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Why does my cough get worse at night or first in the morning?

Why does my cough get worse at night or first in the morning?

Position?: If your cough worsens when you lie down, either at night or in the morning, it may be due to post-nasal drip or gerd. Both of these can cause bronchospasm and lead to cough. The treatments for these are different so see your doctor so treatment can be initiated if either or both of these proves to be the culprit. ...Read more

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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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Could a cold cough get worse before it gets better please help?

Could a cold cough get worse before it gets better please help?

That is possible: Depending on when in the course of illness you are at. ...Read more

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Congestion with dry cough getting worse, put in ammoxicillian didn't work now on pak, not helping, ?

Congestion with dry cough getting worse, put in ammoxicillian didn't work now on pak, not helping, ?

Allergy?: These symptoms may represent allergy. You probably should be evaluated for allergy since the treatment is different and antibiotics are not indicated. See your doctor again! ...Read more

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My two yr old has had cough for two weeks and for last 3 days had mild diarrhoea, vomiting and cough getting worse. Going to dr 2morow. What is wrong?

My two yr old has had cough for two weeks and for last 3 days had mild diarrhoea, vomiting and cough getting worse. Going to dr 2morow. What is wrong?

Viral illness: 2 years old child with cough for 2 weeks also vomiting and diarrhea and no fever. This points to a viral bronchiolitis which typically begins with URI symtoms and then lower tract sign and symtoms. Your child should be rehydrated immediately by small amount of pedialyte repeatedly. Call his doctor or take him to ER if he shows sign of dehydration (fast heart rate, dry mucosa, dry diaper etc...) ...Read more

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My 4mth old son has had a runny nose and cough for a week. Been taking medicine. Cough getting worse. What could it be?

My 4mth old son has had a runny nose and cough for a week. Been taking medicine. Cough getting worse. What could it be?

What medicines??: There are NO cough/cold medicines approved for babies as young as yours. Please see your pediatrician ASAP for evaluation and to discuss appropriate interventions for a 4 month old. Saline nasal drops with bulb suctioning, cool mist humidifier in the baby's room are the usual starting points for managing a cold. If that is not adequate then further assessment by your child's doctor is required. ...Read more

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I have been coughing for a few weeks - this time a year I get allergies but those symptoms have subdued but the cough is getting worse?

I have been coughing for a few weeks - this time a year I get allergies but those symptoms have subdued but the cough is getting worse?

? asthma: Cough could be the only sign of asthma, in fact there is what's called" cough variant asthma", seasonality and history of allergies are strong attributes, an evaluation by an allergist is worth pursuing. ...Read more

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Toddler has cough /low grade fever. He's in great spirits but cough seems like it's getting worse. Is it normal for cough to get worse before better?

Toddler has cough /low grade fever. He's in great spirits but cough seems like it's getting worse. Is it normal for cough to get worse before better?

Cough: It is common for upper respiratory symptoms to get worst before better but if cough continuously gets worst, does not improve, has associated difficulty breathing, fever, not eating well, not sleeping well from cough then needs to seen by his/ her physician. ...Read more

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Why does my cough get much worse when I lay down?

Why does my cough get much worse when I lay down?

Possibilities...: Possible causes of a cough that worsens when you lie down include gerd or post-nasal drip or even a combination of factors. Bronchospasm is another cause of chronic cough. These all have different treatments so see your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and then treated. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my cough to get worse when I lay down?

Is it normal for my cough to get worse when I lay down?

Yes, but:: It is also more concerning if it gets much worse with lying down, as this means the phlegm is not being properly cleared. Suggest see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have mono and my cough is getting worse. Should I be concerned?

I have mono and my cough is getting worse. Should I be concerned?

Mono: You could be developing superimposed bacterial infection as well since you have lowered immunity status with mono. See your pcp. ...Read more

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Could my cough get progressively worse if I have emphysema?

Could my cough get progressively worse if I have emphysema?

Possibly: Cough is one of several disabling symptoms in emphysema but is not usually life threatening. A number of remedies are available. ...Read more

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5 y/o being treated for croup, cough is getting worse- but more bronchitis than croup. Is this to be expected? Croup 3X this year.

5 y/o being treated for croup, cough is getting worse- but more bronchitis than croup. Is this to be expected? Croup 3X this year.

Mgt/ workup: Croup may recur and is caused by a number of viruses. I would suggest seeing your pediatric lung specialist. In addition, airway structural changes, foreign body aspiration and persistent inflammation of the airway may be related to the symptoms. A virtual appointment is also available. Making a recording of the sound and noting when it is worse, will help in the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with sinusitis and prescribed antibiotics. Been taking for 4 days now and developed a cough that's getting worse. Why is this?

Diagnosed with sinusitis and prescribed antibiotics. Been taking for 4 days now and developed a cough that's getting worse. Why is this?

Cough on antibiotics: It may be a viral infection, in which case the antibiotic won't work. Could be the wrong antibiotic and ineffective for the bacteria you have (e.g. amoxicillin for beta-lactamase containing Haemophilus bacteria). Underlying asthma or COPD can flare up with the infection. You could also have progression of your infection to bronchitis or pneumonia. Some feel better but have drainage that persists. ...Read more

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My grandad is 93 and has had a cold for 2 1/2 weeks but the cough is getting worse and he has had 4 strokes in the last year. Is this a cough or more?

My grandad is 93 and has had a cold for 2 1/2 weeks but the cough is getting worse and he has had 4 strokes in the last year. Is this a cough or more?

Cannot diagnose: At 94 even minor illnesses in younger people may become very severe. Cough is so non-specific that it can be due to multiple factors. Hopefully he is being seen by a good doctor. Hope he is better soon. ...Read more

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I have a cough that get worse at night and I have been loosing breath. I also make a bad sound when I inhale?

I have a cough that get worse at night and I have been loosing breath. I also make a bad sound when I inhale?

Breathing problems: It is not uncommon for breathing issues to become exacerbated at night. However the fact that your are having difficulty breathing really warrants medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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Dear sir, my wife (29 years) is having dry cough since 6 months. While coughing she is having tears in eyes. This cough is getting worse in nights?

Dear sir, my wife (29 years) is having dry cough since 6 months. While coughing she is having tears in eyes. This cough is getting worse in nights?

Many Reasons: Possible causes for a persistent cough include lung and/or sinus infection, asthma or emphysema, acid reflux, allergies (food such as milk or environmental such as chemicals or pollen), and/or heart disease. Each of these causes have different treatments. Please see your doctor until cause of coughing is determined. ...Read more

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Cough is getting worse. Can they test for pertussis now even though she's not coughing very heavily?

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Yes: Specimen obtained from nasopharyngeal swab is often sent to a special lab to culture or to do pcr test. ...Read more

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Please explain why does dextromethorphan (dxm) taken as a cough suppressant cause my cough to get worse?

Please explain why does dextromethorphan (dxm) taken as a cough suppressant cause my cough to get worse?

Cough: Dextromehtorphan and medicines that help, loosen the mucous, (mucolytic agents,)these act as expectorants, that is the reason for a short time people cough more, unlike suppressant s. ...Read more

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My cough! It's getting worse. I took so many medicines including keflex, softin and some syrups though, recommended by my doc. Still it's there.

My cough! It's getting worse. I took so many medicines including keflex, softin and some syrups though, recommended by my doc. Still it's there.

Need to evaluate: How long has the cough lasted? If it has gone on for more than two weeks, you need to be evaluated to exclude tuberculosis. ...Read more

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Went to doc on Sat diagnosed me with flu, no tests given. I was given Tamiflu (oseltamivir) but my cough is getting worse and the phlegm is very dark green.?

Went to doc on Sat diagnosed me with flu, no tests given. I was given Tamiflu (oseltamivir) but my cough is getting worse and the phlegm is very dark green.?

Phlegm: Phlegm can be different colors throughout the day and is usually darkest (yellowish green) in the morning. Since your cough is getting worse, you may have pneumonia or sinus infection and may need another trip to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Woke up feel breathing through straw-going on day 6-cough/chest getting worse. Prednisone, zithromax, cheritussin, sudafed, deconex dmx-no help. Clean xray?

Woke up feel breathing through straw-going on day 6-cough/chest getting worse. Prednisone, zithromax, cheritussin, sudafed, deconex dmx-no help. Clean xray?

Pulmonary doctor: You need to be more thoroughly evaluated. Tossing multiple medications on this in an attempt to see if something works is only one way to approach this. A pulmonary specialist will probably get to the root of this. ...Read more

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My daughter is already taking amoxicillin for her sore throat but her cough is getting worse (maybe due to the drainage occurring). Is it ok to give Delsym along with the amoxicillin?

My daughter is already taking amoxicillin for her sore throat but her cough is getting worse (maybe due to the drainage occurring). Is it ok to give Delsym along with the amoxicillin?

Amoxicillin/Delsym: It is OK to give those two medications together. There is no interaction between the two of them. In fact, they are complementary in helping to treat your child’s condition. However, I will state that there is not a lot of evidence that over-the-counter cold remedies help young children very much. ...Read more

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5th week of preg, 2 days with sore throat & dry cough. Cough is getting worse at night during sleep. Will this harm my babies? Pls help. Tq.

5th week of preg, 2 days with sore throat & dry cough. Cough is getting worse at night during sleep. Will this harm my babies? Pls help. Tq.

ACUTE BRONCHITIS: Most probably not. It is a short attack of dry coughing episodes which can be viral or allergic in nature. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w bacterial infection (sore throat & flu sympt) Cough is getting worse (times) and now chest and upper back pain. Doesn't feel like asthma.

Diagnosed w bacterial infection (sore throat & flu sympt) Cough is getting worse (times) and now chest and upper back pain. Doesn't feel like asthma.

Mgt/workup: Since you have had a bacterial or flu like illness, the cough may be a result of bronchitis, pneumonia or inflammation of the lung/lining of the lung.
I would suggest a pulmonary function test if it does not improve within three weeks. ...Read more

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My daughter has seen her doctor had chest x rays they put her on steriods but the coughing is getting worse what can I do for her?

My daughter has seen her doctor had chest x rays they put her on steriods but the coughing is getting worse what can I do for her?

See doctor again: If she was given steroids, her doctor probably thinks her cough is due to bronchospasm. But, there are other possibilities including gerd, post-nasal drip or even a combination of etiologies. If her cough is multi-factorial, she will continue to cough until all etiologies are treated. So, she should return to her doctor so she can be reevaluated and treated. She may require additional testing. ...Read more

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Why does cough from bronchitis get worse at night?

Why does cough from bronchitis get worse at night?

Many reasons: Most likely due to humidity, position, temperature changes; can be d/t environment changes (@ home not work) and allergens present; can be meds wearing off from earlier in day. Should discuss w/your dr to see how to best manage symptoms. ...Read more

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