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I had hernia and got operated by leproscopic surgery on 1 Nov 2015 after few days of laporoscopic surgery I had too much cough and weakness. What is the cause of cough and is coughing can damage the surgery? I took some cough expectorant but still no posi
May be infectious: A cough is usually due to a viral or bacterial infection. Since it is persistent, you need to see your doctor to evaluate and treat this. A condition called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome could be serious, and you are at risk for contracting this. Furthermore, coughing increases your intraabdominal pressure, which can lead to a recurrence of the hernia. ...Read more
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
Feels like but no: inflammation (e.g., trauma) or infection (viral) can sensitize tissues around the brain and make it very sensitive to rapid movement. So cough can cause headaches, sometimes quite severe, but not causing damage. If you combined severe high blood pressure with moderate cough, you might cause an aneurysm to rupture. ...Read more
Not brain damage: Coughing can be very distressing and have complications but should not lead to brain damage. Migraines also can be severe and there may be many triggers. The best approach is to have a specialist identify the trigger for the coughing. In that way, if the cough can be controlled, then there may be less migraines. ...Read more
Why do I pass gas when I cough. Could my sphincter damage be a reason. I also had an accident today when I coughed?
Severity determines: Occasional incontinence of stool with fecal leakage is common, but loss of bowel control particularly without warning may signal a significant infection, inflammatory problem, maldigestive concern, or neurologic disorder. Sometimes, particularly in youths, the condition is behavioral. Often, anal manometry followed by biofeedback can be curative without the need of surgery or medication. ...Read more
I had umbilical hernia surgery last Friday and have had to cough. I'm concerned that the coughing is going to damage the repair that was done. Am I going to have to go through surgery again?
No: The anti vaccine crowd has re-invented itself over several decades. They have claimed they cause cerebral palsy, debunked; then crib death, debunked & now autism which research is now leaning to gene code issues present at birth. Brain damage is common to infants who have whooping cough in the first year as they struggle to breathe and cough hard enough to have a stroke. ...Read more
No: There is a direct connection between whooping cough, the disease, and kids who cough so hard in their infancy that they have strokes and die. The vaccine haters have offered this disinformation for years. Now whooping cough rates have gone up from 2500 (90's) to 40000 in 2013. Deaths from whooping cough >30, vaccine related death or proven damage in the same period= 0. ...Read more
Cough: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea w a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea w 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 mins). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Cougher: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. Lemon juice & 1 tsp. Honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more
Many reasons: Persons cough for various reasons. A cough can be associated with upper or lower respiratory infections, acid reflux, asthma (even without wheezing), post nasal drip, foreign body obstructions, lesions in the lungs such as cancer, and even damage to some nerves. There are many causes to a cough. ...Read more
Determine cause: Chronic cough is most commonly due to 3 conditions: asthma, post-nasal drip, or GERD (heartburn). You might have one or a combination of all three. Post-viral cough is also very common and can last for weeks. Further workup by Allergist is helpful as they can perform a more detailed assessment including skin testing, pulmonary function testing, etc. Treatment will depend on cause. ...Read more
Coughing: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
The cause of the: Cough determines the treatment. For example if your cough is secondary to heart burn or reflux, then the treatment life style changes, dietary changes and the use of antacids. If the cough is due to a cold, upper respiratory infection, the treatment is time, fluids and time. If it gets real bad you may try cough syrups. There are many other causes and thus the same process... Good luck. Dr. B. ...Read more
Need more info.:
Could be many things. From your profile, I would assume that you don't smoke, not on medications, & have no immune suppressing conditions. Call your doctor ASAP. The questions your doctor may ask:
1) How long has it been present?
2) Are you producing phlegm? color? Blood?
3) What makes cough worse? Lying? Drinking? Certain time of day?
4) Other symptoms?
If short of breath starts call 911 ...Read more
Cough: I'm sorry to hear that. If your condition is chronic or if you have associated symptoms such as fever, fatigue, weakness, or pain, you should see a doctor to find the cause of the cough and recommend a treatment. There are many causes of cough from allergy to asthma to infections and more. Finding the cause is most important. ...Read more
Bronchospasm....: Typically, "cough attacks" are caused by bronchospasm. This can lead to episodic coughing, which can be very severe. Treatment usually involves bronchodilator and steroid inhalers so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If you smoke, your doctor can also help you quit which will likely decrease these episodes. Good luck! ...Read more
More than a cold?: If some cough is just from a mild cold, then the over-the-counter cold medicines are what people usually find relief with. However, some illnesses such as asthma, allergies, strep throat and "the flu" also have these same cough symptoms, but can be treated by a doctor with additional medicines. A doctor's evaluation can be helpful. ...Read more
Over the counter med: For a light cough, one might try over the counter cough med such as Robitussin (guaifenesin)-DM for a dry cough or Robitussin (guaifenesin) CF for a productive cough. If associated with fever, wheezing, shortness of breath, or persists and worsens, then see one's doc ...Read more
Cough remedies: Not sure what you mean by "high" cough? Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving. ...Read more