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Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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I have a weird cold since almost 4 weeks now. It started with

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I have a weird cold since almost 4 weeks now. It started with congested ears, on and off throughout the day but mostly in the morning. Now this developed into a cough, I basically have the feeling that mucus should come up, but it doesn't, so it's actually quite a dry cough. I don't have congested or running nose, jut feeling my ears (still) sometimes. I am generally feeling fine, but I am worried because this is not getting better and takes now several weeks. Also I want to continue with my running schedule and workout but am worried that this may not be a good idea with this weird cold.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
. Any fever? And any problem with indigestion or heartburn?
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

no fever, or indigestion or heartburn

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK Patricia. Can you tell me more about the congested ears? And how often do you cough?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I cough quite often at the moment, since a few days. I think the ears might be getting better, but still feel them sometimes (as if they are congested).

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I actually went to the doctor, but only a nurse was there (doctor was on outside duty). she looked into my ears and said they would look clear. rest, she basically played down the cold and suggested to drink a lot.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK Patricia. First off, any cough that lasts as long as yours has warrants seeing a doctor exam and a chest x-ray. The reason I asked about indigestion is that sometimes this can be from a gastric acid reflux problem at night that can cause a chemical bronchitis. But even without a fever or a productive cough or feeling ill one still could have pneumonia. Another possibility would be a sinus infection with post nasal drip causing the cough. Finally it could be an allergy problem considering the congested ear feeling. I don't think, all in all, this is too serious but you need to have it checked out by the doctor himself
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Ok, thank you. I will make another appointment then. Hopefully this clears soon. Thanks again.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
My pleasure but do let me know how it goes Patricia