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Had a cough for weeks now with wheezing what should I do?

Had a cough for weeks now with wheezing what should I do?

Cough/wheezing: Indicates a need for you to see your doctor. He/she will diagnose what is going on which can be several things, e.g., a cold, an allergy, asthma, etc. Peace and good health. ...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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When you cough every day and have a distinct wheeze and bronchial secretions, what medications should you take?

When you cough every day and have a distinct wheeze and bronchial secretions, what medications should you take?

Persistant asthma: Guidelines say start w/ low dose inhaled steroid and as needed rescue inhaler (albuterol). Combo inhaler (advair symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) dulera) might be overkill, but could start w them and ease back when better. Singular less attractive unless allergy a problem too. Should get PFT to assess lung function, and follow up to check progress. Allergy testing for root causes. ...Read more

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I have had a bad dry violent cough for about 6-8 weeks now. What can cause this? Haven't been wheezing it just sort of started 7 wks ago

I have had a bad dry violent cough for about 6-8 weeks now. What can cause this? Haven't been wheezing it just sort of started 7 wks ago

Pertussis?: See your doctor. If you are not on a medicine that causes cough, and you don't have seasonal allergies, asthma or lung disease, a cough lasting longer than 8 weeks is likely to represent Pertussis (whooping cough). There is no treatment for pertussis unless caught in the first couple days, but there is an effective vaccination to prevent the next episode. Some things help symptoms. ...Read more

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Yes I had woke up this morning and have had a bad wheezing all day long and seem to be crueiy when I cough, I have never smoked but recently was told?

Yes I had woke up this morning and have had a bad wheezing all day long and seem to be crueiy when I cough, I have never smoked but recently was told?

Question incomlete?: You have bad wheezing and you never smoked and you were told something recently
you definitely need to see your doctor, you may have COPD or a respiratory infection causing your symptoms. You need pulmonary function test and/or chest xray if indicated and properly treated with inhaled steroids and bronchodilaters. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Having a wheezing cough once every few months. As in 2 coughs and a wheeze and its gone. What can be the cause of this? I feel great and don't have all

Having a wheezing cough once every few months. As in 2 coughs and a wheeze and its gone. What can be the cause of this? I feel great and don't have all

Infrequent cough: This could be a mild case of allergies or mild case of asthma. If allergies are in your family then this would be more likely. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can it mean if you wheeze when you cough?

Wheezing: Wheezing is a result of constriction of the airways in your lungs caused by contractions/spasms of the muscles around those airways. It can also result from increased secretions within those airways leading to partial obstructions and difficulty of air passage through them. ...Read more

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I've had an audible wheeze and cough for two weeks. I don' t feel ill but my husband is concerned. Any advice?

I've had an audible wheeze and cough for two weeks. I don' t feel ill but my husband is concerned. Any advice?

See a doctor: It could be due to any number of reasons bronchitis, allergy, reactive airway, asthma, etc. The important thing is to see a primary care physician asap. ...Read more

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Everytime I laugh, I wheeze and cough. What is wrong with me?

Everytime I laugh, I wheeze and cough. What is wrong with me?

Asthma: Cough and wheeze with laughter can be a form of exercise induced asthma. I wonder if you also have problems with exercise? If so an inhaler can be prescribed which can be used either to relieve symptoms or before activity which may induce symptoms. ...Read more

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Will Symbicort help with wheezing when laying down and help with cough?

Will Symbicort help with wheezing when laying down and help with cough?

Perhaps but: Symbicort is meant to be a controller drug and thus should be taken twice daily regularly. Its optimal effects are at about 2 weeks. If this drug is right for you, it will prevent the wheezing at night. However if you only cough and wheeze when lying down, we need to consider acid reflux as a cause as well. ...Read more

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How can I stop persistent productive cough and wheezing? I have been suffering since 8 days.

How can I stop persistent productive cough and wheezing? I have been suffering since 8 days.

Depends...: Smokers, Asthmatics.......have to be treated differently. Without those hx or occupational exposure to dust/fumes....you should take a course of antibiotic like Augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) Guafenasin, Antihistamin...like Loratadine, Inhaler.....albuterol inhaler 2 puffs 3-4 times a day as needed. Change your tooth brush today. Drink some orange juice (Vit C), chicken noodle soup.......... will be better in 24hrs ...Read more

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I have had a violent cough with clear, thick sputum and wheezing for five months. What's wrong with me?

I have had a violent cough with clear, thick sputum and wheezing for five months. What's wrong with me?

Chronic cough: Cough and wheezing are symptoms of asthma. These symptoms can follow influenza or other chest infection. Other less common conditions can also cause these respiratory symptoms. A lung specialist (allergist or pulmonologist) can review the symptoms, take a chest x-ray, sputum sample, lung function test and possibly other lab tests to accurately diagnose your problem and treat correctly. ...Read more

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A case of child 5 years old with history of eating green bean with sudden cough& audible wheezes after that.

A case of child 5 years old with history of eating green bean with sudden cough& audible wheezes after that.

? Choking vs allergy: This sounds like the child might have choked the food and food went to wrong passage i.e. Respiratory (lungs), known as aspiration. Sometime, food cause allergy and develop similar symptoms. If persist, please see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have had a productive cough for 2 weeks and I sometimes wheeze...I also smoke. Is this simply from smoking or something more?

I have had a productive cough for 2 weeks and I sometimes wheeze...I also smoke. Is this simply from smoking or something more?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include bronchospasm, acute bronchitis, gerd, post-nasal drip. The cough will worsen with ongoing inflammation from smoking so smoking cessation is vital. Treatment depends on diagnosis and your doctor can help with this. Good luck! ...Read more

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From last 6 months I am experiencing sudden cough with wheezing sound everyday which lasts for 20 minutes and go away. What can it be?

Sinus drip?: Good evening, sanderaika
sudden cough with a wheezing is likely due to a sinus drip triggering a reactivity of the airway. When anything, including the discharge from the sinuses enters the airway, the tubes try to shrink in order to keep the secretions from entering, which cause wheezing, and a sudden cough expels the drip that already found its way in. Taking care of the sinus drip will be good. ...Read more

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Have had a non-productive cough off and on for about 2 weeks. Not better or worse, and no other symptoms. Not wheezing. What should I do?

Have had a non-productive cough off and on for about 2 weeks. Not better or worse, and no other symptoms. Not wheezing. What should I do?

See doctor...: This could be a sign of bronchospasm which can be treated with bronchodilator inhalers. Some people have coughing instead of wheezing as a sign of bronchospasm. Other possibilities for your cough include post-nasal drip, GERD, bronchitis, etc. The only way to get diagnosed and treated is to see your doctor. You have been coughing long enough!!! Good luck!!! ...Read more

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I've had a non productive cough for a couple months along with wheezing. This happens more prominently at night and early mornings. Why??

Possibly reflux: A nonproductive cough may be caused by environmental triggers, medication, post nasal drip, or reflux, among others. Cough in the evening may occur from gastric acid reflux after eating a large meal, especially if alcohol is consumed. While lying down at night, the cough may get worse and may last into the morning. This remains true even in the absence of reflux symptoms. ...Read more

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I was cleaning my bathroom using comet with bleach and the works cleaner. Now I have a cough and a wheeze. Kind of a squeak when I exhale.

I was cleaning my bathroom using comet with bleach and the works cleaner. Now I have a cough and a wheeze. Kind of a squeak when I exhale.

Irritation: You likely irritated the mucosa of your respiratory system. Those are some harsh chemicals. You should always make sure the area is well ventilated and that you wear gloves, mask, and eye protection when using products like those. It should get better with time. If you feel you are getting worse and begin having difficulty breathing, then go directly to the Emergency room. ...Read more

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Can xarelto bloodthinners cause wheeze and cough. I have been taking it for 4 months and cough etc has just started two weeks ago...thanks?

Can xarelto bloodthinners cause wheeze and cough. I have been taking it for 4 months and cough etc has just started two weeks ago...thanks?

Not known effect: Coughing and wheezing are not known side effects of Xarelto, but if you have been coughing and wheezing for two weeks, it’s a good idea for you to be assessed by your doctor to determine whether you have any complicated healthcare conditions - either from infection or (less likely) related to the condition for which you are taking Xarelto. ...Read more

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Dry cough at night @10pm, 1pm almost 2mths. Colds gone, no wheezing, general dr check all ok. Lasting longer than post cold. Winter now here?

Dry cough at night @10pm, 1pm almost 2mths. Colds gone, no wheezing, general dr check all ok. Lasting longer than post cold. Winter now here?

Mgt: I would suggest being seen by a pulmonary specialist, or scheduling a virtual appointment online. He may have inflammation in the lung, and/or allergic reaction, a new infection or structural changes in the airway for example. A chest radiograph may be useful depending on more details. ...Read more

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Hi I would like to now what could it be that I have wheezing but no cough used to be a smoker for about 25- year and quit about 4 month ago?

Hi I would like to now what could it be that I have wheezing but no cough used to be a smoker for about 25- year and quit about 4 month ago?

Congratulations!: Wonderful that you have quit smoking; however, it sounds as if you may be having symptoms from the damage that the long term smoking has caused. The great thing is that you quit smoking! Please see a doctor and have a simple peak flow performed; the doctor will have an idea if you have lost lung function. Perhaps he/she may even have samples of an inhaler to start you on to see if you improve. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a wheezing cough?

How can I get rid of a wheezing cough?

Potential allergen: A wheezing or a tight cough is an indication of bronchoconstriction. This could be from an allergen, or from underlying asthma. These symptoms should be brought to the attention of your doctor. You can also be tuned to potential allergens, animal dander, hay, cleaning products, etc. ...Read more

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Can Barrett's esophagus cause wheezing and a cough?

Can Barrett's esophagus cause wheezing and a cough?

Indirectly......: Barrett's esophagus is an injury to the esophagus that happens when there is gastroesophageal reflux present. And, GERD can cause wheezing and cough. If the GERD is treated, the cough and wheezing due to the GERD will go away and Barrett's esophagus will be avoided so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment of GERD! ...Read more

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Wheezing when I cough and chest pain. What could this be?

Wheezing when I cough and chest pain. What could this be?

See Doc/lung spec.: Wheezing, cough and chest pain may suggest bronchial asthma, chronic or acute bronchitis etc. Need to see doc for office spirometry and chest radiograph or see a lung specialist to make sure that you do not have bronchial asthma. Angina is less likely with cough and wheezing unless associated with congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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What method is there to get rid of this cough and wheezing?

Cough and wheezing: First, find out the underlying cause for this problem. If your pcp has no answers, see an allergy asthma and immunology specialist. ...Read more

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I have chesty cough with a slight bit of phlegm, wheezing also?

Bronchitis and spasm: You are likely describing an infectious process such as acute bronchitis described as a productive cough now cause acute bronchospasm or constriction of the airways causing wheezing. Your wheezing will likely improve with treatment of infectious process though if persists you will benefit from an evaluation for asthma vs copd. ...Read more

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Have cough and wheeze, xray clear I'm 28. Still wheezing. Opinion?

Have cough and wheeze, xray clear I'm 28. Still wheezing. Opinion?

Probably asthma: See your lung doc ASAP. He will probably do pulmonary function testing and prescribe asthma inhalers.
No reason to wait. Asthma can become a life threatening disease. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...Read more