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Suggest remedy for dry cough

I have had a dry tickly cough for over a week. It is getting more productive. But about 5 days ago a experienced sudden pain in my lower ribs on the right side. Now it has travelled up to below my breast still on my right side and still painful in the original spot. Should I worry? Or did I just strain myself?

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
In my opinion, we should definitely rule out lung infection in your case because you're have developed chest pain and worsening cough.
So get done chest x ray. If this is normal then no need to worry for lung infection.
Possibility of musculoskeletal pain is more likely due to coughing.
So take levocetrizine 5 mg twice daily for coughing.
Apply warm water pad on affected areas of chest. Take simple painkiller like paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Avoid movements causing pain.
You will mostly improve with all these in 5 days.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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Suggest remedy for dry cough

Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic. I can understand your concern. In my opinion, we should definitely rule out lung infection in your case because you re have developed chest pain and worsening cough. So get done chest x ray. If this is normal then no need to worry for lung infection. Possibility of musculoskeletal pain is more likely due to coughing. So take levocetrizine 5 mg twice daily for coughing. Apply warm water pad on affected areas of chest. Take simple painkiller like paracetamol or ibuprofen. Avoid movements causing pain. You will mostly improve with all these in 5 days. Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.