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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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For the last three days I have had painful cough which hurts chest. It is very bad at night with an hour or more of coughing fits during night.

For the last three days I have had painful cough which hurts chest. It is very bad at night with an hour or more of coughing fits during night.

See your doctor: See your doctor as soon as possible in order to determine the cause of the cough. It is likely chest wall pain from some sort of bronchitis however your doctor will need to rule out more serious causes such as bacterial pneumonia or pulmonary embolism. You will likey need a chest x-ray. Keep track of any fevers, discolored sputum, or associated symptoms such as shortness of breath. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for over 3 weeks an its not getting any better my full body hurts when i cough especially my chest I don't know what to do now...

I've had a cough for over 3 weeks an its not getting any better my full body hurts when i cough especially my chest I don't know what to do now...

Seek help : There can be many causes for your persistent cough. If you're not having fevers or chills and not producing a colored sputum, infection is less likely. If you're generally healthy, Postnasal drip needs to be considered. Acid reflux can also be a cause. See an internist who will ensure there are no important underlying causes for your cough that shouldn't be ignored. ...Read more

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From last month i leave smoking.But there is very cough in my chest .Tell me what will i do?

From last month i leave smoking.But there is very cough in my chest .Tell me what will i do?

Associ w symptoms?: This depends if your cough is associated with production of pus or mucus or bleeding as well as fever or chills. It is normal for your body to want to expel the foreign body particles inhaled with smoking but secondary infection or bronchitis may need to be treated. ...Read more

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How i can get rid of cough from my chest?

See your doctor: Cough generally goes away by itself, but if it persists, your doctor can find the underlying cause. Then they can help treat and make it go away. ...Read more

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I have a cough, and some chest congestioni usually workout everyday, and don't want to skip, what should I do?

I have a cough, and some chest congestioni usually workout everyday, and don't want to skip, what should I do?

Observation: If you are a generally healthy individual and you have no fever, no productive cough of brown or blood tinged sputum, are not short of breath or having pain when you breathe, then you should simple rest, take in lots of liquids and observe. If any of the above, then you should see a primary care physician. Use common sense and if concerned, seek care. ...Read more

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Had chest congestion 2 weeks ago & dont know that its gone or not. During the 5 day medication got cough & cold. I can feel cough in my chest ?

Had chest congestion 2 weeks ago & dont know that its gone or not. During the 5 day medication got cough & cold. I can feel cough in my chest ?

ACUTE BRONCHITIS: Your symptoms are consistent with acute bronchitis . You need to be reevaluated labs and CXR done to rule out pneumonia. You will probably need a different course of antibiotics and a nebulizer to give deeper penetration for medication Please get evaluated promptly! If wheezing progressive a course of steroids may be tried ...Read more

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Getting over cold still have a cough Its a deep cough sometimes My chest has been hurting, especially when I move (sit to stand) how can I alleviate?

Getting over cold still have a cough Its a deep cough sometimes My chest has been hurting, especially when I move (sit to stand) how can I alleviate?

Post-tussive cough.: When we're sick with an upper or lower respiratory infection, the cough tends to be the last symptom to clear. This is called a post-tussive cough which, as you can surmise, means "post-cough cough". The coughing itself makes the cough linger. The solution? Cough suppressant. ...Read more

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How can I tell whether I have a bad cough or a chest infection?

Cough: Sometimes it is hard to know if you just have a cold or something more serious. I usually tell my patients to be seen with persistant fevers, difficulty breathing, wheezing, cough productive of blood or a cough that worsens. Without a chest xray and examination you can't tell. ...Read more

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My 8 month baby has been having a cough and congested chest, his temperature is not been normal, should we go to the er?

My 8 month baby has been having a cough and congested chest, his temperature is not been normal, should we go to the er?

8 months old wth cou: Since your baby has fever and congestion in chest , you need to have the baby examined, take the baby to your pediatrician or er.It can be a viral uri, or bronchiolitis or pneumonia and needs to be checked. ...Read more

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Back in March I had an infection that caused dry cough along with chest pain. Cough lasted 2 months but chest pain hasn't gone away. Suggestions?

Back in March I had an infection that caused dry cough along with chest pain. Cough lasted 2 months but chest pain hasn't gone away. Suggestions?

Chest wall strain : if you had cough so long it can cause strain of chest wall muscles, tendons,ribs...pain in chest, especially with derp breath, sneezing.change of position. #1 treat cough! if gone #2 keep deep breathing exercises - ok to use Advil (ibuprofen) if tolerated up to 800 mg every 8 hours . Condition called " costochondritis" common. Check w MD if need Chest X ray to check other reasons. . ...Read more

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Coughing for about a month. Sudden attacks of cough. Body pain. Chest pain and weakness. When he moves or breaths it causes him pain. What could be?

Coughing for about a month. Sudden attacks of cough. Body pain. Chest pain and weakness. When he moves or breaths it causes him pain. What could be?

Please see a doctor: We all can guess what the problem is. However, a cough for a month is nothing to take lightly. Please seek the care of a reputable physician. ...Read more

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Is green sputum,while I am fighting cold,a sample 4having course of antibiotic?its th 7th day and still.Only trebon.37.3c max temp,cough,no pain chest

Is green sputum,while I am fighting cold,a sample 4having course of antibiotic?its th 7th day and still.Only trebon.37.3c max temp,cough,no pain chest

Fighting infection: Green sputum means that your body is fighting the injection. It could be a viral or bacterial infection. Antibiotics work only on bacterial infection. If you take antibiotics while you are having a viral infection it will cause more harm than good. If you start having fever, facial pain, shortness of breath, blood in the sputum than you will need further evaluation and possibly antibiotics ...Read more

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8 yr. old diagnosis with pneumonia x2 in 3months. Now has occasional deep cough, nonproductive with chest pain.

8 yr. old diagnosis with pneumonia x2 in 3months. Now has occasional deep cough, nonproductive with chest pain.

Pneumonia: Pneumonia times 2 in 3 months is often. Did the initial infection clear well? Continue to follow up,with his doctor until he is well. If he is not getting better and staying unwell your doctor may need to so additional testing. ...Read more

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I have a lingering cough after a chest cold, getting a pain on left side near armpit when coughing, no other symptoms.

I have a lingering cough after a chest cold, getting a pain on left side near armpit when coughing, no other symptoms.

Chest pain/coughing: Be examined again. Either the infection has not resolved or your cough has strained your chest and it is chest wall pain. All the best. ...Read more

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