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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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I have a bad cough it all the time but sometimes it gets so bad I can't breath are sleep what can I do about it?

I have a bad cough it all the time but sometimes it gets so bad I can't breath are sleep what can I do about it?

Cough is a reflex: Initiated by irritation in a bronchial tube. It sends a message to the brain computer (lower brain) that initiates the reflex. If the pulmonary studies are normal it might be that the reflex is too sensitive. I have seen many patients where this is caused by lousy diet that results in oxidative dysfunction in brain. See my blog "oxygen the spark of life and look for some older posts. ...Read more

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My little brother has a bad cough. I can hear him breath he's got bad snot and has had it for ages also a cough. What is it?

My little brother has a bad cough. I can hear him breath he's got bad snot and has had it for ages also a cough. What is it?

3 main causes: The 3 most common causes of chronic cough are asthma, reflux disease, and allergies/sinusitis. It sounds like he may have the latter. He could try otc allergy meds and nasal saline irrigation. He may also need prescription medications and possible allergy testing. Other causes can be treated with acid medications or asthma medications and may need evaluation for other causes. ...Read more

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Have a 22 month old with a bad cough and has to catch breath, what can I do to help her stop the cough? Already tried all natural meds not working.

Have a 22 month old with a bad cough and has to catch breath, what can I do to help her stop the cough? Already tried all natural meds not working.

See your Doctor.: This may be a bad cold, croup or worse yet whooping cough. With out more information I can't really say but the fact that she has to catch her breath is worrisome and indicates that she may need more than just supportive care. She may need oxygen and anti-inflammatory meds for her air way.
The only way to know for sure is to have her seen, get a good history and exam. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had a course of antibiotics and have finished them due to a bad cough it has now been 3 weeks and it still hasn't cleared. Lose my breath?

I have had a course of antibiotics and have finished them due to a bad cough it has now been 3 weeks and it still hasn't cleared. Lose my breath?

Cough: You have not shared anything about yourself, not even your age let alone medical history to offer you a relevant response; however, you may have a reactive airway disorder due to inhalational allergy. Try an antihistamine and you may need an inhaled bronchodilator or steroid to improve your breathing. ...Read more

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I have had a bad cough for four days I cough so much when I breath eat n my eyes hurt when I cough wut should I do?

See a Doc: You might need an x-ray of your chest. You didn't say if you have had any fever which might indicate an infectious cause for the cough. You will also probably have your blood oxygen level checked. Unless you have some unusual other conditions which needs to be dealt with, treatment will probably be mostly cough suppressants and expectorants to help loosen up the secretions. ...Read more

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Y daughter hashas shorts fast breaths bad cough, (painful) help. Very tired and not hungry?

Cough: There can be many reasons for the cough and these symptoms. How old is your daughter? That can play a role in determining some of these issues. If it's a baby under 2, we are in RSV season which can cause coughing and difficulty breathing. She should be evaluated if having problems breathing. ...Read more

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Bad cough for about 2 and a half weeks, sometimes thick green phlegm, pain in lungs breath in deeply. What could this be?

Bad cough for about 2 and a half weeks, sometimes thick green phlegm, pain in lungs breath in deeply. What could this be?

See below: Acute viral bronchitis can give a productive cough with yellow/green sputum lasting several weeks. Pain on deep breath may be due to chest wall strain from coughing. However it can be a sign of pneumonia, particularly if you have fever or shortness of breath. You would have to see a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment if concerned. ...Read more

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I have had a bad cough for 2 weeks. Sometimes my chest is really toght and its hard to breath I also cough up mucus. And other symtoms. What is it?

I have had a bad cough for 2 weeks. Sometimes my chest is really toght and its hard to breath I also cough up mucus. And other symtoms. What is it?

See doctor: It could be several different things---bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma (or a combination), depending on your history. You need to be seen and given appropriate treatment, since even untreated asthma can be life-threatening. ...Read more

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5 months pregnant and have very servere rib pain on my left I can hardly breath or cough without the pain stabbing like a knife have a bad cough also?

5 months pregnant and have very servere rib pain on my left I can hardly breath or cough without the pain stabbing like a knife have a bad cough also?

Be examined: There are several reasons for the pain ranging from a pulled rib, muscle strain, or some problem with you uterus and pregnancy. It is smart to go to your doctor and have an exam and ultrasound to make sure the uterus and baby are fine and the physician can examine the area and see if it is just a strain muscle or bruised rib ...Read more

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I have a really bad cough and running nose and head aces and its really hard to breath. What can I do?

I have a really bad cough and running nose and head aces and its really hard to breath. What can I do?

Symptomatic treatmen: The cause and more importantly the treatment for your symptoms depends on the history of how long you have had your symptoms. If it is less than a week you probably have a viral infection and the nasal stuffiness would be helped by oral or intranasal decongestants. The cough can be bronchospasm and an inhaled bronchodilator may be helpful. For the headache I would use Acetaminophen or ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Very bad cough, with mucus build up this morning upon awakening I coughed and had I found myself gasping for breath and straining to fetch the stuff up, noting came up. I had choking feeling, and got very nervous. I felt better after drinking lots of wat

Very bad cough, with mucus build up this morning upon awakening I coughed and had I found myself gasping for breath and straining to fetch the stuff up, noting came up. I had choking feeling, and got very nervous. I felt better after drinking lots of wat

The: The only situations I have heard of anyone choking from mucous is in an elderly person that lived alone and was not able to clear their airway by coughing, however this is very rare.
What medication are you allergic to? If you have a bronchitis or pneumonia you may need antibiotics, there are many to choose from if allergies are a concern. Drinking water will help thin the mucous secretions along with a daily anti-histamine. I suggest you go back to your doctor for alternative treatment options.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Have had a bad cough bronchitis for 3 months. E smoker stopped 5 years ago wheezing and shortness of breath. Have bad mucus dark green for 3 months?

Have had a bad cough bronchitis for 3 months. E smoker stopped 5 years ago wheezing and shortness of breath. Have bad mucus dark green for 3 months?

Get treated: You need to get checked out and treated. Whether your problem is copd, asthma, bronchiectasis, or something else, the longer the illness goes on in a poorly-controlled state, the worse it will be for your long-term health. This applies to your entire body, including your heart, not just your lungs. ...Read more

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I've had a bad cough for two years and was told it's acute bronchitis 6 times. Now I have chest pain/shortness of breath/wheezing. What do I do?

Mgt: An inbox consultation is available and the imaging may be reviewed at that time.
The imaging can be uploaded for review.
Have you had a CF sweat test? Do you have a history of sinusitis or other infections?
There are several possible causes and I would suggest an appointment. ...Read more

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Can amox clav 875 irritate my gastritis to the point where I feel lightheaded, short of breath and bad cough?

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Can amox clav 875 irritate my gastritis to the point where I feel lightheaded, short of breath and bad cough?

Maybe: Augmentin's main adverse effect is gastrointestinal distress, so yes, it could exacerbate symptoms of your gastritis; however, shortness of breath and cough are all respiratory issues, so I would not necessarily attribute these to the augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). ...Read more

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Hi, I have been a real bad cough that causes me vomit my eye water and I gag to the point I can't breath. I get a tingle in the back of my throat.

Hi, I have been a real bad cough that causes me vomit my eye water and I gag to the point I can't breath. I get a tingle in the back of my throat.

Cough: A severe cough that does not resolve with time needs investigation. The "depth' of the cough is not as important as the duration and whether or not there are other signs of airway compromise. ...Read more

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I’ve had a bad cold for the past 8 days. Now it’s worse I have a cough with phlegm. Sharp pains in lower left back, hurts when I breath in.

I’ve had a bad cold for the past 8 days. Now it’s worse I have a cough with phlegm. Sharp pains in lower left back, hurts when I breath in.

Needs to be checked: You should consult your doctor asap or go to ER. From your history it seems that you may have Pnumonia. You need a thorough physical examination, blood test, sputum culture and Xray Chest. So go to ER and get checked ...Read more

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Had a bad cold for a week & at the end got a cough. Cough has turned into a week of wheezing (unable to breath in/out properly) that won't leave.

Had a bad cold for a week & at the end got a cough. Cough has turned into a week of wheezing (unable to breath in/out properly) that won't leave.

Wheezing: It may be that your cold triggered an asthma attack or a chest infection. Be seen by your doctor for assessment and medication. A CXR may be required. All the best. ...Read more

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Whenever I wake up my mouth/breath smells very bad even after brushing. When I get early in morning I get allergy type condition I get cough nd cold?

Whenever I wake up my mouth/breath smells very bad even after brushing. When I get early in morning I get allergy type condition I get cough nd cold?

Many reasons but: Mouth-breathing due to nasal obstruction from allergies may be one of the answers. Get your nose opened up and you may find improvement in your breath. Other factors: Poor dental hygiene (gingivitis), odorous foods (curry?), acidic stomach etc can also cause bad breath. You may also try using mouthwash before bedtime. ...Read more