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Suggest treatment for severe cough

Hello Doctor, my name is Ashley, I'm 21, 5'4 and 119 lbs. I have had a hard time breathing and a nasty cough for the past 3 weeks now.. I feel like there is fluid in my lungs so I try to exhale with force to get it out and that will trigger my coughing.. but I can't breath well if I don't do that... I can't sleep because of the cough and I will have these coughing fits that gets to the point where I actually throw up. Sometimes the coughs are dry even though I feel what seems to be fluid in my lungs but they are pretty productive most of the time and I do cough out a lot of moisture.. I stay healthy, I've not been sick, I do have allergies but nothing ever like this.. I can't get an appointment with my doctor for about a week so I wanted to know if I should be concerned?? Thanks a ton in advance!
Ashley
Mon, 18 Jul 2016
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Since you are having allergies, possibility of allergic bronchitis is more.
Bronchitis is inflammation of airways. Your all symptoms like coughing, phlegm, breathing difficulty etc are suggestive of bronchitis more.
So better to consult pulmonologist and get done
1. Clinical examination of respiratory system
2. PFT (pulmonary function test).
PFT is needed for the diagnosis of bronchitis. It will also tell you about severity of the disease and treatment is based on severity only.
You will mostly improve with inhaled bronchodilator and inhaled corticosteroids (ICS).
Oral anti allergic (montelukast) is also beneficial in your case.
Don't worry, you will be alright.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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