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I usually swim in a warm pool, then got a bad cough after swimming in a cold pool. The coughing stopped after going into the hot tub. What caused it?

I usually swim in a warm pool, then got a bad cough after swimming in a cold pool. The coughing stopped after going into the hot tub. What caused it?

Asthma?: If you are a non-smoker, mild asthma triggered by cold temperature or chlorine in a swimming pool may be the reason for you cough. The use of a bronchodilator prior to swimming may be helpful. ...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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What can you give to help a one year old with a cold with a bad cough ?Shes 24 lbs .

Honey: The feeling today is to avoid alot of the medications that in the past were used in infants. Honey can be used to soothe the throat in babies over 6 months. If there is bronchospasm then it might help to use a bronchodilator such as albuteral. If the baby is having more distress then a sh0rt course of oral steroids may be indicated. ...Read more

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I had a cold and 3 weeks on i still have a bad cough, have i got a fatal condidion or something?

I had a cold and 3 weeks on i still have a bad cough, have i got a fatal condidion or something?

Cough after a cold: Two of the more common reasons to have a cough after a cold is 1) sinus infection and 2) asthma. Both sinus infections and asthma can have cough as a feature. Your physician should be able to assist you in differentiating between these 2 and ruling out other potential causes. Rarely is asthma or sinus issues fatal. ...Read more

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My bf has cold chillies and bad cough and stuffs up nose what should I do ?

My bf has cold chillies and bad cough and stuffs up nose what should I do ?

Cold: Depending how long he has been sick, it may be viral but if it has been for over 3-4 days you need to take him to see a doctor. Keep him hydrated with soups and liquids. ...Read more

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I have a relatively bad cough from acute bronchitis/chest cold. What should I do?

I have a relatively bad cough from acute bronchitis/chest cold. What should I do?

See doctor: It is best for you to see doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Daughter (4) had fever for 3 days. Symptoms went away for 3 days and now all of a sudden a bad cough. Just a cold?

Daughter (4) had fever for 3 days. Symptoms went away for 3 days and now all of a sudden a bad cough. Just a cold?

See doc : Three days of fever and it was diagnosed as fifth disease. Three days later she has a bad cough. Cough is usually not present in fifth disease and the cough may suggest a secondary infection or a new problem. Best would be to have her examined so that she can be evaluated. ...Read more

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I found a burning bin and put it out. Now a few days later i have a really bad cough. I do have a cold so i dont know if the cold is getting worst.

I found a burning bin and put it out. Now a few days later i have a really bad cough. I do have a cold so i dont know if the cold is getting worst.

Aspiration: You might aspirated something during that time, simple keep taking deep breath and try to cough out whatever is there, take mucinex (guaifenesin) might help to get rid off what ever is there ...Read more

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3rd time this winter fiance' has gotten sick. Always starts out with a bad cough that leads to vomiting for 2-3 days. Is it more serious than a cold?

3rd time this winter fiance' has gotten sick.  Always starts out with a bad cough that leads to vomiting for 2-3 days. Is it more serious than a cold?

More then a cold: Recurrent cough that is so bad that it leads to vomiting sounds like more then just a virus. It may be a asthma problem. Sinusitis, allergies, acid reflux and pertussis are possibilities. He should be seen by a doctor that will be able to follow up until he has the right diagnosis and treatment. You want him 100% for the wedding! ...Read more

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Hi my son is 2 he is breathing in at the ribs has cold and a really bad cough just worried if he has phemomia or somtimg?

Hi my son is 2 he is breathing in at the ribs has cold and a really bad cough just worried if he has phemomia or somtimg?

Doctor can evaluate: A 2 year-old who is breathing hard and is pulling in between his ribs should be examined by a doctor now. He may be having asthma symptoms, bronchiolitis symptoms, or pneumonia. After the doctor evaluates him, he may or may not be cleared to return home, with follow-up dependent on how severe his symptoms are, and on what his diagnosis and past medical history is. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son has a bad cough, he was playing in cold water today.. when do I know if it's pneumonia? ..

My 3 year old son has a bad cough, he was playing in cold water today.. when do I know if it's pneumonia?  ..

Doctor can evaluate: A child with a "bad cough" should be seen by his doctor. Common colds usually cause a mild cough, not a "bad cough". A bad cough can be bronchiolitis (due to RSV virus), asthma symptoms, croup (due to infection at the voicebox area), bronchitis (due to bacterial or viral infection), pneumonia, or an accidentally swallowed toy or object. Playing in water, cold or warm, does not cause pneumonia. ...Read more

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I have asthma and just got over a cold. It now feels like i have fluid in my lungs and i have a bad cough. What could this be?

I have asthma and just got over a cold. It now feels like i have fluid in my lungs and i have a bad cough. What could this be?

Pneumonitis: many asthma exacerbations are due to viral infections, which can go deep and thus cause viral pneumonitis. Also possible us what is caused a superinfection, in which you get a bacterial pneumonia after a viral infection due to weakened immune system. Have yourself checked out at your GP or nearest urgent care center to see if either of these is possible. ...Read more

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I have had a cold lingering for the past 3 weeks with bad cough, haven't used anything but teas, cough syrup and now I have pain under my rib. ?

I have had a cold lingering for the past 3 weeks with bad cough, haven't used anything but teas, cough syrup and now I have pain under my rib. ?

Pneumonia : Post-viral pneumonia or even lung abscess or pleural space infection is possible, you need to see your doctor asap and get at least chest X-ray and blood work, good luck and feel better soon ...Read more