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    Broken rib due to excessive coughing, muscle strain under rib cage, voice loss, phlegm discharge on coughing. Treatment?

I have a broken rib due to coughing. It broke 5 days ago. (Also some muscle strain under the rib cage.) I have to tell myself to breathe deeply. I am still coughing up phlem with ever cough and my lungs sound watery . Now I am losing my voice. It that related? I have a follow up dr. apt. in 36 hours. Do I need to be see sooner than that?
Sat, 2 Feb 2013
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The presence of cough with phlem is suggestive of an infection in your airways and it needs systemic antibiotics to control it. You can wait for 36 hours and do a steam inhalation in the meanwhile for relief.
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