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Chest tightness, painful and nonproductive cough. Do I need antibiotics?

HI i have a tight chest , and barking non prodcutive painful cough . I am starting to sound very hoarse as if im loosing my voice - andhave been like this for 3 days now. I dont feel ill as such but the cough is persistant and really does hurt my chest. Do i need antibiotics to nip in the bud or could it be viral? many thanks Sally
Asked On : Wed, 20 Mar 2013
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A barking cough without fever , fatigue, or feeling ill --- it is unlikely to be due to infection. You need not take antibiotics.
Are you on any medications ? Some drugs can precipitate cough.
Do you have runny nose, nasal block etc ? Irritation of throat with secretion from back of nose can cause cough.
If your voice stays hoarse , do get an evaluation of your larynx by an ENT surgeon.

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Answered: Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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