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My throat feels tight which makes me have a barking cough when I breathe too deeply. I have cardiomyopathy, should I be concerned with this symptom?

My throat feels tight which makes me have a barking cough when I breathe too deeply. I have cardiomyopathy, should I be concerned with this symptom?

Reactive airway dise: 24 years old? What type of cardiomyopathy? Postpartum? If this is the case, there is a chance you heart function can still get better.
Second, barking cough would go to your respiratory system and even though heart and lungs are interconnected and their function affect each other, breathing deeply and having cough with inspiration, is not a typical symptom of cardiomyopathy ...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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I have tightness in my throat, barking cough, & difficult to breath. Is this something that will go away with time or something that needs medicine.?

I have tightness in my throat, barking cough, & difficult to breath. Is this something that will go away with time or something that needs medicine.?

Viraemia: It is probably viral in origin but it would help to take an antitussive decongestant such as Tussi Organadin DM and Tylinol 500mg, two or three times per day ...Read more

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My son has a barking cough and has for a year on and off. The doctor has given him an inhaler and sinus meds and it doesn't help what does this sound like, there are no other symptoms other than a sour throat from the coughing and some congestion in his n

My son has a barking cough and has for a year on and off. The doctor has given him an inhaler and sinus meds and it doesn't help what does this sound like, there are no other symptoms other than a sour throat from the coughing and some congestion in his n

If: If this has been going on for a year with no relief from the medications given, then it is time for some diagnostic testing an possibly a consult from a specialist. It sounds like your son needs a chest x-ray to start, and maybe even a ct scan. Also, consider a consult with a pulmonologist (lung doctor) and a allergist as well.
I hope you find answers soon. ...Read more

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Last week the I had a barking cough a week later and now my throat is still sore but when I swallow I feel the pain come up my neck and to my ear?

Last week the I had a barking cough a week later and now my throat is still sore but when I swallow I feel the pain come up my neck and to my ear?

See a doctor: Referred pain to the ear may occur due to inflammation in the back of the throat. Hopefully this will clear up and was due primarily to a viral uri, but if it persists let a pcp take a look at you. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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I'm sick and I have a fever, sore throat, barking cough, and a head ache. Will OTC meds work for this?

I'm sick and I have a fever, sore throat, barking cough, and a head ache. Will OTC meds work for this?

Depends...: If the fever is low-grade, then you probably have a virus which will run its course in a few days to week. In that case, symptom control is the treatment and some otc meds can help. On the other hand, if your fever is higher, you likely have a bacterial infection which will respond to antibiotics. See your doctor for specific diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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5 yr old has bad cold - congestion, sore throat, barking cough. All OTC cold meds w/ decongestant say 6+. Is there something I can give him?

5 yr old has bad cold - congestion, sore throat, barking cough. All OTC cold meds w/ decongestant say 6+. Is there something I can give him?

Check with: Your md as childrens otc medicines are based on weight. Not all otc meds are safe for children under certain ages/weights so please consult with your md. You should have the throat checked to be sure it is not strep. ...Read more

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3.5 yr old had runny nose and low grade temp last wk. Now barking cough & 38.7 degree Celsius temp. Can hear phlegm dripping in back of throat.

3.5 yr old had runny nose and low grade temp last wk. Now barking cough & 38.7 degree Celsius temp. Can hear phlegm dripping in back of throat.

This is probably: Viral, but if she/he isn't drinking fluids, complains of pain, or is having difficulty breathing, I would recommend checking in with her/his doctor. Also, if the fever and cough continue, she/he should have her/his chest listened to by a doctor. ...Read more

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99F, migraine, stuffy nose, barking cough, ear pain, throat pain (feels tight), mild chest pain. Low appetite. Trouble sleeping. How to relief?

99F, migraine, stuffy nose, barking cough, ear pain, throat pain (feels tight), mild chest pain. Low appetite. Trouble sleeping. How to relief?

Mgt: Your symptoms are consistent with the flu or flu like illnesses. I would suggest being screened for the Flu and possibly for Strep throat. Medication can be prescribed accordingly. Swollen tender nodes and fever are important to discuss with your PCP. ...Read more

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Recurrent flare up of barking cough originating in lower neck/trachea area. Unresolved by pulm dr, allergist, etc. Very harsh and painful. Please help?

Recurrent flare up of barking cough originating in lower neck/trachea area. Unresolved by pulm dr, allergist, etc. Very harsh and painful. Please help?

Laryngitis: Recurring cough not specifically diagnosed by a pulmonary doctor and an allergist suggests that there could be irritation of larynx occurring recurrently. Gartroesophageal reflux (acid) can cause such a symptom. There could be other causes also. You may consult an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Sinus and throat felt funny and now gone and have a very croupy cough. Is this a viral infection?

Sinus and throat felt funny and now gone and have a very croupy cough. Is this a viral infection?

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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My daughter is 5 months, she has had a croupy cough for a few days, and now I have a sore throat. Is it contagious?

My daughter is 5 months, she has had a croupy cough for a few days, and now I have a sore throat. Is it contagious?

Yes: Your daughters cold is most likely caused by a virus. All viral URI's are contagious. Good hand washing may help prevent transmission. Many times, the first symptom of a cold is a sore throat. ...Read more

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Croupy cough (no sore throat) no phlem coming up I hear gurgling?

Croupy cough (no sore throat) no phlem coming up I hear gurgling?

Coughing: Coughing without producing phlegm is likely related to a viral infection of the lower windpipe. Rattling sounds are due to areas where thick mucus is coating the walls of the airway. Supporting the immune system and monitoring for progression to a bacterial infection or pneumonia will serve you well. Keep your lungs active and cough out what comes up easily. Seek eval if worsening. ...Read more

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I have been coughing brown mucus as well as tingling sensation in my chest and throat when I breathe. My cough hurts as well. Is there anything wrong?

I have been coughing brown mucus as well as tingling sensation in my chest and throat when I breathe. My cough hurts as well. Is there anything wrong?

See a doctor: Yes, it sounds like you have a respiratory infection. Given the brown mucus and effects on breathing, it is recommended you follow-up with your physician for further assessment. ...Read more

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I got a 101 fever about 2 weeks ago. That went away after a day but now I have had a dry/slightly phlegmy cough and tingling in my throat ever since.

I got a 101 fever about 2 weeks ago. That went away after a day but now I have had a dry/slightly phlegmy cough and tingling in my throat ever since.

Not sure what your: Question is, but it sounds like you should see your doctor to be examined and diagnosed, so that you can be treated properly and get better. ...Read more

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I've had a bad cough for about 2 weeks now the cough has improved but now I get a painful burning/tingling itch in my throat that causes me to gag/cry?

I've had a bad cough for about 2 weeks now the cough has improved but now I get a painful burning/tingling itch in my throat that causes me to gag/cry?

Allergy / infection?: Is it dry cough? That could be as an allergic reaction to meds of foods, if there are mucus, then it could be a slight chest and throat infection that may need antibiotics and meds to loosen mucus. ...Read more

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Getting tingling sensation in throat more on left side causing cough and throw up after every meal. Constantly clearing throat. Please advice?

Getting tingling sensation in throat more on left side causing cough and throw up after every meal. Constantly clearing throat. Please advice?

Reflux: You are experiencing reflux. Eat smaller meals and do not drink so much water at one time. Avoid acidic foods. Try Zantac (ranitidine) or Prilosec over the counter twice a day and you will be feeling better soon. Feel better! ...Read more

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It's been a week, I have a sore throat on off, and little dry and irritation. .. Sometime cough at night with sudden tingling. .. Kindly advice?

It's been a week, I have a sore throat on off, and little dry and irritation. .. Sometime cough at night with sudden tingling. .. Kindly advice?

Dr. Can check throat: Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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Have a pain under my left shoulder blade that hurts when I cough or clear throat. The pain radiates down arm with little finger tingling?

Have a pain under my left shoulder blade that hurts when I cough or clear throat. The pain radiates down arm with little finger tingling?

Pinched nerve: Because patients having cardiac problems can have these symptoms, you should have this ruled out. But the most common cause is an irritation of a nerve in the neck by a bone spur or herniation that can cause pain or numbness that runs down the arm into the hand. An MRI can usually show the cause of the problem if it does not resolve. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has barking cough and runny nose should he be seen?

My 2 year old has barking cough and runny nose should he be seen?

Maybe: Just playing the odds, he probably has a cold or a mild case of croup. But if there's a question of his safety in your mind, then better safe than sorry. Here's some basic guidelines I use: if he's having trouble breathing (not just coughing), if he's refusing to drink, not urinating, in pain, inconsolably irritable or barely responsive, he definitely needs to be seen. Beyond that, it's your judgement. ...Read more

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Is it possible for cough drops to irritate your throat and cause tickling if overused?

Is it possible for cough drops to irritate your throat and cause tickling if overused?

Avoid menthol: Menthol which is in most drops, feels good and cool at first. But it is drying to the mucosa and will dry your irritated throat. So use glycerin instead. Or black currant. Or pectin containing drops. ...Read more

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There's this tickling feeling in the back of my throat and I constantly cough! How to cure this?

There's this tickling feeling in the back of my throat and I constantly cough! How to cure this?

Antihistamines: The most common reason for having a throat tickle is allergy. You may or may not have runny/itchy eyes & nose with sneezing; but it is worth a try. Daily, non-sedating claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec, or Allegra should do the trick. This may be a seasonal thing, or may be year round. If it is more of a constant thing, then switch your daily antihistamine every 2-3 months to maintain the effect. ...Read more

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31 weeks pregnant and have a horrible barking cough to the point of it hurting could it be croup? If so can it harm my baby?

31 weeks pregnant and have a horrible barking cough to the point of it hurting could it be croup? If so can it harm my baby?

Unborn baby?: If you are speaking about the unborn baby, then no. If you have a baby at home, then the baby may catch croup from you. It is a common viral illness in babies and toddlers. Steam up a steamy shower, try a cool mist vaporizer. These are the main treatments. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son has a barking cough and is vomitting. Is this just a virus or should I take him to the peds tomorrow? No fever.

My 5 year old son has a barking cough and is vomitting. Is this just a virus or should I take him to the peds tomorrow? No fever.

Maybe croup: The characteristic cough of croup is barking of a dog or seal. It is often caused by parainfluenza viruses. Coughing can be quite bothersome and many children have post-tussive emesis (vomiiting from coughing). Try some cough syrup. Such as robitussin (guaifenesin). If not adequate, he may need to see doc for eval and treatment such as albuterol/steroid/ and stronger cough meds etc...Good luck. ...Read more

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Cyclic barking cough occurs every 3-4 weeks. Diagnosed with asthma and allergies. Meds don't help. Only thing that takes it away is prednisone. Help!

Cyclic barking cough occurs every 3-4 weeks. Diagnosed with asthma and allergies. Meds don't help. Only thing that takes it away is prednisone. Help!

Allergy cough: Chronic coughing episodes can be very difficult to diagnose. About 90% of the time, they are due to asthma, postnatal drainage (allergies or infections cause this) or reflux; the other 10% of the time, rare conditions. Sometimes multiple common causes. You mentioned having allergies but not using antihistamines, nasal sprays, shots or avoidance. Have your sinuses checked + don't smoke! Try a ppi. ...Read more

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Daughter had tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy days ago, has had constant barking cough since then and cough gets worse at night. She's taking cefdinir & hydroco/apap already. Can we give her something for this cough? Don't want to overmedicate her.

Daughter had tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy days ago, has had constant barking cough since then and cough gets worse at night. She's taking cefdinir & hydroco/apap already. Can we give her something for this cough? Don't want to overmedicate her.

No cough med: That bark cough is not from the lungs but from airway irritation and swelling right below the vocal cords in her trachea. Likely irritated from breathing tube she had in during the surgery. COUGH MEDS WON'T HELP! Do excessive amounts of humidity...take her in shower, run humidifier, boil water on your stove, go to a tropical rain forrest. Anything to increase humidity in the air she's breathing ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Barking Cough (Definition)

A barking cough is a symptom in which a child's cough sounds like a seal's barking. It is called croup and is usually caused by a viral infection in the larynx (voice box area). Adults with similar viral infections don't cough the barking sound because adults ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Tingling (Definition)

Tingling is a pins and needle like sensation anywhere on the body. May also be termed paresthesia. Can experience when elbow is bumped (funny bone), or even from frostbite. On its own, unlikely significant but may be part of nerve pathology from ...Read more