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A 27-year-old male asked:

i have been tested positive for covid. im having shallow breathing and bad coughing. ?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
COVID 19: Rest, hydrate, quarantine & eat healthfully. Consider use of acetaminophen, saline for nasal irrigation, decongestant or cough syrup. Naprosyn is a good choice if NSAID’s are used. Zinc, vitamin C & D supplements may be helpful. Get urgent care for difficulty breathing, blue lips or face, marked persistent chest pain/ pressure or new onset confusion.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Breathing difficulty: If you have difficulty breathing, go to hospital immediately, call an ambulance, take a taxi, get a friend to drive you there. Wish you good health!

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Is it normal for my baby to be choking, sneezing, gagging, and coughing regularly?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Normal babies occasionally sneeze and cough, uncommonly gag and rarely choke. If your baby is regularly doing any or all of these, you should arrange for an appointment with your pediatrician as soon as possible.
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What are the differences between a cough suppressant and an expectorant?

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Dr. Lawrence Wasser
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Expectorants thin: Expectorants make mucus thinner and easier to cough up, and should be used with loose, productive coughs. Suppressants inhibit coughing and are best used with dry, non-productive coughs.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take cough medication in pregnancy?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
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Yes: It is safest to take the medications with the least ingredients though. If a medication has multiple components, it's likely that at least 1 will cause problems with pregnancy.
A 31-year-old member asked:

I can't stop wheezing and coughing. Could I have developed asthma?

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Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Yes: Persistent wheezing may be a sign of asthma, which should not be ignored especially during pregnancy as it can deleterious effects both on the fetus and mom.
A 48-year-old member asked:

If someone stopped breathing during an asthma attack what would the doctors do for them?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
VEry Dangerous: If one were to stop breathing during an asthma attack then very aggressive invasive procedures would be done to save that persons life. Most likely that person would be inutubated, have a breathing tube placed in their airway, so that they could be mechanically ventilated. Depending upon others clinical conditions of pt more maneuvers would be done as well.

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