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Dr. Sue Ferranti
3,448 doctors shared insights

Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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Why would a physician order blood testing in the evaluation of a chronic cough with shortness of breath?

Why would a physician order blood testing in the evaluation of a chronic cough with shortness of breath?

Indication: Each test has its own indication. You can check for allergies, anemia, genetic problems, cystic fibrosis, signs of parasites, exposure to mold, hiv, tuberculosis......Etc. ...Read more

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What to do about chronic cough with mucus and some shortness of breath for a month or so?

What to do about chronic cough with mucus and some shortness of breath for a month or so?

See your doctor: You have cough with mocous and shortness of breath you should consult your doctor as you may have bronchitis or pnumonia, and may need antibiotics , you have been sick for a month or so, so it is about time you seek help. ...Read more

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Sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and chronic cough.Why, since i'm nonsmoker?

Sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and chronic cough.Why, since i'm nonsmoker?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include bronchospasm, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. Shortness of breath is a serious symptom that always requires evaluation by a doctor. If your shortness of breath is severe, go to the er today! get an evaluation asap. ...Read more

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Chronic cough with mucus and phlegm sometimes short of breath do have cysts on thyroid what could this be?

Chronic cough with mucus and phlegm sometimes short of breath do have cysts on thyroid what could this be?

Bronchitis?: Could be allergic or other form of bronchitis by description. Likely no relation to thyroid. Needs good exam & likely pulmonary function tests by your Dr or a Pulmonologist for proper diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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Can chronic chest infection exist when one feels that it is present but there is no cough, phlegm, shortness of breath and xrays are negative?

Can chronic chest infection exist when one feels that it is present but there is no cough, phlegm, shortness of breath and xrays are negative?

Infection not likely: A person with no shortness of breath, cough, phlegm, or chest x-ray abnormalities should not have any chronic lung infection. If he just inhaled infectious germs, he may get symptoms (of acute infection, not chronic) a few days or weeks later. If a person "feels" there is something unusual in his chest, despite no infection symptoms, he should be evaluated by a primary care doctor or lung doctor. ...Read more

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Could his cough and shortness of breath and raspyness possibly be emphysema?

Could his cough and shortness of breath and raspyness possibly be emphysema?

Yes: Emphysema can present with all of these symptoms. To start to make the diagnosis one needs a chest xray and pulmonary function tests. ...Read more

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My husband is getting over something. My baby and I stayed away. starting Saturday I've had this phlemy cough and shortness of breath. Pneumonia?

My husband is getting over something. My baby and I stayed away. starting Saturday I've had this phlemy cough and shortness of breath. Pneumonia?

Shortness of breath: This usually implies something is not working properly in your lungs. It may be infection but also could represent wheezing. Have your doctor listen to your lungs and help you with a diagnosis. All the best and I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Dr. Russell Faust
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Chronic Cough (Definition)

Chronic cough is a cough occurring on most days for several months. It can be due to lung disease caused by smoking, lung cancer, or can be caused by chronic asthma or ...Read more


Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more