Skip to content

    Announcements

    Attention All WebMD Community Members:

    These message boards are closed to posting. Please head on over to our new WebMD Message Boards to check out and participate in the great conversations taking place: https://messageboards.webmd.com/

    Your new WebMD Message Boards are now open!

    Making the move is as easy as 1-2-3.

    1. Head over to this page: https://messageboards.webmd.com/health-conditions/f/ear-nose-throat/

    2.Choose the tag from the drop-down menu that clicks most with you (and add it to any posts you create so others can easily find and sort through posts)

    3.Start posting

    Have questions? Email us anytime at CommunityManagement@webmd.net

    Includes Expert Content
    dry cough, does not produce much sputum
    avatar
    Anon_40555 posted:

    I was taking chemotherapy ,but stopped a week ago, when I caught a cough, from a relative, after a week of bed rest, lots liquids etc, I'm going to stop taking the expectorant, as cough is dry and does not produce much sputum, will have wait another week to see if improves or just runs its course,any suggestions?
     
    avatar
    Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
    Assuming "it" is a virus, it will run it's course, but you are a bit immunocompromised right now because of your recent chemotherapy so your virus can take longer to resolved.

    We are all at the mercy of respiratory viruses, so the only things that can be done is to alleviate the annoying symptoms and allow time for your body to heal. Colds can set the stage for secondary bacterial infections, so if you are getting worse at any point, you will need to see your medical provider right away for a proper examination.
     
    avatar
    Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
    I have a new blog about colds.....

    http://blogs.webmd.com/all-ears/


    Helpful Tips

    Your Home Black BagExpert
    Doctors used to carry black bags containing all the medical tools they would need for a home visit. Of course, that rarely happens anymore. ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    32 of 54 found this helpful

    Expert Blog

    Focus on Flu

    Find answers to your questions about seasonal flu issues and answers to your concerns about the flu season and H1N1...Read More

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.