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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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Woke up today w bad cough, no sputum (non-productive) that causes chest pain. Minor trouble breathing, runny nose, temp 99.2 f. cold or bronchitis?

Woke up today w bad cough, no sputum (non-productive) that causes chest pain. Minor trouble breathing, runny nose, temp 99.2 f. cold or bronchitis?

Both: A cold is an upper respiratory infection. Acute bronchitis is also an upper respiratory infection. I would say you have both: acute bronchitis caused by a cold. The risk is that you may have a LOWER respiratory infection (i.e. pneumonia) - the fever is the worrisome sign. You need to be seen by your doctor ASAP. Sometimes antibiotics really are needed! ...Read more

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Hard to breathe from nose, yellow sputum, painful cough, fatigue, and upper chest pain. No fever.

Hard to breathe from nose, yellow sputum, painful cough, fatigue, and upper chest pain. No fever.

Infection: These symptoms are consistent with a viral upper respiratory tract infection which usually resolves without specific treatment in a week or so. Signs that a more serious infection is present include fever, chills, sweats, worsening cough, chest pain on deep breathing, increasing discolored sputum, and shortness of breath. See your physician if your symptoms persist or worsen? Chest xray, antibiotics ...Read more

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Black stained sputum. No chest pain. No cough. Xrays negative. Hiv negative. No fever.2mcs;strep & k.Liebsella. Erythromycin&augmentin trtmt. No change?

Black stained sputum. No chest pain. No cough. Xrays negative. Hiv negative. No fever.2mcs;strep & k.Liebsella. Erythromycin&augmentin trtmt. No change?

Environmental??: There are environmental exposures that can lead to black stained sputum. Have you had a sputum culture done? A sputum culture will identify any bacteria present as well as what antibiotics would best treat it. Seeing an allergist might also be helpful to identify any environmental exposures and how to avoid them, if possible. Good luck! ...Read more

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Gradually worsening chest pain over 48hrs, with history of productive cough over two months, precede by dry cough on n off over last year.

Gradually worsening chest pain over 48hrs, with history of productive cough over two months, precede by dry cough on n off over last year.

Chronic bronchitis: Your symptoms are consistent with chronic bronchitis. The chest pain may be related to this, but it may also be a separate problem that should be investigated by your healthcare provider. Chronic bronchitis can be due to environmental smoke or particulates; in the us the most common cause by far is from cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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I'm no longer having chills and muscle aches, but I have a non productive cough and continuous back and chest pain when I breathe. Its been 4days?

I'm no longer having chills and muscle aches, but I have a non productive cough and continuous back and chest pain when I breathe. Its been 4days?

Pneumonia: You could have pneumonia. In order to determine this you should be seen by a physician. Only after listening to your lungs, as part of a complete exam, will this be able to be diagnosed, +/- a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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I have chronic productive cough & mild fever for more than 6 months more at night. No hemoptysis or chest pain cxr http://bit. Ly/1absnn1 is it cancer?

I have chronic productive cough & mild fever for more than 6 months more at night. No hemoptysis or chest pain cxr http://bit. Ly/1absnn1 is it cancer?

Cancer unlikely: Other conditions have to be considered such as infections that can reactivate as immunity goes down such as tb. I don't how to see the cxr to evaluate it. Go to pmd to get all the work up and referral to a lung specialist if necessary thereafter. ...Read more

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I've had a productive cough for nearly 6 months, as well as chest pain on left side of breast bone. 27 year-old male, who smoked for a year. Cancer?

I've had a productive cough for nearly 6 months, as well as chest pain on left side of breast bone. 27 year-old male, who smoked for a year. Cancer?

Possible, but doubt: Lung cancer can occur in 27 yrs old who smokes, but chance is very low. Even if it is cancer, not likely from smoking at this point. If having lung cancer is causing severechest pain, you likely have other symptoms as well. Wt loss, fatigue/malaise, coughing, night sweat etc...So, your symptom of pain likely musculoskeletal strain/sprain. Please see doc for eval. U should stop smoking! Good luck. ...Read more

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Got flu shot 3 days ago & have been sick since; temp.101, headache, chest pain, congestion, tightness & now started coughing & expelling some yellow sputum. Is this normal? Should I be worried? I feel absolutely awful.

Got flu shot 3 days ago & have been sick since; temp.101, headache, chest pain, congestion, tightness & now started coughing & expelling some yellow sputum. Is this normal? Should I be worried? I feel absolutely awful.

Yes and no: There is no active virus in the vaccine but in some people it "stimulates" a memory and they can develop serious flu like symptoms. On occasion people with allergies to egg protein etc can have a reaction but it sounds to me like the former. Another possibility is a coincidental viral infection but in my experience it is the "memory" explanation that often explains best this phenomenon. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck and chest tightness and a cough with sputum. Ideas?

I have a stiff neck and chest tightness and a cough with sputum. Ideas?

Exam needed: The symptoms you describe could cover a simple upper respiratory viral infection to a more serious pneumonia or early meningitis. Get checked out today; have someone take you if you aren't feeling too badly, if you are having trouble breathing get an ambulance. Don't delay. ...Read more

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I have a chest pain near the center for the past 4 days and worsens when lying down or try to get up, cough, or inhale deeply. Also coughing at night?

Chest pain: These symptoms are most compatible with pleurisy and associated pneumonia, although bronchitis, pericarditis or pinching of intercostal nerve or muscle in the rib cage are possibilities. In any event you should be examined by a physician, even if you have no fever, sweats or chills. A chest xray, complete blood count and possibly an EKG will most likely be part of the evaluation. ...Read more

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What is approprate medicine for pain in ribs and productive cough with grey white sputum?

What is approprate medicine for pain in ribs and productive cough with grey white sputum?

Depends: If you have also been having chills or a fever, there's a decent chance you might have a pneumonia, in which case you will need an antibiotic. If this is just bronchitis and the pain is simply from coughing, a little Ibuprofen might help. Frankly, you probably need a physical and a chest xray. Pneumonias left untreated can be dangerous and lead to complications. See a doc. ...Read more

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I am suffering from productive cough from past 2mnths it usually begns at night or in d morning wid black streaks in sputom. My chest xray is clear.

I am suffering from productive cough from past 2mnths it usually begns at night or in d morning wid black streaks in sputom. My chest xray is clear.

Cannot diagnose: You need to see a pulmonary specialist. Need more history and lung function studies. You may have problems with allergies, fungal exposure in your household and other problems of which you may not yet be aware. Go and get fully evaluated and hope this will be diagnosed and treated effectively soon. ...Read more

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I m suffering from severe attacks of productive cough from 6 months with black streaks in sputom. Chest xray is normal. Cough usually begins at night?

I m suffering from severe attacks of productive cough from 6 months with black streaks in sputom. Chest xray is normal. Cough usually begins at night?

Possibilities: I would be concerned about asthma and tuberculosis i. Your case. I would also want to know about your work and living circumstances to see if there are any exposures. Reflux could trigger cough at night. ...Read more

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I'm having chest pain and blood streaks in my sputum, what could it be? I am an asthmatic.

I'm having chest pain and blood streaks in my sputum, what could it be? I am an asthmatic.

Bloody Sputum: Hello Rebecca. You may have a medical condition in your lungs separate from your asthma or an infection. I recommend you seeing a doctor as soon as possible so that you can be examined and a chest x-ray performed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Chest pain with difficult swallowing and a lot of sputum?

Chest pain with difficult swallowing and a lot of sputum?

Time for ER or UC: If you are having chest pain and breathing issues, you need evaluated by a dr, now, to see what is going on. If 23yo, more likely a respiratory issue, but still need seen. ...Read more

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In every morning some black colored spot comes out with transparent sputum and also feel frequent sharp chest pain. My sputum AFB report is negative.

In every morning some black colored spot comes out with transparent sputum and also feel frequent sharp chest pain. My sputum AFB report is negative.

Consult your doctor: Black spots in the sputum can indicate bleeding and where this is combined with chest pain it definitely needs to be checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

The chest resides between the neck & abdomen. Chest pain refers to ...Read more


Dr. Layne Gentry
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Sputum (Definition)

Sputum is mucus that comes up from the lungs and can be ...Read more