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Is post nasal drip the clear thick mucus coughed up and can make you gag and stomach feel sick?

Is post nasal drip the clear thick mucus coughed up and can make you gag and stomach feel sick?

Yes: The material you swallow is irritating to your stomach some medication will help lille saline nasal spray or even prescribed steroids nasal spray. ...Read more

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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Why do I start to gag when I cough?

Why do I start to gag when I cough?

Reflex: Coughing increases your intra abdominal pressure, decreases the pressure in the chest when you breath in. Sometimes this induces reflux acid to come up into the esophagus. You may induce a gag reflex like this or from thick mucus.
That types of spasms can be a part of a particular illness called pertussis that you could get checked for. ...Read more

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What might be wrong if my son wakes up every morning with this gagging cough?

What might be wrong if my son wakes up every morning with this gagging cough?

Virus or allergies: Allergies and asthma are possible, bacterial or viral infections, or even esophageal reflux.
An appointment to see an md is indicated. ...Read more

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I have a cough that makes me gag, should I worry?

I have a cough that makes me gag, should I worry?

Cough with gag: The gag you are having is a reflex from the cough. You should not worry but think of the cough and what is causing it. A virus, exposure to chemicals or dust, infection with fever, asthma and acid reflux. If this is recent it may go away quickly (5-7days). If this is long term and chronic then you should see a physician. ...Read more

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Both of my kids cough until they gag sometimes puke one is 3 the other 1 and its been going on for about a month what could it be?

Both of my kids cough until they gag sometimes puke one is 3 the other 1 and its been going on for about a month what could it be?

Cough: Could be secondary to allergies resulting in cough equivalent asthma, please have them evaluated by their pediatrician, such that they can be given the right treatment, ...Read more

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I have a tickly cough that is making me gag. It woke me up twice last night and medicine doesn't help, is it anything to worry about? Had it 3 days

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I have a tickly cough that is making me gag. It woke me up twice last night and medicine doesn't help, is it anything to worry about? Had it 3 days

See physician: Tickly cough suggests allergic rhinitis and post nasal drip. Acid reflux may be considered. If medicines do not help, see your doc, and further work up may be necessary if this persists. At night time secretions do collect in lungs and throat and secretions going down into lungs may cause bronchospasm. ...Read more

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I have been coughing to the point of gagging, it makes me incontinent and keeps me up at night. It is a dry non productive cough.

I have been coughing to the point of gagging, it makes me incontinent and keeps me up at night. It is a dry non productive cough.

Dry cough: I used to think a cough without fever was no big deal until I cracked a rib from a really hard dry persistent cough.
Yours may be related to asthma, pertussis, a recent illness, allergy, ACE-inhibitors, smoking (if you smoke, stop now), or other causes. Rarely cough is related to a type of heart disease. See your doctor for pulmonary function test and chest X-ray to start. ...Read more

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Is it normal to cough (almost like a gagging cough, but barely) when I'm feeling anxious? It's annoying and hard to prevent or suppress.

Is it normal to cough (almost like a gagging cough, but barely) when I'm feeling anxious? It's annoying and hard to prevent or suppress.

Nervous Cough: Throat clearing is a common nervous tic and throat tightening and difficulty swallowing are often autonomic features of anxiety. Your cough certainly can be associated with anxiety and may improve if you get help with the anxiety or reduce stress. ...Read more

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Sometimes I cough and gag, but I never vomit. Why is this happening?

Sometimes I cough and gag, but I never vomit. Why is this happening?

Gagging.: Sometimes severe coughing can initiate a gag reflex, which can't even result in vomiting at times. The key is to figure out what is causing the cough and get it under control. If it persists, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Bad gastric reflux. Wake up coughing and coughing and gagging. At work I cough and gag, what to do?

Bad gastric reflux. Wake up coughing and coughing and gagging. At work I cough and gag, what to do?

Elevate the bed: Take a proton pump inhibitor in the morning before breakfast, then an h2 blocker at night before bed. But elevate the head and the bed with bricks, books, or get a mattress wedge. Pillows do not work. ...Read more

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I've had a dry cough for 2 weeks gagging everytime. Worse at night and morning. Should I see a doctor?

I've had a dry cough for 2 weeks gagging everytime. Worse at night and morning. Should I see a doctor?

Yes: You should see a doctor. It sounds to me like could be some allergens causing you to cough like that. There are many good medications that can help you out. ...Read more

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Son has had a constant cough 3+ wks (no ins), but now coughing til gags. No fever or any symptoms but coughing/congestion.

Son has had a constant cough 3+ wks (no ins), but now coughing til gags. No fever or any symptoms but coughing/congestion.

Have him seen: And tested for pertussis. Could be a garden variety cold or some mild wheezing or postnasal drip... But the description you provide tells me pertussis needs to be ruled out...Vaccinated or not. ...Read more

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I hate taking any medicines because it makes me gag like crazy. Are there any other ways besides medicine then to get rid of my cough?

I hate taking any medicines because it makes me gag like crazy. Are there any other ways besides medicine then to get rid of my cough?

Coughing: 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, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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Have a cold with a nasty cough that makes him gag, and he hyperventilates before he coughs. What can lessen the coughing? He also had no energy

Have a cold with a nasty cough that makes him gag, and he hyperventilates before he coughs. What can lessen the coughing? He also had no energy

He needs an exam: To determine the cause of the cough and lack of energy. Just a cold would not cause this much discomfort. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've recently been having cold symptoms. My cough usually isn't bad. But I've been coughing hard, so hard I gag. My mucus is also white and grainy.

Cough: Try Delsym over the counter. Drink a lot of fluids and get some rest. You need antibiotics when the secretions turn colored. For pain take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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I gag and can't swallow certain foods I will choke and cough up mucus?

I gag and can't swallow certain foods I will choke and cough up mucus?

Foods: It depends on what you cannot swallow. Hard solid foods, soft foods or liquids. You may have an obstruction in your upper gastrointestinal tract. A thorough evaluation by your doctor will be need and also specify to that doctor exactly the types of foods you cannot swallow. ...Read more

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Every morning I cough up or gag (because the taste is so bad I'm almost vomiting) up mucus; what is it and how can I get it to stop?

Every morning I cough up or gag (because the taste is so bad I'm almost vomiting) up mucus; what is it and how can I get it to stop?

Get checked: If this has been an ongoing problem for more than a couple of weeks, then you likely either have chronic rhinitis or bronchitis. An evaluation can help to pinpoint the problem (anything from allergies, chronic irritation, lung problems, structural sinus problems, etc). Getting it to stop will depend upon the primary problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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I fall asleep and then I wake up because I need to cough a lot and it makes me gag really hard. It's been like this for about 4 days.

A few thoughts: Could be secondary to sinus, postnasal discharge, but also could be due to stomach issue, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). Of course, I cannot exclude a medication side effect (antihypertensives) or pulmonary issue, based on description. Check in with your doctor and get this pinpointed. ...Read more

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Had a cold and cough for 9days and every now and again I will have a coughing fit and be sick we're it makes me gag will antibiotics help?

Had a cold and cough for 9days and every now and again I will have a coughing fit and be sick we're it makes me gag will antibiotics help?

Reactive airways: If you've been sick for this long, it's quite likely that your immune system already destroyed whatever invaders caused you to be sick in the first place (bacteria or viruses). Since you have asthma, however, you may have inflammation in the airways that leads to these coughing spells. Antibiotics are very powerful and should be used carefully. You should get tested for pertussis BTW. Feel better! ...Read more

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I swallowed a pill about 2 hours ago but I think it went down my trachea. I didn't cough or have any gag reflexes after taking the pill, am I ok?

I swallowed a pill about 2 hours ago but I think it went down my trachea. I didn't cough or have any gag reflexes after taking the pill, am I ok?

Probably fine: I can't imagine not having a major coughing and choking spasm if a pill had got into your trachea. I would greatly doubt that this was what had happened. ...Read more

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I have had a hacking cough for 5 weeks. It did not start with a cold or flu. Just started coughing one day. Now when I cough my gag relux sets off.

I have had a hacking cough for 5 weeks. It did not start with a cold or flu. Just started coughing one day. Now when I cough my gag relux sets off.

Get a Chest X ray: It is probably post bronchitis cough which may last a long time but since you didn't have an obvious cold I would go to see your doctor and see what a Chest Xray shows. ...Read more

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My 7 yr old tested pos for strep and was put on antibiotics. We are on day three. He he developed a cough that results in him gagging as he coughs...

My 7 yr old tested pos for strep and was put on antibiotics. We are on day three. He he developed a cough that results in him gagging as he coughs...

Continue antibiotic: He may be producing more mucous now that is causing cough and gagging, probably post nasal drip. Continue your physician recommended treatment and antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can someone relive my mind. I'm a heavy smoker trying to quit have a cough with gagging that doesn't go away and chest pain often. Is it 2 late to fix?

Can someone relive my mind. I'm a heavy smoker trying to quit have a cough with gagging that doesn't go away and chest pain often. Is it 2 late to fix?

Not too late...yet: The train is getting ready to leave the station. Be sure you're on it! You have acute bronchitis. Your breathing passages are doing their best to send you a message. Please listen. Some day, it will be too late. At 20, it isn't now. And it doesn't have to be ever. Don't pay for some tobacco executive's BMW. Save your money, your lungs, and your life. Kick the habit! ...Read more

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Salt water makes me gag and cough like I'm going to vomit?

Me too: Are you wondering why? Not sure I'm clear on the question....you certainly can't drink sea water...way too concentrated. Seawater is about 220x saltier than fresh water. I'd say that had something to do with the gag response, wouldn't you? ...Read more

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My 6 week old has a cough that causes her to gag, not be able to breath and throw up?

My 6 week old has a cough that causes her to gag, not be able to breath and throw up?

Should be checked: Whike this could be reflux a common condition in babies, it could be several other things that are potentially more serious. ...Read more

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Has anyone had any experience with advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)? Does the powder make you gag or cough?

Has anyone had any experience with advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)? Does the powder make you gag or cough?

Advair Discus: I have prescribed Advair Diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) for as long as it has been there including children and it is well tolerated and there is hardly anybody complained of gaging and cough. ...Read more

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Mom has had a cough for a year but in the last 3 months it has turned to a violent gag reflex making breathing very hard 15 seconds or so.?

Mom has had a cough for a year but in the last 3 months it has turned to a violent gag reflex making breathing very hard 15 seconds or so.?

No doctor yet???: Sorry about your mom. She has been coughing for a year and not been evaluated yet? Many thing can cause a chronic cough.Is she a smoker? It makes no sense to list the causes of cough. Please take your mom to doctor for full evaluation. Goosd luck. ...Read more