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Air Conditioning Cough
Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?
Maybe: Asthma symptoms are cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness that is recurrent. It typically worsens at night and with exercise. There are multiple triggers including allergies, smoke/irritants and even acid reflux. An allergist or pulmonologist can perform a history, exam and lung function tests to help determine if asthma is the cause. ...Read more
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
11 month female baby have a faver. Maybe on air condition room sleep and get cold. Not cry, not cough, just feel haven't strengtg get up.
I hav talking induced dry cough that last for several weeks after exposure to cold air, air condition& after influenza infection. Any help about reasons?
Sometimes after a severe respiratory infection, the cough can linger for a few months. The airways can become inflamed and spasm. Certain triggers can cause this to occur including excessive talking, laughing and cold air.
If it persists beyond a couple of months, you should see your local doctor to ensure that there is not another reason for the cough.
Pamela Svendsen, MD ...Read more
When I exhale I feel a small urge to cough or like air is still being released from one side what is this?
Asthma: It sounds like you have an obstruction in the bronchial tubes which is impeding air form leaving your lungs. This can be part of an asthma problem. I would also be worried that you may have a foreign body depending on lthe history. If it continues you need to be examined by a doctor. ...Read more
3y/o cough at night in bed. No other issues. We have horrible air quality. Keeping indoors. Is it related or need checked?
Need to know.: We need to know how long this cough has been going on for, how bad it is, wheezing? If it is just a simple cough and only for a few days it is usually associated with a virus and should be resolved in a few days. Honey at this age is ok to use to control symptoms. However, if severe and difficulty breathing and /or wheezing associated you should take your child to the ED for immediate evaluation. ...Read more
Allergy vs asthma?: Your cough might represent a bronchoconstrictive reaction to an airborne allergen or could be evidence of cold-induced asthma. In other words, pollen could cause an allergic reaction in your lungs leading to tightening or narrowing of your bronchioles (breathing tube). The best way to get air out is to force it out via cough. Some are sensitive to cold environment eg cold-induced asthma. ...Read more
Dryness: Dry cold air can cause more coughing ...Read more
Needs immediate care: Your description of your child worries me. At that age, he may have inhaled a foreign body into his lungs, he could have an infection, an asthma attack - so many possibilities. Also, are immunizations up-to-date? Concerned about whooping cough (pertussis) with this history. This should not wait the weekend - he needs to be evaluated today! ...Read more
I been short of air and when I cough I taste snot and my chest is bothersome what do u think is going on?
Cough: Your productive cough sounds pretty bad. Your history shows asthma and diabetes. Both put you in a higher risk category for illness. Looks like you're already on Oxygen, too. Please see your doctor right away. Could be bronchitis or pneumonia. Might just be allergy on top of your current problems, but I'd want to rule out pneumonia first. ...Read more
I have had a hacking cough for over a month that lasts so long when I cough I gasp for air and white muscus is coming up, what could it be?
Sinus infection: The most likely cause is an infection of your sinuses. This may present with the sensation of mucus running down the back of your throat and a cough that is worst in the morning. Pertussis or whooping cough may also give you a prolonged cough. I would recommend evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more
My sister has been coughing for 3 days. She says that the air at home is too cold when she sleeps, and when she is outside, she doesn't cough as much?
Inspire vs expire: Coughing and shortness of breath are common symptoms for asthma. Difficulty breathing on expiration is typical of asthma, while difficulty breathing on inspiration can be suggestive of vocal cord dysfunction. This is when the vocal cords close instead of open when taking a breath. It can occur with asthma or not with asthma. A pulmonologist, allergist or ENT can assist with the diagnosis. ...Read more
What's the difference between a dehumidifier and an air purifier? What would be best for a cough?
A dehumidifier extracts water from the circuklationg air.
An air filter contains micropore HEPA filters to catch spores, molds, dusts, pollens etc. Air filters work best for allergies. ...Read more
Feel short of air discomfort in chest like a pain when breathing deep and when I cough I tasre snot why is this?
Is it unusual to cough one time when you wake up followed by some thick white sputum? I sleep with air conditoner in room and fan
Yes: Many people will have post-nasal drainage while sleeping that can collect in the back of the throat. When you awake, the first thing your bodt wants to do with that sensation is to clear it out. ...Read more
I'm over a cold had a cough but before the cough I had what I describe as annoying pain in right side mid back, I still have pain it feels like air?
Exam/xray: Cannot be diagnosed online. Call for a medical exam and chest xray. ...Read more
Terrible wet cough the last 2 days- and it has gotten progressively worse where it now hurts each time I cough and I am "grasping" for air when cough?
How far does germs from a cough travel? How long are they in the air? Will Neti Pot use after being around someone who coughed help stop getting sick?
1)Infinity 2)No: An experiment was done once where labeled virus was sprayed, like a sneeze or cough, from a spray bottle in the front of a large auditorium. It took less than 20 minutes for them to reach way up in the back of that room. They stayed in the air a long time. Remember, though that the farther they travel the more dillute they become which means the closer you are the more will get sprayed all over you ...Read more
Croup: For many years we have recommended cool mist humidification for croup. If the stridor (the deep wheeze on breathing in) gets worse, we will suggest taking the child outside to breathe in the cool night air while being wrapped in a warm blanket. If not effective then I suggest going into the bathroom and steaming the child. @ tsp of honey can be soothing to the throat and aid in settling the cough ...Read more
How to make 8mth old feel better from cough n flu physically after giving medication. Can baby be in air con room?
My chest back and neck hurts when I cough I am also left gasping for air is that normal or should I go back to my dr?
Not normal: Gasping for air is never normal. You should see your doctor. ...Read more
Smoker, more of a cough to get air way clear -my chest is congested had cough for a week dr said it's drainage should I get 2 nd opinion?
Maybe: Can always follow up with the same doctor if symptoms persist. My suspicion is that you are developing chronic obstructive (increased airway secretions, narrowing of the airways due, ballooning of the terminal airways) disease due to smoking. Pulmonary function testing is warranted and you may also benefit from systemic steroids short term and long term inhaler medication. Need to stop smoking now ...Read more
I have had a cough for 2 and a half weeks. I cannot take a full breath of air without coughing and I get a jolt of pain I'm my ribs when I do.?
Sometimes it feels like air is coming up my esophagus, kind of like mucus when you are coughing it up, but there isn't mucus and then I cough. No pain?
Aerophagia vs reflux: Involuntary belching after a meal is normal, caused by release of swallowed gas after distension of the stomach with food. Magenblase syndrome is postprandial epigastric fullness ; bloating, relieved by belching. Aerophagia (accumulation of gas due to air swallowing) is common with anxiety, hypersalivation from gum chewing, smoking, drinking, oral irritation. Gerd may contribute to your distress. ...Read more
Diagnosed preasthmatic because I cough too much at times. Using inhaler stops it, but it can start again. Coughs triggered by cold air, smoke, perfume?
Sounds about right: Not sure what the question is. There is a cough-variant asthma and it sounds like you have that and that it is triggered by cold air, smoke and perfume. If you are using the inhaler more than once a week to stop the coughing fits then you should see an allergy/asthma specialist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
I've always had an annoying cough. I was diagnosed w/ asthma 2 years ago but I breathe hard and sometimes twist my body to get air, how can I control it?
Talk with your doc: As soon as you can. Asthma can start as an annoying cough but can get worse so that it's hard for you to breathe. Different inhalers and pills can help heal your airways and prevent asthma. Also, you & your doc can figure out other causes of shortness of breath. Think about your surroundings [dust, animals, smoke, fumes, mildew/mold]. Any new triggers during the last 2 years? Hope this helps. ...Read more
Should be ok: Since commercial flights control the pressure of the cabin, there should not be a problem. ...Read more
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