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Over - the - Counter Medication Use for Cough Checker

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Your Over - the - Counter Medication Use for Cough May Also be Known as:
Cough and took delsym
Cough and took otc medication
Cough and took robitussin

Top 3 Over - the - Counter Medication Use for Cough Causes

  1. 1.Bacterial Pneumonia

    Bacterial pneumonia is the infection of the lungs with bacteria (as opposed to a fungus or a virus).

    You should go see a doctor within the next day since this diagnosis requires a chest X-ray in addition to a doctor's assessment. Treatment with antibiotics is important to keeping the infection under control, which can become dangerous if it spreads or worsens within the lungs.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, cough, headache, loss of appetite, shortness of breath
    Symptoms that always occur with bacterial pneumonia:
    cough
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

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  2. 2.Acute Bacterial Sinusitis

    Acute bacterial sinusitis occurs when the sinuses become infected and, in turn, inflamed, which causes pain and other symptoms. The sinuses are air-filled cavities in the face that are generally clean and empty but when sick collect excess mucus and can become infected.

    You should visit a physician or urgent care facility in the next day or two. It’s likely your sinus infection is caused by a bacterial infection, which requires treatment with antibiotics. In the mean time, ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be taken to help with pain & fever.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, cough, muscle aches, sore throat
    Symptoms that always occur with acute bacterial sinusitis:
    sinusitis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with acute bacterial sinusitis:
    clear runny nose, being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Viral Pneumonia

    Viral pneumonia is inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the lungs due to infection with a virus. Community-acquired pneumonia is the most common type, which is usually acquired in public areas such as at work, school, or grocery store.

    You should see a care provider to be treated and for evaluation of severity of your symptoms. Viral pneumonia is NOT treated with antibiotics, and you may find over-the-counter medications for pain and fever to be helpful.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, cough, shortness of breath, loss of appetite
    Symptoms that never occur with viral pneumonia:
    unexplained bruising
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Over - the - Counter Medication Use for Cough

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Does your cough produce phlegm?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Do you have a sore throat?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our over-the-counter medication use for cough symptom checker.

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Over - the - Counter Medication Use for Cough Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced over-the-counter medication use for cough had symptoms persist for:

    • 34% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Two Weeks to a Month
    • 17% One to Two Weeks
  • People who have experienced over-the-counter medication use for cough were most often matched with:

    • 40% Bacterial Pneumonia
    • 20% Acute Bacterial Sinusitis
    • 20% Viral Pneumonia
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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