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Can you ever cough so hard you feel like passing out?

Can you ever cough so hard you feel like passing out?

Yes: Coughing is spasms can lead to hyperventilation and near syncope (passing out). I had a patient do this at home, church and even in the urgent care. Very scary, but treatment lead to good outcome. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Gum bled night b4 floss AM woke choke on acid reflux then dried blood in nose Afternoon spit not cough tsp of bright red blood in clear saliva Advise?

Gum bled night b4 floss AM woke choke on acid reflux then dried blood in nose Afternoon spit not cough tsp of bright red blood in clear saliva Advise?

Check it out: You need to see a periodontist For oral bleeding and you need to see a GI physician to check out your stomach area maybe even an ENT physician
Don't ignore your problem ...Read more

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2/22/15 fever.26th normal. Afternoon 27th fever w/cough till now it hasn't gone away ive tried everything, but I feel mucus and I throw up last meal?

2/22/15 fever.26th normal. Afternoon 27th fever w/cough till now it hasn't gone away ive tried everything, but I feel mucus and I throw up last meal?

Fever comes and goes: I suspect that you have a viral bronchitis. I would try plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, mucinex (guaifenesin) or Guafenesin 400 or 600 mg either 6 or 4 times a day (2400 mg a day) and acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the fever. The sensation of wanting to vomit is from swallowing mucus which irritates the stomach ...Read more

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How to get rid of cold/cough symptoms before my birthday dinner this afternoon!?

Sorry: Unfortunately there is no quick fix for the common cold and cough. Rest, fluids and time is the best treatment. A cough suppressant like dextromethorphan can help some people with an irritant cough from a cold temporarily. ...Read more

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I just had gallbladder surgery 8days ago. I was fine until yesterday afternoon. I now have a cough and what feels like a cold. Should I be concerned?

I just had gallbladder surgery 8days ago. I was fine until yesterday afternoon. I now have a cough and what feels like a cold. Should I be concerned?

Flu after surgery: Recovery from surgery is a time of vulnerability, and catching the flu or a cold is not uncommon. Check in with your surgery team. They may consider a flu shot or anti-virals. Make sure you have a post operative appointment. Then take it easy, rest, oral hydration. Call or go in if you develop fever, rash or vomiting. Be well. ...Read more

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Why would my whole upper left side be in pain? I had a tetanus-whupping cough vaccination yesterday afternoon in the upper part of my left arm

Why would my whole upper left side be in pain? I had a tetanus-whupping cough vaccination yesterday afternoon in the upper part of my left arm

Vaccine reaction: If you got your vaccine in the left arm, it is probably a vaccine reaction. Ice the area and keep it mobile. Ibuprofen is likely to be helpful. If the problem worsens, see your physician. ...Read more

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My son is 3 years old. During the day he is 100% but whenever he lie down for a nap or night time sleep he start to cough. He coughed so at his afternoon nap that he vomited. I think its nasal drip so give allergex any other advise?

My son is 3 years old. During the day he is 100% but whenever he lie down for a nap or night time sleep he start to cough. He coughed so at his afternoon nap that he vomited. I think its nasal drip so give allergex any other advise?

Consider other issue: If this occurs only when he's laying down it could relate to the position change or the location. Is there something in his sleeping area that irritates his lungs to make him cough? Does he have a subtle form of reflux that triggers small amounts of refluxed material to trigger the cough? You should discuss this with his doc. ...Read more

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I've had a low fever (which comes and goes largely in afternoon) and fatigue for 5 months. Later it's also come cough after meal. What can be the matter?

I've had a low fever (which comes and goes largely in afternoon) and fatigue for 5 months. Later it's also come cough after meal. What can be the matter?

You need an exam: There are a large number of illnesses that can cause fatigue, fever and cough. Temperature of 38.3 or higher (101F) is considered significant and more likely to be due to underlying illness. Your answers to specific questions, your physical exam and your medical history will help your Dr to diagnose ...Read more

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Dry cough that after 4 months is not subsiding. Normal chest X-ray, comes in the late afternoon/evening, makes speaking tough. Prilosec not working.

Dry cough that after 4 months is not subsiding. Normal chest X-ray, comes in the late afternoon/evening, makes speaking tough. Prilosec not working.

Chronic cough: 3 most common causes of a chronic dry cough - asthma, rhinitis, and gastroesophageal reflux. Chest Xray usually normal in all 3 of these conditions. An allergist/immunologist or a primary care physician can help evaluate and diagnose the 3 most common causes of chronic dry cough. ...Read more

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I'm having high fever, headache, cold & cough, toes and finger are cold. I vomited in the afternoon. What I have to do?

I'm having high fever, headache, cold & cough, toes and finger are cold. I vomited in the afternoon. What I have to do?

Dehydration: You may be dehydrated from your cold or flu symptoms. Increase you fluids, water juice to tolerance. Keep hands and extremities warm. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed 2.5 MG hydrocortisone 3 x a day. I took the first dose at 4 this afternoon andnow have a dry cough. From pill? Dangerous or no big deal?

Dr prescribed 2.5 MG hydrocortisone 3 x a day. I took the first dose at 4 this afternoon andnow have a dry cough. From pill? Dangerous or no big deal?

Unlikely: At this dose, I'd doubt hydrocortisone causes any noticeable effects. At a much much higher dose, cortisone may worsen your reflux leading to a dry cough. I don't believe they are related. ...Read more

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This afternoon I took a nap. Before the nap I was fine. When I woke up, I suddenly had pain in my throat when swallowing. I have had a chronic cough f?

This afternoon I took a nap. Before the nap I was fine. When I woke up, I suddenly had pain in my throat when swallowing. I have had a chronic cough f?

Reflux: Chronic cough is often caused by reflux, acid from stomach coming up. Often it is silent and people do not feel it. When the acid get to the throat it gets on/ by the vocal cords causing a cough. Occasional the reflux is more acidic and people feel it. Another cause of chronic cough and throat pain is post nasal drop. Both reflux and post nasal drip are worse with sleep due to lying supine. ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal congestion. The following also describe me: Cough and Runny nose. I took a Clairton this afternoon at 3 and a benadryl around?

Cold, allergies...: Your symptoms of nasal congestion, cough and runny nose could indicate several conditions: a common viral cold, allergies, a sinus infection, etc. More information like how long the symptoms have been going on, and other symptoms like fever, difficulty breathing, etc, need to be assessed. Please set up a consult with a physician on this site for more detailed evaluation. ...Read more

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On Friday I was informed that a girl in my class has whooping cough. I have had a lot of contact with her over the past 2weeks while she has been sick. I went and had the vaccination that afternoon. What are the risks to my baby? I'm 30 weeks pregnant.

On Friday I was informed that a girl in my class has whooping cough. I have had a lot of contact with her over the past 2weeks while she has been sick. I went and had the vaccination that afternoon. What are the risks to my baby? I'm 30 weeks pregnant.

Nothing direct: In some cases we treat close contacts before they test positive to stop further transmission of the disease. If you do get it, it would have no direct effect on the fetus. It is a localized infection in the lung tissue & does not spread in the blood, which is the only way it could bother baby. If it is going around after baby is born the shot you received should provide some protection for baby ...Read more

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6yo was diagnosed in the ER with pneumonia on Sun night, has been on Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) since Mon afternoon. Thurs he still has a fever, no appetite, and bad cough. At what point should I take him back to see his doctor?

6yo was diagnosed in the ER with pneumonia on Sun night, has been on Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) since Mon afternoon. Thurs he still has a fever, no appetite, and bad cough. At what point should I take him back to see his doctor?

Now will be a good: Time. Your son has been on antibiotics for more than 48 hours and appears to be getting worse. His doctor will likely want to re assess his plan of care. Continue the recommended care though until he is seen for follow up. ...Read more

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I have cough?

I have cough?

Cough: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea w a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea w 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 mins). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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I have cough?

I have cough?

Cougher: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. Lemon juice & 1 tsp. Honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more

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How to cure cough?

There really is: No cure but products with guanefisin can help as can tea and honey and cough drops ...Read more

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Why do people cough?

Why do people cough?

Many reasons: Persons cough for various reasons. A cough can be associated with upper or lower respiratory infections, acid reflux, asthma (even without wheezing), post nasal drip, foreign body obstructions, lesions in the lungs such as cancer, and even damage to some nerves. There are many causes to a cough. ...Read more

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What causes a cough?

What causes a cough?

Determine cause: Chronic cough is most commonly due to 3 conditions: asthma, post-nasal drip, or GERD (heartburn). You might have one or a combination of all three. Post-viral cough is also very common and can last for weeks. Further workup by Allergist is helpful as they can perform a more detailed assessment including skin testing, pulmonary function testing, etc. Treatment will depend on cause. ...Read more

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Why do people cough?

Why do people cough?

Reaction: Cough is a defense mechanism intended to clear the lungs and airways from anything offending them. ...Read more

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What if I had a cough?

What if I had a cough?

Coughing: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more