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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 Karla, Community Member, asks

Q: What can cause severe sore throat and cough with no fever?

I have been sick for two weeks.  It started out with a sore throat.  Now I have a severe cough, and the sore throat is gone.  No fever.

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steven1234, Community Member
4/14/09 9:15pm

yea me too, i have the same exact thing but i cant find any solutions anywhere

picklesrcute, Community Member
4/23/09 3:14pm

Me too!!  what the heck!  It just wont let go!  It started with 2 days of sore throat, coughing for almost 3 weeks, NO sore throat, no stuffy nose, just this hacking cough, I cough so hard at night that I gag---especially at night.  And it is getting embarrassing during the day--it isnt constant but it is heavy, every few minutes--who wants to be around that? 

  now, just the last the last 2 days I've gotten nauseated off and on -even vomited once.  but between very short bouts of nausea (5-10) min.  I'm completely fine and can eat again. I mean, I'm completely fine an hour later--and Im NOT pregnant.  I don't have medical coverage, but with the way it sounds, even the doctors dont know what this is.  If anyone finds out--let us know!!



Here's what I want to know--how can a doctor NOT know what this is--I mean get some labs done, right?

If they would quit just arbitrarily writing scrips.  I mean, have they even done a gram stain on sputum or anything???--or maybe its not bacteria at all and it is a virus- in which case I guess I'll just take vitamins and wait for my immune response to kick in.


Oh, man, this stinks  :(



Monica, Community Member
10/10/10 3:10am

I have had a severe cough for over a week now and nothing I try works.  I went to the doctor who gave me a cough syrup with codine.  I'm supposed to take it 4xday.  I have a four year old and can't!  I wake up at night coughing.  Haven't had a good night's sleep since this started.  Neither has mu husband! My son was sick the previous week and is just fine now.  He had an ear infection which was treated with antibiotics. I am coughing so much and so hard that I can't control my bladder.  I have to wear a pad to make sure that I don't pee myself! I've vomited twice in the last week.  The headache that comes because of the coughing is so brutal, my eyes tear and I can't see straight.


I have tried Nyquil, Cough strips, Cough drops, The meds from my doctor, A dextromethorphan spray and cough drops (these seem to give some relief but I'm having to take way over the recommended dosage).


I'm going to try to see my doctor again for a follow up.  I really need some relief and so does my family!

8/13/14 2:54pm

Hi Karla,


You asked this question a long time ago, but I was wondering if you had a diagnosis and treatment plan you might want to share.  I do hope you found relief.


I am not a medical doctor, but I do know that sometimes a virus can cause a sore throat and subsequent cough.  Also, nasal drip from sinus infections, acid from reflux, and irritations from allergies can also cause sore throats and coughing.


Only your doctor can make the final diagnosis, but you might be interested in reading these articles for more information:


Chronic sinusitis

Nasal Allergies, Sinusitis and Nasal Irrigations - What You Need to Know

Allergies, Cold, Sinusitis, Flu -- Which Is It?

Understanding Acid Reflux: A Doctor Q&A


Hope you are well!



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By Karla, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/18/14, First Published: 03/10/09