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On Augmentin for sinus infection, have rattling cough, worsened symptoms. Suggestions?

Hi, I m currently being treated for a sinus infection with Augmentin . Since I ve been on Augmentin, my symptoms have changed and now are in my lungs. I have a rattling-like cough , but I am not able to cough anything up. Sometimes I can t control when I cough and when I don t and have coughing fits . I have 5 more days left of my prescription of Augmentin, but shouldn t I be feeling better after 5 days?
Asked On : Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Sinus infections can sometimes take a little longer to subside. Moreover since the sinuses ar connected to the nose and the throat, it is possible that you could have developed a throat or a lung infection also. Another possibility for the cough could be what is called a "post-nasal drip", where the secretions from the sinus can drip into the throat and cause irritation and cough.

Since Augmentin is a good antibiotic for respiratory infections, I would suggest that you wait till you complete the full course. Meanwhile, you can take a cough syrup (probably with a mucolytic and expectorant), saline gargles and stem inhalation.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Emergency Medicine Specialist
Answered: Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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