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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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Have a stiff neck right down to waiste also across shoulder blades, also have a cold I think, stuff nose, cough, fever, throat and chest when coughin?

Have a stiff neck right down to waiste also across shoulder blades, also have a cold I think, stuff nose, cough, fever, throat and chest when coughin?

Could be Flu: See your doctor for a flu test. Elderberry is very helpful in treating the flu. Homeopathic bryonia (feeling grumpy and better not moving and worse moving) or gelsemium (feeling dull dopey droopy dizzy) can be helpful. If the stiffness is worsening and you have a severe headache please go to the nearest emergency department. ...Read more

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Cough sore throat raw chest no fever or body aches at all flu!? Or something else?????

Cough sore throat raw chest no fever or body aches at all flu!? Or something else?????

Possibilities Huge: A hugely common mistake is jumping to conclusions in the mistaken belief that a label (diagnoses in medicalese) will somehow result in a fix or cure. Yet this is precisely one of the commonly promoted mistakes which powerfully drive? Costs &? Quality, including within the medical disease industry. Avoid assuming what is Not in Evidence. As Soul? Mind? Brain? Body creatures, possibilities are huge. ...Read more

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I am 35 weeks pregnant & have a dry non-productive cough, sore throat & sore chest can I take musinex dm & cepacol at the same time?

I am 35 weeks pregnant & have a dry non-productive cough, sore throat & sore chest can I take musinex dm & cepacol at the same time?

Check with your doc: Pregnancy is always a tough issue. We do not want to put the child into danger. Mucinex (guaifenesin) and cepacol will probably not help much anyway. Halls are over the counter and probably ok. ...Read more

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Can cough cause throat chest feel rAw n burning n cause u to cough more n what can I do can't stop coughing cause throst I think?

Can cough cause throat chest feel rAw n burning n cause u to cough more n what can I do can't stop coughing cause throst I think?

Respiratory infectio: Sound like you may have infection in the respiratory tract, you need physical exam and medicines could be used to make you feel better. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Everytime I cough, my throat, chest, and back hurt all at the same time. I already visited the doc, and he say's I'm fine, I don't feel fine though.?

Everytime I cough, my throat, chest, and back hurt all at the same time. I already visited the doc, and he say's I'm fine, I don't feel fine though.?

Its possible that: Its possible that both are true. You can "be" fine, but still feel unwell. Your cough can cause all the symptoms you describe, but it can be a self limited illness that will resolve without (or in spite of) anything your doctor can do. Cough is a violent action your muscles have to do, and some upper respiratory illnesses will lead to days if not weeks of cough. We can lessen the cough with some meds (inhalers). ...Read more

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Persistent dry cough. Tickle in throat/chest. 26 year old male non-smoker. What are chances of lung cancer?

Persistent dry cough. Tickle in throat/chest. 26 year old male non-smoker. What are chances of lung cancer?

Depends on your othe: Fairly unlikely. Most likely post nasal drip, reflux or other benign condition. As persistent see your doc. ...Read more

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Constant acidity, dry cough, burning in throat+chest when exercising, breathing trouble. Is my sleep apnea causing this or is it acidity causing apnea?

Constant acidity, dry cough, burning in throat+chest when exercising, breathing trouble. Is my sleep apnea causing this or is it acidity causing apnea?

Chicken & egg: There is an association between acid reflux and sleep apnea. There is no proof that reflux leads to sleep apnea (or vice-versa) but the association between the two has been shown repeatedly. You need optimal treatment of BOTH conditions to feel well again, so TTYD about a sleep study with a CPAP mask and Prilosec or other acid blocker. Hope this helps. Thanks 4 trusting HealthTap w/ your question. ...Read more

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Bad cough itchy throat chest congestion nasal congestion what over-the-counter medicine is best to take?

Bad cough itchy throat chest congestion nasal congestion what over-the-counter medicine is best to take?

OTC meds: Medications like Guaifenesin which could be found in Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin) can be helpful. Also, for nasal stuffiness you could try afrin nasal spray one spray in each nostril twice a day. Please only take for three days as there's a high risk of rebound rhinitis if you take for longer than three days. ...Read more

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I have a mild sore throat chest and neck pain when coughing drainage clearing throat tender chest shallow breathing. Diagnosis?

I have a mild sore throat chest and neck pain when coughing drainage clearing throat tender chest shallow breathing. Diagnosis?

Bronchitis Symptoms: Probably bronchitis. Many are viral and will resolve in 7-10 days. If cough becomes productive or fever above 100, I recommend a visit to your doctor to evaluate for possible antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Can bad cough felt in the throat not chest be related to bad parathyroid gland? I had this for couple wks. Went fr chest to feel in throat.

Can bad cough felt in the throat not chest be related to bad parathyroid gland? I had this for couple wks. Went fr chest to feel in throat.

Irritation: Parathyroid glands are small and I don't think that your cough is caused by one. You may have tracheal irritation left over from a recent bronchial infection with a lot of coughing. A chest x-ray should be done to make sure that there is no lung pathology if the cough persists. In the meantime try a mild cough suppressant like robitussindm. ...Read more

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My chest is itching, internally, and there is a rattling sound in my chest as well. When I cough or sneeze, my throat and chest hurts. What is wrong?

My chest is itching, internally, and there is a rattling sound in my chest as well. When I cough or sneeze, my throat and chest hurts. What is wrong?

Get check up: Many symptoms to really diagnose this, need to see a doctor to listen to your chest and treat this condition. But it seems like you have asthma or allergy with increase secretions. ...Read more

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I had a bad cough and sore throat Sunday I had surgery 11/10/14 in now the cough is worse throat is worse chest hurting upper back is hurting?

Talk to your doctor: With recent surgery history now having cough, it should be wise to come see your doctor again. We don't know your medical history especially history of your recent surgery so we cannot give you good advice. Talk to your doctor who know more about you and what risks if any from your recent illness that might relate to your current cough and sore throat. ...Read more

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Swollen lips, wheeze, cough, tightness in throat, tightness in chest are all present during my kids month on tobi (tobramycin). I wear n95 1 hr & hepabut still sx.

Swollen lips, wheeze, cough, tightness in throat, tightness in chest are all present during my kids month on tobi (tobramycin). I wear n95 1 hr & hepabut still sx.

Talk to your doctor: Much of the dose of tobi (tobramycin) goes into the air rather than directly into the child, especially when given with a mask rather than mouthpiece. It sounds like you are having a reaction to it. Talk to your child's doctor who has prescribed the tobi (tobramycin). It may be necessary to switch to a different inhaled antibiotic for your child rather than tobi (tobramycin). ...Read more

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Dry intermittent cough for 3 weeks with throat and chest tightness. I do not smoke. Not an issue when working out or sleeping. Starts a couple hours after waking up. Can pnd cause all of this?

Dry intermittent cough for 3 weeks with throat and chest tightness. I do not smoke. Not an issue when working out or sleeping. Starts a couple hours after waking up. Can pnd cause all of this?

Possibly: While it is possible that PND is causing this, PND typically does not cause a dry cough unless it is very little; also chest tightness seems odd in the scenario of PND causing your cough. An evaluation by a pcp and perhaps a chest x-ray would not be a bad idea. ...Read more

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I have a horrible cough, dark yellow mucus, sore throat, chest hurts, body chills. I'm only getting worse. What should I do?

I have a horrible cough, dark yellow mucus, sore throat, chest hurts, body chills. I'm only getting worse. What should I do?

Get Medical Help: You are ill. You may have pneumonia. It is time to see the doctor. You do not need the er. You need a family doctor. ...Read more

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I have hayfever. I've had sore throat, cough, wheezy chest, phlegm taste in throat for 4 days, but no congestion. Is this hayfever even w/o congestion?

I have hayfever. I've had sore throat, cough, wheezy chest, phlegm taste in throat for 4 days, but no congestion. Is this hayfever even w/o congestion?

No way to tell w/o t: No way to tell w/o t testing. The "wheezy" cough & phlegm suggests there may be congestion in the lungs. But is it hayfever or a viral infection? Or bacterial tracheitis? They all feel the same more-or-less, but are treated differently. Testing of phlegm, blood (allergy tests), chest X-ray, & other tools available to a doctor can sometimes tell the difference. TTYD or use HealthTap Prime to determine the cause. GL! ...Read more

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Sore throat cough mucous chest pain fever and chills?

Sore throat cough mucous chest pain fever and chills?

May be a cold: But since you have fever and chills you should see your physician to be checked for something that may need treatment. ...Read more

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Constant cough, tightness in chest & throat, lightheadedness & dizzy, inhaler's not working. Terrified of ER (severe social anxiety) help please? =(

Constant cough, tightness in chest & throat, lightheadedness & dizzy, inhaler's not working. Terrified of ER (severe social anxiety) help please? =(

I am aware that you: Are very frightened of going to an emergency room. But, it is imperative that you take your symptoms seriously. Would encourage you get care now -. ...Read more

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I am mostly worried about my cough-raspy. Rasp in my throat and chest, after coughing I have to catch my breath, heart racing. Wat is it, see a doc?

Yes....: A cough associated with shortness of breath should be evaluated by a doctor. It may be due to bronchospasm which can sometimes be diagnosed directly by a doctor and sometimes requires testing, like pulmonary function tests. If this is the problem, it can be treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. If you smoke, you need to quit asap to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Cold-like symptoms for 2 months: w/cough, chest & throat & some back pain. Fatigue too. Getting better. Still some pain; breathing better now. X-ray few weeks ago showed things normal; heart is good. Will this person be ok? Go 2 doc again? Explain?

Cold-like symptoms for 2 months: w/cough, chest & throat & some back pain. Fatigue too. Getting better. Still some pain; breathing better now. X-ray few weeks ago showed things normal; heart is good. Will this person be ok? Go 2 doc again? Explain?

Mgt.: There may have been an initial pneumonia, was the patient treated with medications? If he/she is still symptomatic, I would suggest a culture(s) of airway secretions and close follow up. Monitor for fever, and please see a Pulmonologist. A copy of the Radiograph may be uploaded with more details provided during a virtual consultation. ...Read more

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Not feeling good. Nasal congestion dry cough sore throat but why does my chest and upper back hirt?

Not feeling good.  Nasal congestion dry cough sore throat but why does my chest and upper back hirt?

Lung involvement: Sounds as if you have a respiratory infection of wither viral or bacterial origin. The latter would require antibiotics and evaluation from a health care provider. The lungs can get involved which could cause chest and back discomfort with inflammation that occurs. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, cough that hurts my chest. And i seen ONE yellow spot on my right tonsil. No fever that I've noticed. Could it be strep?

I have a sore throat, cough that hurts my chest. And i seen ONE yellow spot on my right tonsil. No fever that I've noticed. Could it be strep?

Hard to guess: Throat pain can be from strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees a doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to see about antibiotics). Lots of coughing makes it less likely to be strep throat. Doctor can evaluate. ...Read more

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Head congestion, cough up mucus, dry throat ear ache, chest pressure for 4 days now?

Head congestion, cough up mucus, dry throat ear ache, chest pressure for 4 days now?

URI: Those are symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection and bronchitis that is likely caused by viruses. I would take OTC relief medications and if not improving or started to have fever see PCP ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more