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My 7-year-old has been coughing for six weeks and her 5 day Z-pack didn't work. What will?

She has dark under-eye circles, is losing weight, and sometimes coughs until she vomits.
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A cough that has lasted that long needs to be assessed by a doctor. It could be many things including asthma, allergies, and even pneumonia or pertussis.

Children should rarely lose weight- this is concerning. Your child needs to see a doctor right away, so she can get on the right treatment plan.

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First, one has to consider allergies. Her cough may be a manifestation of an allergic response. Those dark circles under her eyes could be "allergic shiners," often seen in allergies. Another possibility would be back-to-back viral infections -- not uncommon with a social girl in school

Second, although uncommon, children can get sinusitis with constant post-nasal drainage. Zithromax is not the best medication for sinusitis.

Third, we are in the midst of a pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic (even if her cough is not the whooping sound). She may need to to be tested.

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