Cough with Pain in My Rib Cage

Patient : I have had a cold for the last 4-5 days, with the cold came a very frequnt cough. Nowwhen I cough I feel pain in both sides of my rib cage. I am not coughing up any flem or blood, just feel a little pain as I said in my rib cage. Should I be concerned and is there anything I should take for it?. Thank you.
Doctor :   Hello, I understand your concern about your moderate to severe dry cough.  Surely after an upper respiratory infection, generally the last symptom to disappear is the cough. Sometimes the cough could be present for 2 weeks to more than a month. If the cough is accompanied by sputum production, it would be not recommended to stop it since it is a way to clear up the lungs but if the cough is dry and produces irritation usually over the counter cough syrups could be used. It is also recommended to drink plenty of fluids and watch for signs of alert such as high fever, chest pain and sputum production. If the symptoms persist for the next few days or the get worse, you might want to consider consulting your physician to rule out Pneumonia. I wish you a prompt recovery.

Related Q&A

Q: About a month ago I was given a clinical diagnosis of having the flu (the kid I nanny tested positive and a few days ...

Q: Cold with fever continously for 3 year old from past one month.if she is on antibiotics no fever she is good.once ant...

Q: Hi, My husband has been diagnosed with Q fever, Ross river fever and glandular fever. He has been prescribed doxycyc...

Q: I got a flu shot 2 days ago, woke up last night with legs uncontrollably shaking and severe ache in opposite arm of i...

Q: I'm 30 years old with fever and cough. Also a runny nose for the last few days. what should I take?

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews