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Dry, sore throat after gastroenteritis, persistent cough with phlegm. How to treat it?

Hi, I have been having sore throat and dry and sometimes phelgm cough, after an episode of gastroenteritis(lasted a week). The sore throat and cough have not gotten better for 2 weeks+. There is phelgm sometimes but not enough for me to be able to spit it out and figure out the colour. The coughing has kept me up at night and no cough syrup has done the trick. There are more episodes of coughing at night. I used to occasionally smoke(10 a week) for a period of last 8 months and am wondering if its just the cilia growing back. I haven t smoked even one cigarette for the period I am sick(2+ weeks). I am quitting completely as it isn t something I am addicted to. My main concern right now is this cough, as it does not sound like a normal cough and it feels like I am coughing through a straw while my inner chest walls vibrate hard with each cough. Thank you for all your help.
Asked On : Fri, 25 Jan 2013
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You need to have an Xray chest pa view done and in addition you need to start antibiotics .
Antibiotic will help and will make the chest free of infection and you will feel better.
In addition it will make nose better and phlegm will decrease.
You also need to take decongestants oral and nasal drops.
Take cough syrups for relief in throat and cough.
Take care of reflux or acidity or heart burn , if you have it the take following precautions--
Keep head end of bed elevated.
Avoid alcohol, Smoking
Do brisk walking daily
Go for walk after dinner
Avoid spicy food     
Avoid late night coffee
Answered: Fri, 6 Sep 2013
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