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

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

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. ...Read more

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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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My child has had a cough runny nose for weeks sounds like he is choking when he coughs how serious could this be ?

My child has had a cough runny nose for weeks sounds like he is choking when he coughs how serious could this be
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Not really: Sounds like a lot of drainage in the back of the throat .Need to control the main problem to stop him from choking on his own mucus.Give him Claritin (loratadine) daily or the like and a decongestant /expectorant for 3-4 days.He should feel a lot better and get some sleep at night .So do you. ...Read more

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2 months ago started with intense cough (with gagging and choking). Now have sore throat/ears on and off and exhaustion. Mild cough now. Pertussis?

2 months ago started with intense cough (with gagging and choking).  Now have sore throat/ears on and off and exhaustion.  Mild cough now.  Pertussis?

Possible: But your symptoms are rather suggesting a different etiology for the second wave of symptoms. You probably started with a protracted viral illness and pertussis is a possibility, but I believe now the etiology is different and it may involve a different virus or bacteria, allergies, etc. Definitely worth a visit with your physician. ...Read more

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What do I give my 10 month old daughter for her horrible choking cough? Plezz help

What do I give my 10 month old daughter for her horrible choking cough? Plezz help

No cough medicine: The real issue is what is the cause of your daughter's cough. It could be anything from esophageal reflux, asthma, whooping cough, anatomical problems in the heart or respiratory tract or other things. The answer is in the proper diagnosis and treatment for that condition. ...Read more

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I sometimes wake up because of choking feeling and I cough to return to normal. What is the cause of this?

I sometimes wake up because of choking feeling and I cough to return to normal. What is the cause of this?

Post nasal drip: This is most likely a post nasal drip. When youlie down all the mucous from your nose drains into your throat. When there is too much, it makes you choke on it to clear it. Try taking loratidine or certrizine before bed. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my 8 month old boy has a horrible cough that sounds like he's choking, can anyone help me, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my 8 month old boy has a horrible cough that sounds like he's choking, can anyone help me, what do you suggest?

Cough: The list of causes of cough in an 8 month old is very long. The only way to make the proper diagnosis is to see your pediatrician. A thorough history and physical exam should lead to an answer. Then the proper treatment plan can be implemented. ...Read more

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My dad has had a heavy cough the past few days. Tonight he passed out while suspected choking. He came back to, but could something else be wrong?

My dad has had a heavy cough the past few days. Tonight he passed out while suspected choking. He came back to, but could something else be wrong?

Yes: First he should be examined by his family physician to diagnose the cause of coughing for a few days. Secondly coughing very heavily can set off something we call a vaso-vagal syndrome and cause him to be lightheaded or even pass out. Most people recover without problems, but have him get an exam as noted above. ...Read more

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What causes me when I eat black pepper or something cold I cough and feel like i'm choking !?

What causes me when I eat black pepper or something cold I cough  and feel like i'm choking !?

Irritation: Spices like pepper and hot chilis cause irritation which can make you sneeze and cough. I suspect you are having a mild case of layrngeospasm which the cold food. I am mildly concerned about this becuase if you had a severe reaction it could be serious. Perhaps an ENT doctor could help you figure this problem out. ...Read more

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Iv had a cough for over ten weeks. I can't laugh or yawn without coughing, i go in to a coughing fit to the extent i'm choking ?

Iv had a cough for over ten weeks. I can't laugh or yawn without coughing, i go in to a coughing fit to the extent i'm choking ?

Possibilities...: Possible causes of your cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Before it can be effectively treated, the etiology of the cough needs to be determined so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Each of these possible causes has a different treatment. If you smoke, smoking cessation is needed to decrease airway inflammation. Good luck! ...Read more

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Bad cough doesn't stop at all (coughing every 2 minutes at night time) and makes u want to vomit and feel that u are choking? It has been 1 wk now.

Reflux?: If your cough is worse when you are lying down then reflux is possible. If you're coughing all day upright or lying down then it's some type of upper respiratory condition either viral or bacterial that you need help with. Don't eat or drink anything for three hours before you go to bed and stay away from foods. You should see your doctor for an evaluation of your lungs and breathing. ...Read more

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I woke up feeling like I was going to be sick and I felt like I was choking. Felt like there was something stuck in my throat and I had to cough? Why?

I woke up feeling like I was going to be sick and I felt like I was choking. Felt like there was something stuck in my throat and I had to cough? Why?

Cough: presuming that you are not sick sounds like you had silent acid reflux or LPR where some of the acid of the stomach comes into your throat. may also be esophageal spasm. often what you eat triggers it. follow up with your gi ...Read more

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Just had a hacking cough after choking on water. I had tonsillectomy 4 days ago. Will this increase bleeding risk?

Just had a hacking cough after choking on water. I had tonsillectomy 4 days ago. Will this increase bleeding risk?

Stop Coughing: Coughing after tonsillectomy can cause serious bleeding. Choking on water suggests extreme swelling in the throat. See a doctor about this ASAP as this could be quite serious. ...Read more

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We have had the flu in our house for over a week now. What can we do about a cough that won't quit? He feels like he's choking & can't breath.

We have had the flu in our house for over a week now.  What can we do about a cough that won't quit? He feels like he's choking & can't breath.

Viral syndrome: It sounds like you may have picked up a viral syndrome. The best thing to do is to remain hydrated, use Ibuprofen at the appropriate dose and get plenty of rest. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stop taking Benazepril until we see the doctor in 2 weeks because of a choking cough?

Is it safe to stop taking Benazepril until we see the doctor in 2 weeks because of a choking cough?

Yes: Yes,it is safe to stop the medicine for 2 weeks but notify your doctor just in case he may want you to take another medicine ...Read more

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I have had the flu for 7 days, the cough is still there and it is choking me and I can't breathe it's especially worse when laying down, whats wrong?

I have had the flu for 7 days, the cough is still there and it is choking me and I can't breathe it's especially worse when laying down, whats wrong?

See doctor ASAP: It sounds like you have a fairly serious infection. Pneumonia sometimes complicates influenza, and severe flu by itself sometimes causes breathing problems. If you happen to have underlying heart disease, that also could be responsible. See a doctor ASAP; if you're short of breath at risk, go to an emergency department immediately. ...Read more

Dr. Seth Rosen
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Gagging (Definition)

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