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Cough Getting Worse
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
That is possible: Depending on when in the course of illness you are at. Read more
Congestion with dry cough getting worse, put in ammoxicillian didn't work now on pak, not helping, ?
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
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?
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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?
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
Hi I've went to the doctor on Sunday last week and the doctor put me on agmentin 4000mg I'm feeling a little better but now my cough is getting worse and thoart is on fire...when I take the medicine I feel almost high in a way is this normal to happen...i
Finish the course: We don't know what your doctor is treating you for. But I will suggest you finish the full course prescribed for you and if still not better than follow up with your doctor Read more
Cough is getting worse. Can they test for pertussis now even though she's not coughing very heavily?
Yes: Specimen obtained from nasopharyngeal swab is often sent to a special lab to culture or to do pcr test. Read more