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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

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Sinus probs for full week w/fever,ear pain,congestion,cough.No fever now lightheaded,Cant catch a decent breath,Chest very heavy,no fever just cough?

Sinus probs for full week w/fever,ear pain,congestion,cough.No fever now lightheaded,Cant catch a decent breath,Chest very heavy,no fever just cough?

Shortness of breath: These symptoms should be investigated formally by a doc. I hate to think of it, but sometimes after a viral infection, a bacterial infection can settle in as a one-two punch. Good you don't have fever, but maybe you're suppressing it with motrin/tylenol? I think you need a chest X-ray to make sure your lungs are OK. Hope you get some help there. ...Read more

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I'm also experiencing a taste of bad breath along with cough. Could ear infection be causing these symptoms?

I'm also experiencing a taste of bad breath along with cough. Could ear infection be causing these symptoms?

Seasonal flu : is very common viral infection with symptoms you have described. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve) are also recommended every 6 hours. Try to quit the tobacco use, good opportunity. If concerned, see your PCP after 6 days or so. ...Read more

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Why do I cough when I finish eating? Why is it hard to breath when I lay down? Why does my hand get stiff? Why do I hear ringing in my ears?

Why do I cough when I finish eating? Why is it hard to breath when I lay down? Why does my hand get stiff? Why do I hear ringing in my ears?

Not related: The hand and ear symptoms are not related to the cough and breathing. Start with the cough after eating and ask your primary care doc (pediatrician, family doc, etc). You may have gastroesophageal reflux. That would also cause breathing problems. Difficulty breathing could also be asthma, anxiety, etc. Start with one thing at a time, the most important one first. ...Read more

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I have cough, chills, itchy ears and minor shortness of breath. What over-the-counter mess can I take begin G6PD..deficiency?

I have cough, chills, itchy ears and minor shortness of breath.
What over-the-counter mess can I take begin G6PD..deficiency?

See MD: The shortness of breath concerns me and as a result, I recommend that you see a physician to confirm your diagnosis and then select appropriate medications for your G6PD issue. In the meantime, saline (salt water) nose spray and extra fluids will be helpful. Feel better. ...Read more

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The symptoms that I have now is ear pressure, cough, bad breath, and sore throat. What exactly is this and how come I'm not getting better?

The symptoms that I have now is ear pressure, cough, bad breath, and sore throat. What exactly is this and how come I'm not getting better?

Can't make diagnosis: with this info. Sounds like an upper respiratory infection that could be viral or bacterial. Don't know how long you have had it. If you have been sick for a while and it is not improving - would encourage medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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Sore throat on left side with ear ache, deep cough and bad breath. What can I do?

Sore throat on left side with ear ache, deep cough and bad breath. What can I do?

Wisdom tooth: Get your teeth checked for infection. It's on one side and you have bad breath. Good possibility it's from a localized source like a tooth since it's on one side, teeth will often refer pain to the ear and an infection can cause bad breath. Based on just the information provided i'd look toward a lower tooth in the back of the mouth as a possible cause. ...Read more

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Elderly female with no feeling in legs, hands and feet, dizziness and shortness of breath, is there any diagnosis for this? Has had pain behind one ear, on going. Some swelling of the feet, better with elevation. Also has a cough that comes with blood and

Elderly female with no feeling in legs, hands and feet, dizziness and shortness of breath, is there any diagnosis for this? Has had pain behind one ear, on going. Some swelling of the feet, better with elevation. Also has a cough that comes with blood and

Your : Your constellation of symptoms are very concerning. You really need to see your physicain soon for a thorough evaluation and testing. Some of your symptoms are suggestive of heart failure. Please don't delay getting checked out, it could be dangerous. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a cough from a head cold and am starting to feel some vibration when I breath in. Should I be worried?

I have a cough from a head cold and am starting to feel some vibration when I breath in.  Should I be worried?

Maybe: If you have fever with those symptoms i would see your md. It may be just a bad cold and the vibrations is just mucous but probably getting it checked would be a good idea. ...Read more

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I have a really bad cough and running nose and head aces and its really hard to breath. What can I do?

I have a really bad cough and running nose and head aces and its really hard to breath. What can I do?

Symptomatic treatmen: The cause and more importantly the treatment for your symptoms depends on the history of how long you have had your symptoms. If it is less than a week you probably have a viral infection and the nasal stuffiness would be helped by oral or intranasal decongestants. The cough can be bronchospasm and an inhaled bronchodilator may be helpful. For the headache i would use Acetaminophen or ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Showed symptoms of a cold, had cough with phlegm, pressure in head.Now all I have is headache, weakness, and a mild cough slightly short of breath. Help?

Showed symptoms of a cold, had cough with phlegm, pressure in head.Now all I have is headache, weakness, and a mild cough slightly short of breath. Help?

Go see your doctor: Most colds are viral in nature. In other words, they won't respond to antibiotics. However, shortness of breath shouldn't be ignored. While this may be reactive airway disease (variant of asthma), you'll need to go see your doctor for diagnosis ; management (inhalers). Headache ; weakness (where?) can be a sign of not getting enough oxygen (or other condition). So don't delay. Go see your doc! ...Read more

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Mild shortness of breath heart and lung tests CLEAR if lean head back an breath In I cough if lean head forward to breath in it feels tight.2 months ?

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Mild shortness of breath heart and lung tests CLEAR if lean head back an breath In I cough if lean head forward to breath in it feels tight.2 months ?

Check ENT, do EKG: The duration of your symptoms is 2 m. It may not be serious but you need a good check up to your ears, nose and throat and EKG and chest Xray. ...Read more

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