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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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Dull pain in lower right abdomen, cough, shortness of breath, and also found a small lump on left testicle. What could it be?

Dull pain in lower right abdomen, cough, shortness of breath, and also found a small lump on left testicle. What could it be?

Don'tIgnoreFamJewels: I entered "dull pain+lower rt abd+short of breath+lump left testicle" into Watson, the super-super computer and after 45 minutes of beeps and flashes it came-up with "BURPO." So much for super-computers. So, back to the drawing board. If I were you, I'd focus on that testicle lump right now (i.e. ASAP) and get that figured-out and at the same time you can tell them all about everything else. ...Read more

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Hoarse cough Shortness of breath since 2 days early in the morning when im sleeping. Goes away after taking cough medicine after an hr. Asthma?

Hoarse cough Shortness of breath since 2 days early in the morning when im sleeping. Goes away after taking cough medicine after an hr. Asthma?

May be: Or airway hypersensitivity, also check your sinuses, cough medicine would help momentarily, check with an allergist if you have a specialist around, but start with your regular doctor, you will need a bronchodilator to help your cough first, and other controller medicine might be needed in addition to treating any other condition like sinusitis, good luck ...Read more

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Spitting up fresh blood with chunks of what looks like liver, can that be bronchitis I don't have a cough, shortness of breath, but I do smoke lightly?

Spitting up fresh blood with chunks of what looks like liver, can that be bronchitis I don't have a cough, shortness of breath, but I do smoke lightly?

Possibly: You're describing "gross hemoptysis with clots" - this can be caused by bronchitis but if one of those clots gets stuck in your breathing passage, you're going to have trouble breathing. You need to go to an ER for this now. ...Read more

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A Cold from 2 weeks ago turned into a productive cough, shortness of breath, night sweats, headache, clammy skin, no fever. Is it bronchitis?

A Cold from 2 weeks ago turned into a productive cough, shortness of breath, night sweats, headache, clammy skin, no fever. Is it bronchitis?

Or pneumonia?: Do you have a cool mist humidifier? Fill it with one bottle of hydrogen peroxide, and two bottles of water. That will give you a 1% aerosolized mist of hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide kills the bugs on contact (virus or bacteria) as you breath in the mist, and breaks down into water and oxygen. You should feel better in a day or two. ...Read more

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I have excess mucus in lungs/throat-barely comes up when I cough-Shortness of breath and I have to cough frequently. No Bronchitis. Maybe asthma?

I have excess mucus in lungs/throat-barely comes up when I cough-Shortness of breath and I have to cough frequently. No Bronchitis. Maybe asthma?

Cough/Sputum: If you have had a recent upper respiratory infection (past 3 months) and the cough/mucous started afterwards, this could be "post-infectious cough" that resembles cough-variant asthma. The latter is possible too. Further history taking is necessary to help direct you- I will be happy to see you in an online appointment or you could see your PCP as well. ...Read more

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Cough, fatigue, shortness breath (one flight of stairs +60% heart rate), wheezing/rattling right lung only, slight pains in left rib and right back?

Cough, fatigue, shortness breath (one flight of stairs +60% heart rate), wheezing/rattling right lung only, slight pains in left rib and right back?

Go get evaluated: If you are feeling so bad with wheezing and you can tell the side of rattling of lung, you could have a pneumonia. It is best for you to be evaluated, go to er or urgent care so you can be treated appropriately. ...Read more

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My upper respiratory symptoms are runny nose 24 hour, mild cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, stuffy nose. So kindly tell me the best medicine?

My upper respiratory symptoms are runny nose 24 hour, mild cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, stuffy nose. So kindly tell me the best medicine?

See below: You have a cold. I recommend an over the counter decongestant either phenylephrine nose drops or spray or pseudephedrine tablets (the ones locked up behind the counter). Use them for only 3-4 days to avoid rebound phenomenon. You could also take tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief and throat lozenges if sore throat. Take Robitussin-DM for cough. Keep yourself well hydrated and you should get better soon. ...Read more

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Lower/middle right back pain, coughing, shortness of breath, headache/dizziness when standing or sitting, right side neck pain?

See doctor: With these symptoms, it's time to see your doctor! Do call now, so you can be examined asap. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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What causes non stop deep coughing, shortness of breath, chest congestion? I coughed for 45 minutes straight last night, causing lack of breath.

What causes non stop deep coughing, shortness of breath, chest congestion? I coughed for 45 minutes straight last night, causing lack of breath.

See your Dr.: Those symptoms make me think that you might have pneumonia. This is the time to go see a doctor and get checked. There are other causes as well but they are going to require physical exam. Go see your doctor. Now is the time. ...Read more

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Chest pain. Feeling sick. Being sick. Cold sweat. Dizzy. Feeling light headed. Wheezing. Coughing. Shortness of breath feeling a bad sensation?

Chest pain. Feeling sick. Being sick. Cold sweat. Dizzy. Feeling light headed. Wheezing. Coughing. Shortness of breath feeling a bad sensation?

Cough: This is likely the common cold. Give it time and it will resolve. Take some tylenol (acetaminophen) and get plenty of rest. Do not forget about drinking enough fluid. If you are wheezing you may need to see your doctor and get a chest x-ray to rule out a pneumonia. The doctor can also give you a bronchodilator to make your breathing easier and open up the bronchi of the lungs. Good luck. Feel better. ...Read more

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Fever of 101.X, headaches, coughing, shortness of breath, dizziness, sore throat, upset stomach but no vomiting and very tired. Symptoms for 15 days.

Fever of 101.X, headaches, coughing, shortness of breath, dizziness, sore throat, upset stomach but no vomiting and very tired. Symptoms for 15 days.

Shortness of breath?: You've been sick with whatever this is for over 2 weeks now, and are still febrile plus are feeling short of breath. Please go to an urgent care center since it's now friday evening, unless your own physician can see you himself/herself. Be well. ...Read more

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Could his cough and shortness of breath and raspyness possibly be emphysema?

Could his cough and shortness of breath and raspyness possibly be emphysema?

Yes: Emphysema can present with all of these symptoms. To start to make the diagnosis one needs a chest xray and pulmonary function tests. ...Read more

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How can I treat a barking cough and shortness of breath? It's been a month.

How can I treat a barking cough and shortness of breath? It's been a month.

Pertussis possible: Chronic cough lasting for a month might be pertussis (whooping cough). You need to followup with a doctor for an exam and lab tests. ...Read more

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My husband is getting over something. My baby and I stayed away. Starting Saturday I've had this phlemy cough and shortness of breath. Pneumonia?

My husband is getting over something. My baby and I stayed away. Starting Saturday I've had this phlemy cough and shortness of breath. Pneumonia?

Shortness of breath: This usually implies something is not working properly in your lungs. It may be infection but also could represent wheezing. Have your doctor listen to your lungs and help you with a diagnosis. All the best and I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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No cough but shortness of breath, chest hurts not often?

No cough but shortness of breath, chest hurts not often?

Short of breath: Many possible causes for what you describe, no way to advise particulars with the limited information here. Should go see your doctor to find out if something is wrong and what to do. ...Read more

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What doc should I see for chronic cough and shortness of breath?

What doc should I see for chronic cough and shortness of breath?

Well...: Why? We cannot tell over the internet.

Who? Your doctor.

Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have an issue in my chest. For 3 months now I have intermittent cough and shortness of breath. Sometimes it hurts when I breathe.

I have an issue in my chest. For 3 months now I have intermittent cough and shortness of breath. Sometimes it hurts when I breathe.

Chronic Cough: Chronic cough is most commonly due to 3 conditions: asthma, post-nasal drip, or GERD (heartburn). You might have one or a combination of all three. Further workup by Allergist is helpful as they can perform a more detailed assessment including skin testing, pulmonary function testing, and chest x-ray. Treatment will depend on cause. Good luck ...Read more

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Four broken ribs in middle back 7 weeks ago. Pain is gone but now have persistent dry cough and shortness of breath. Is this possibly hemothorax?

Four broken ribs in middle back 7 weeks ago. Pain is gone but now have persistent dry cough and shortness of breath. Is this possibly hemothorax?

Pneumothorax: Your symptoms are unlikely to be a hemathorax (blood in chest cavity) or pneumothorax (air in the chest cavity) though not impossible. With a residual pneumothorax, the symptoms you describe can occur. You should get a chest X-Ray and see your physician to be sure you do not have some partial lung collapse from not deep breathing for a prolonged period of time.




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For 2 days I have a cough and shortness of breath. Doctor said my oxygen levels are normal but he put me on adibiotics. Could I have something serious?

For 2 days I have a cough and shortness of breath. Doctor said my oxygen levels are normal but he put me on adibiotics. Could I have something serious?

Unlikely: Your description suggests a "chest cold" - acute bronchitis. It's possible that you have an element of bronchospasm - asthma. Sounds like your doctor is "on the case" - stay with him/her. Warm wishes to you. ...Read more

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