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Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Maybe: Asthma symptoms are cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness that is recurrent. It typically worsens at night and with exercise. There are multiple triggers including allergies, smoke/irritants and even acid reflux. An allergist or pulmonologist can perform a history, exam and lung function tests to help determine if asthma is the cause. ...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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2 year old with croup cough should I take him outside at 39 degrees!? Is cold air beneficial!?

2 year old with croup cough should I take him outside at 39 degrees!? Is cold air beneficial!?

Croup: For many years we have recommended cool mist humidification for croup. If the stridor( the deep wheeze on breathing in) gets worse, we will suggest taking the child outside to breathe in the cool night air while being wrapped in a warm blanket. If not effective then i suggest going into the bathroom and steaming the child. @ tsp of honey can be soothing to the throat and aid in settling the cough ...Read more

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Diagnosed preasthmatic because I cough too much at times. Using inhaler stops it, but it can start again. coughs triggered by cold air, smoke, perfume?

Diagnosed preasthmatic because I cough too much at times. Using inhaler stops it, but it can start again. coughs triggered by cold air, smoke, perfume?

Sounds about right: Not sure what the question is. There is a cough-variant asthma and it sounds like you have that and that it is triggered by cold air, smoke and perfume. If you are using the inhaler more than once a week to stop the coughing fits then you should see an allergy/asthma specialist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Cough when in contact with cold air. After spitting out the mucous, it goes away. How do I stop the cough completely?

Cough when in contact with cold air. After spitting out the mucous, it goes away. How do I stop the cough completely?

Cough: Your cough may go away on its own.. It takes a while for the lungs to completely recover but if there is any question see your doctor. Some patients need antibiotics, inhalers, etc. ...Read more

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Sensation of someone blowing cold air on my brain, not scalp. Could cough med abuse be a cause?

Sensation of someone blowing cold air on my brain, not scalp. Could cough med abuse be a cause?

Unusual symptom: I am not sure i quite understand the symptom, but if your cough medication contains an opiod then it could be the culprit as many psychoactive medications can create unusual sensations. You may want to stop the medication for 2-3 days to see if symptom resolves. ...Read more

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Long episodes of a harsh, moist cough. For years. Cold air, stress makes worse. Red face. Mild straining to breath. Non-smoker. What could it be?

Long episodes of a harsh, moist cough. For years. Cold air, stress makes worse. Red face. Mild straining to breath. Non-smoker. What could it be?

Moist cough: With your long history it is time that you get evaluated for asthma. Make an appointment with an allergist or a pulmonologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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2months-breathing is funny.Feels like my bronchi are inflamed and "URGE" to cough, occasional wheeze. Off and on. Cold air worsens. Allergic to air?

2months-breathing is funny.Feels like my bronchi are inflamed and "URGE" to cough, occasional wheeze. Off and on. Cold air worsens. Allergic to air?

Breathing issue.: This could be a number of things. Asthma comes to mind, with shortness of breath being triggered by the coldness of the air, or by irritants or pollutants in the air, or by exertion or activity. Could be allergic rhinitis with a post-nasal drip, which can interestingly cause a cough, breathing trouble and wheeze at times. Do you smoke? Because this could be related to smoking as well. ...Read more