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Doctor insights on: Cough Ear Catch Breath

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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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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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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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Strep throat doesn't cause respitory symptoms such as cough runny nose and trouble breathing right?

Strep throat doesn't cause respitory symptoms such as cough runny nose and trouble breathing right?

Possibly...: Your throat infection could result in bronchospasm and airway inflammation which could lead to the symptoms you describe. So, see your doctor for evaluation as there are effective treatments. ...Read more

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Croupy cough (no sore throat) no phlem coming up I hear gurgling ?

Croupy cough (no sore throat)  no phlem coming up  I  hear gurgling ?

Coughing: Coughing without producing phlegm is likely related to a viral infection of the lower windpipe. Rattling sounds are due to areas where thick mucus is coating the walls of the airway. Supporting the immune system and monitoring for progression to a bacterial infection or pneumonia will serve you well. Keep your lungs active and cough out what comes up easily. Seek eval if worsening. ...Read more

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Son has pneumonia, I am sick. Symptoms: fever, aches, chills, cough, headache, thick feeling in throat. When cough tight head and chest. Raspy cough?

Son has pneumonia, I am sick. Symptoms: fever, aches, chills, cough, headache, thick feeling in throat. When cough tight head and chest. Raspy cough?

See doctor...: You may have a viral infection, like the flu as the cause of your symptoms. But, to be certain it is not pneumonia, you would need an evaluation by your doctor, including a chest x-ray. You could also have a bacterial infection requiring antibiotics, whether it is pneumonia or not. So, see your doctor for both diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Do cat allergies produce wet cough, runny nose and chest congestion?

Do cat allergies produce wet cough, runny nose and chest congestion?

Not usually: Most allergy-related symptoms are sneezing, dry cough, watery eyes, itchy eyes or throat. If you have an asthma component to your allergies, you can get wheezy or be short of breath. A nasal steroid can be very helpful in treatment and prevention of symptoms since it works right where your body reacts to the antigen. Non-sedating anti-histamines are helpful if steroid spray alone won't do it! ...Read more

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Hyperinflated lung with normal pft smoker 32 yo chest and throat tightness slight shortness of breath when walking morning stiff nose cough phelgum

Hyperinflated lung with normal pft smoker 32 yo chest and throat tightness slight shortness of breath when walking morning stiff nose cough phelgum

PFT: If you were my patient i would consider a full pft including total lung capacity and dlco and/or a methacholine challenge test to determine is asthma or a different obstructive lung disease is present. ...Read more

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Chest congestion sore throat hard to breathe?

Chest congestion sore throat hard to breathe?

Congestion /sore thr: Do u havce fever also, if so u might have the flu. Try dayquil ne the day time and nyquila t bedtime. If its has been going on for more than 3 days and if u also have fever, us hould see ur doc. ...Read more

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Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

It could be many: Things . To mention few , postnasal drip , upper respiratory infection . If the symptom gets worse and become persistent , see your doc. If it is easing up and getting better , probably it is nothing and self limited ...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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Coughing up tinted pink mucous, dizziness sore throat, painful breathing, chest pain etc. Pneumonia?

Coughing up tinted pink mucous, dizziness sore throat, painful breathing, chest pain etc. Pneumonia?

Possible pneumonia: A person with chest pain needs to be evaluated and treated appropriately. Multiple possible causes may be: heart attack, esophageal reflux, anxiety, musculoskeletal, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, and aortic dissection. Have it evaluated right away to prevent potential serious complications. ...Read more

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Sob.Wheeze. Throat mucus. Difficulty swallowing. Wake up tired stuffy. Sinus problems. Cough up mucus. Could this be silent reflux? Natural treatment

Possibilities....: Your breathing difficulties are likely due to bronchospasm. The bronchospasm could be due to post-nasal drip (or other sinus problems) and/or reflux. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers can treat the bronchospasm and there are treatments for the sinuses and reflux so see your doctor asap. Smoking cessation will help improve your breathing as well. If your breathing worsens, go to the er. ...Read more