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I have a terrible cough that won't go any. It's been two

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hello, I have a terrible cough that won't go any. It's been two weeks now and it only seems to get worse
JA: Have you used any medication for the cough?
Customer: cough syrups bought in the pharmacy
JA: Got it. Have you seen a doctor about the cough?
Customer: no
JA: Thank you so much for your time. Finally, is there anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: no
Submitted: 10 days ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Baker replied 10 days ago.

Thank you for contacting Just Answer

Expert:  Dr Baker replied 10 days ago.

I am sorry to hear. Is this productive? Are you short of breath? Have you had a sore throat or runny nose/congestion?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Expert:  Dr Baker replied 10 days ago.

Okay thanks, ***** ***** the sore throat and congestion?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
had a terrible sore throat but now pretty much gone, but still have a runny nose
Expert:  Dr Baker replied 10 days ago.

Okay thanks. So it is quite normal for this to go on to 3, sometimes 4 weeks. Your symptoms make a viral cause more likely.

If however you are worsening with worsening shortness of breath, then you would need to be seen, but what you are doing is fine, you just need more time.

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
is there nothing you recommend me taking that will cure it faster?
Customer: replied 10 days ago.
last night i was awake pretty much all night because of the cough
Expert:  Dr Baker replied 10 days ago.

You can try some symptoms relief such as cold and flu which contain decongestants, but these are for symptom relief only.