Cronic? Cough and mucus on the back of the throat

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Hello, I'm 17 years old. For a few months (started on September I think) now I've had this cough along with mucus on the back of the throat. I went to the doctor and eventually the cough disappeared for a few weeks (but the mucus didn't) and now it's back! I am planning on going to the doctor again this week - but I am not sure if I have to.

I also need to get vaccinated, but the doctor said that I cannot get vaccinated until the symptoms are gone! I have no other symptoms other than the cough and mucus. No fever, no nothing! Do you think this may be an allergy?

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    I think at 17 it is very unlikely to be bronchiectasis especially as you have already visited your doctor about this and it would be very unlikely you would get a CT at your age unless it was very serious because of the risk of cancer.

    There is a very good chance it could be allergies, especially as the mucus is just in your throat and not on your chest and you have no other symptoms.

    Is there a time of day you get the cough more or a place where you cough more? Have you been around a new pet or a dusty atmosphere? Even things like not changing your sheets every week can set some people's allergies off. Or perhaps you have a new detergent or cleaning product.

    Try some antihistamine to see if it helps. Also try giving up dairy for a week because some people get affected by this.

    If you are still worried after a week or you are getting other symptoms go back to your doctor.

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      I am not saying that people who are young can't be affected, I am just saying it is unlikely of someone who is 17 who displays no other symptoms than a cough with phlegm who has visited their doctor with these symptoms. I don't think it is necessary to worry someone of 17 of a serious illness which the likelihood of them getting is statistically very rare and going by their symptoms is very unlikely. If you thought it could have been a possibility you could have suggested it in a less direct way. For example, "there are many conditions relating to coughing with phlegm from a common cold to bronchiectasis, but you need to explore this further with your doctor if you are worried." In my opinion, as someone who has had allergies and a serious lung condition, it sounds much more like allergies to me. Maybe I am wrong, which is why I wrote in my reply "if you are still worried after a week or you are getting any other symptoms go back to your doctor." I am not trying to undermine your opinion, I just think you maybe need to understand how your response may have come across to someone who isn't quite yet an adult. I didn't mean any offense to you in my reply and I am sorry if you took it that way because it wasn't how it was intended.

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    Update! I went to my doctor again the other day and she prescribed me an antibiotic: Azax 500.

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