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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Suggest treatment for persistent cough

Hi doctor. I am 27 Male smoker. For the past few weeks i have been coughing up brown phlegm throughout the day. went to doctor and she ordered a chest xray to make sure it was not the C word. This scared me alot as i suffer from health anxiety, Anyway 2 weeks ago had chest xray and it came back clear and normal heart size, i still cough up brown phlegm. Any ideas?
Fri, 17 Oct 2014
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Thanks for posting your query .

First of all you might have heard of Smoker's cough . It is a irritating Dry cough for weeks to years seen in Smokers .
Now I know that you are having a wet cough with brown phlegm , but your smoking habit irritates the throat and airway and Lungs. This Irritation increases the chances of having infection, either in Throat or Airway or in Lungs .

We can treat this infection with Antibiotics and it will become al-right but as long as you don't stop smoking these problems will come back . Stop try to quit smoking .

As of your present problem get Sputum Culture sensitivity test done and revert back with report . You need to be started on Antibiotic as per culture sensitivity report .

Hope you find this information useful .
Any clarification feel free to ask .

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