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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Durgin
19 years experience General Surgery
Cough: Some common causes of chronic cough include asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinus problems (for example sinus infection), and esophageal reflux of stomach ... Read More

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A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
28 years experience Family Medicine
See a Dr!: Depending on the level of difficulty, you may need to go to the ER, or at least give your Dr a call! Sometimes people can have a heart attack, and th ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosen
29 years experience Medical Oncology
Chronic Sinusitis: You may have chronic sinusitis. An otolaryngologist can confirm . You would probably benefit from oral steroids, oral antibiotics, and nasal steroid s ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Need to be examined: Kindly see your doctor for assessment, it can an upper or, less likely, lower respiratory tract infection that would need prescription medications, go ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Bronchitis: These symptoms are consistent with chronic bronchitis with features of possible emphysema or asthma even in the absence of wheezing. Of course you mus ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience Clinical Psychology
Shortness of breath: Can be one of the symptoms of anxiety attacks. Try not to panic, sit calmly, put both feet on the ground and relax your breathing intentionally. The ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
Specializes in Family Medicine
You're not alone.: It's often difficult to tell whether the mucus comes from post-nasal drip or from infection or irritation of the air passages or lungs. If this has l ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Murray Grossan
72 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Stuffy nose: Is this a recent event or a chronic one? Try humming and lots of green tea with lemon and honey. This can get lazy nasal cilia moving and these drain ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Marvin Den
44 years experience Internal Medicine
Sinus issues: You may have an alllergic or non allergic rhinitis or an infection of your sinuses. You can try otc allergy meds and nasal saline. If they do not work ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Inspire vs expire: Coughing and shortness of breath are common symptoms for asthma. Difficulty breathing on expiration is typical of asthma, while difficulty breathing ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Rosenthal
17 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Goes both ways: Some of my patients are irritated by chemicals of poolwater when swimming and some are helped. Depends on how your nose acts with it. Salt content a ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Wet them: There are available preparations of nasal saline solution that can be used regularly to moisten nasal passages. There are also some gel saline product ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Vanderbrook
21 years experience Family Medicine
Bronchitis: There are also medications available that help to thin the mucus and make it easier to expel. You might also want to have a pulmonary function test t ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Usely not: This is typical but there are inhalers that help to loosen and expectorate it easier. You want to see your lung doc.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Smoking: Smokers are prone to lung irritations and infections like bronchitis, which produces mucus and coughing. Hoping your Chantix helps you quit smoking - ... Read More
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A 88-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Consider these...: Difficulty swallowing ("dysphagia") can be distinguished as a "transfer" problem (difficulty moving food from mouth to top of esophagus), "transit" pr ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irving Harper
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Concern: If you feel like you can get enough air, you need to be concerned about possible swelling in the airways. You should have your doc listen to year-lon ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rifat Naghmi
45 years experience Internal Medicine
Trouble breathing: This could suggest asthma. Please see your doctor to get a proper evaluation.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes.....: You can be short of breath while breathing through your nose. The combination of chest discomfort and shortness of breath can be due to many things, i ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Many possibilities: See a lung doctor for further evaluation. Asthma comes to mind as most common in your age group, but other conditions need to be considered as well.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
How do you know?: You will need a lung function test to ascertain whether your have asthma. If you smoke, you may be suffering from chronic bronchitis and the treatmen ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes you can: posterior nasal discharge with clear nostril if you have sinusitis especially sphenoinal sinusitis, keep irrigating your nasal passages, and probably ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Asthma?: You may have asthma or hyperactive airway disease. Initially with asthma attacks pts get the urge to cough and get short of breathe. I would see eithe ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Post nasal drip: Hello. The nasal mucus could be excessive especially during allergy season. I would recommend first a nasal saline wash . Sometimes just removing the ... Read More
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