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Having throat irritation and cough after TB treatment. Is TB still persisting? Taking zerotuss. Have smoking addiction

hi Dr my dad was on treatment of TB and after the proper medication , his TB was ruled out. Since last few days, he is having irritation in his throat , that is causing him to cough . He is taking zerotuss as a syrup and has a bit relief also. Just wanna to knw, is it a normal cough or there is need to visit some TB specialist agai. My dad was a chronic smoker three years ago, but now its limited to one cigratte a week
Asked On : Mon, 15 Oct 2012
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Thanks for your query.
I suggest you to have that zerotuss cough syrup for some days and if cough subsides then its ok but if it persists you should consult a pulmonologist.
There are many possibilities of this persistent cough like upper airway cough syndrome, tuberculosis, GERD, lung cancer specially in a aged smoker.
Therefore these causes are needed to be excluded by proper physical examination and by some investigations.
So you need to consult a pulmonologist if the cough persists even after a 2 weeks course of anti-tussive.
Thank you.
Answered: Tue, 16 Oct 2012
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