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Top 3 Teething Causes

  1. 1.Bronchitis

    Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry air to your lungs. It causes a cough that often brings up mucus, as well as shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness. It is typically caused by a virus.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own by resting, drinking fluids and taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to alleviate fever and discomfort. If the condition lasts longer than a few weeks, or if your symptoms are worsening, you may want to see a doctor who may prescribe an inhaler or pursue other treatment options.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    cough, productive cough, sore throat, wheezing, coughing up green or yellow phlegm
    Symptoms that always occur with bronchitis:
    cough
    Symptoms that never occur with bronchitis:
    nausea or vomiting
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  2. 2.Benign Cough

    Coughing is a reflex used to keep the throat and airways clear and healthy. When it occurs without fever or other signs of infection, it is considered benign.

    A benign cough does not require medical intervention. If your cough really bothers you, try gargling with saline or an over the counter cough medicine. If your cough changes or you get other symptoms, please check in here again or contact your primary care physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    cough, cough with dry or watery sputum, severe cough
    Symptoms that always occur with benign cough:
    cough
    Symptoms that never occur with benign cough:
    fever, severe cough, being severely ill, coughing up blood
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Normal Congestion and Runny Nose

    A stuffy or congested nose occurs when the tissues lining it become swollen. The swelling is due to inflamed blood vessels.The problem may also include nasal discharge or "runny nose." If excess mucus runs down the back of your throat (postnasal drip), it may cause a cough or sore throat.

    Your runny nose and congestion looks like a variation of normal, which doesn't require any treatment, for now.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    congestion, runny nose, clear runny nose
    Symptoms that never occur with normal congestion and runny nose:
    fever, new headache, severe congestion
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Teething

  • Q.Have you been exposed to any kids that go to daycare?
  • Q.Do you look very sick (pale, sweaty, sleepy, unusual etc.)?
  • Q.Have you had difficulty feeding?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our teething symptom checker.

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Teething Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced teething have also experienced:

    • 16% Fever
    • 16% Cough
    • 8% Recent Increase in Crying
  • People who have experienced teething were most often matched with:

    • 12% Bronchitis
    • 4% Benign Cough
    • 4% Normal Congestion and Runny Nose
  • 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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