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Cough After Flu -How long do I wait before I go to Dr.?

I developed flu symptoms 2 weeks ago today. All has passed with the exception of a semi blocked nose and a persistant cough. I am not coughing anything up altough I do feel that something goes into my throat but never actually makes it as far as my mouth. How long should I wait before I go to the doctors as the cough does not seem to be getting any better.
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replied March 4th, 2012
Welcome to e health forum.

You may try to relieve your symptoms of blocked nose with OTC antihistamines like Benadryl. Increased fluid intake and proper rest will also be helpful. Steam inhalation and saline gargling will help to remove your throat irritation.

Some important complications that occur after a flu infection include - pneumonia, bronchitis or sinusitis. Hence you should consult with a doctor, in case you have the following symptoms:-

1. Difficulty breathing, or chest pain
2. Persistent fever
3. Vomiting or inability to keep fluids down.
4. Painful swallowing
5. Persistent coughing
6. persistent congestion and headaches.

I hope this helps.


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