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A 43-year-old male asked about a 66-year-old female:

Mom has had a cough for a year but in the last 3 months it has turned to a violent gag reflex making breathing very hard 15 seconds or so. ?

3 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Roy Arnold
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
Not normal: A chronic cough for that long needs further evaluation. She should be evaluated by her Primary Care and perhaps see a lung specialist. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!
Dr. Michael Michaels
Urology 54 years experience
No doctor yet???: Sorry about your mom.She has been coughing for a year and not been evaluated yet? Many thing can cause a chronic cough.Is she a smoker? It makes no sense to list the causes of cough.Please take your mom to doctor for full evaluation.Goosd luck.
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Must see a physician: It's not unusual for people to vomit if they have paroxysms of coughing. However a cough lasting a year along with violent gaging and shortness of breath is worrysom and a person with these symptoms should have a thorough evaluation, including a chest x ray. Your physician will want you to see a specialist.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
This is very good advice. Is she by any chance taking an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor? This may cause a really bad cough. Asthma has a variant that coughs; lung function testing or a trial of a bronchodilator will make the call clear. There are many other possibilities.
Sep 24, 2014

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