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Doctor insights on: Cough High Pitched Or Barking

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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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High-pitched cough, side pain when walking, and coughing, memory loss and feels like not getting quite enough air?

High-pitched cough, side pain when walking, and coughing, memory loss and feels like not getting quite enough air?

Get seen: If you are having side pain with your cough and a feeling of shortness of breath and memory loss (which could be from inadequate air exchange with lower o2 levels and higher co2 levels), get seen immediately. ...Read more

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My 13 year old had a fever and a cough that is sometimes long and high pitched she is also coughing up white clear phlegm what is it? Doctor or not?

My 13 year old had a fever and a cough that is sometimes long and high pitched she is also coughing up white clear phlegm what is it? Doctor or not?

Doctor, yes: Most coughs with colds improve by 7-10 days. A prolonged cough, especially if it high pitched and long could be pertussis or other lower respiratory infection. ...Read more

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My 13 year old had fever 3 times in 2 days she has a barky cough and white/clear phlegm sometimes it's long and high pitched doctor or not. What is it?

My 13 year old had fever 3 times in 2 days she has a barky cough and white/clear phlegm sometimes it's long and high pitched doctor or not. What is it?

Viral illness: Most often viruses cause symptoms as you describe. Given the high pitched, barky cough, I suggest you take her in for evaluation immediately. ...Read more

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I have been having a serious barking cough, for weeks now. It maybe allergic as the pollen count is very high these days. Can anyone help me?

I have been having a serious barking cough, for weeks now. It maybe allergic as the pollen count is very high these days. Can anyone help me?

Maybe not allergic: A barking cough suggests involvement of the windpipe and voice box - not the usual areas for allergies. Think croup, laryngotracheobronchitis, and whooping cough. Cough-variant asthma, vocal cord dysfunction, and acid reflux should also be considered. Your health care professional - medical assistant, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, md - can help you figure this out. ...Read more

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Weezing in chest high pitch sound as I breath have not had a cold lately either a slight cough as well came on.?

Weezing in chest high pitch sound as I breath have not had a cold lately either a slight cough as well came on.?

Get an evaluation: If not asthmatic & a chest noise is present either something is obstructing your airways or an inflammation is present in thatr location. ...Read more

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1year has a high temperature, barking cough, noisy breathing, hoarse voice?

1year has a high temperature, barking cough, noisy breathing, hoarse voice?

Go to your doc or ER: Don’t know how high the temp is, but at that age viruses and bacteria are serious health threats and need to be evaluated right away, Pertussis, enteroviruses, Strep, all can cause serious illnesses, have the little guy looked at now!! ...Read more

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I have high cough what to do?

I have high cough what to do?

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

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What may be causing my child's barking seal cough?

What may be causing my child's barking seal cough?

Viral croup: There are many viruses that will invade the upper airway of a kid 6m-8y and trigger an outpouring of mucous & cough that sounds like a seal barking. This is generally a 4-5 day illness with low grade temp but sometimes complicated by an ear infection.Some cases are quite dramatic, marked by late night scary events&trips to the er while daytime brings harsh voice. Have kid seen if signs are worrisom. ...Read more

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Can this cough syrup get me high?

Can this cough syrup get me high?

Maybe: Some cough syrups contain Codeine which is a type of narcotic. These are by prescription only and should be used only under the direction of your physician for short periods of time due to the risk of dependenc. The over the counter cough syrups will not result in mood changes--up or down. ...Read more

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How do I get high off cough syrup?

How do I get high off cough syrup?

Get Help: Why would you want to ask us about 'getting high' from drugs. Sounds like you need therapy for dangerous impulses. Get help. ...Read more

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What can you do to relieve a barking cough?

What can you do to relieve a barking cough?

Barking seals cough: This is seen in croup. It helps to expose the child to a cold and humid air. Croup usually occcurs in the winter months and so opening up the window and letting your child breath at the window helps. If you can take the child outside sefely that works better. Humidifiers may help as well. If the child is having respiratory difficulty then u should take the child to er asap. ...Read more

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I am getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

I am getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

Get Evaluated: Cough is a symptom of an underlying disease. If a cough persists then it needs to be evaluated by one's physician. ...Read more

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Is it a bad sign if I enjoy getting high on cough syrup?

Is it a bad sign if I enjoy getting high on cough syrup?

Cough med: Yes- absolutely. Please stop doing this - you are damaging your body. Seek help from you pcp, psychologist and your family. Throw away any cough medicine in the house. ...Read more

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What to do if getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

What to do if getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

Consistent illness: Chronic or recurrent symptoms warrant medical evaluation to determine cause. ...Read more

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3year old has a cough which seems worse at night time, he has had a high temperature?

3year old has a cough which seems worse at night time, he has had a high temperature?

Cough: A cough in a 3 year old can have many causes. Particularly with a high fever he should be examined. All the best. ...Read more

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If you can get high off of cough syrup does that mean that even the normal dosage is dangerous?

If you can get high off of cough syrup does that mean that even the normal dosage is dangerous?

No: When used as directed, cough meds are safe. Abusers will either drink large amounts of cough meds or concentrate the liquid. ...Read more

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I have had a horrible cough since before Christmas it sound like a barking seal can you help me?

I have had a horrible cough since before Christmas it sound like a barking seal can you help me?

Possible Pertussis: Although a viral bronchitis can cause a prolonged cough, the barking nature of your cough suggests the possibility of Pertussis (Whooping cough). California has had a severe epidemic of Pertussis and Stockton, CA has had above average pertussis compared to the rest of CA. Ask your physician to test for Pertussis. He/she will likely have you take a 5 day course of azithromycin (Z Pak) even if test (-) ...Read more

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My 5yr old suffers a lot with dry coughs sometimes lasting 2wks or more she doesn't have a high temperature with the cough. Any advice?

My 5yr old suffers a lot with dry coughs sometimes lasting 2wks or more she doesn't have a high temperature with the cough. Any advice?

Yes: A recurrent dry cough such as you describe may represent asthma. You should see her pediatrician to discuss this and whether or not she would be a candidate for maintenance medications if consistent with persistent asthma. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would cough and cold medicin get me high?

Are you asking: Because you desire to use it recreationally? Some medications do have that potential - but most don't. ...Read more

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Can oxygen levels be high or low because of a chesty cough?

Can oxygen levels be high or low because of a chesty cough?

Normal: Usually cough is a reflex to clear the airway of mucus and shouldn't affect oxygen level. The oxygen level in a person's blood depends on hemoglobin (to carry oxygen) and interface between alveoli (air sacs) and blood vessels in the lungs. If air sacs in the lungs are damaged (emphysema from smoking) or their is fluid, mucus, pus in the alveoli, then oxygen can't pass, oxygen level goes down. ...Read more

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Will benzonatate pearls get me high like cough syrup?

Will benzonatate pearls get me high like cough syrup?

Benzonatate pearls: No these will not get you high like cough syrup. Because it does not contain narcotics like codeine, hydrocodone or dexomorphone. ...Read more

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I have difficulty swalloing, high temperature and the occasional cough and earache?

Infection: Usually a high temperature indicates your body is fighting an infection. See a doctor to help decide what treatments, meds and diagnosis you have. ...Read more

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What to do about a barking cough after travelling to a country?

What to do about a barking cough after travelling to a country?

Get med check.: 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