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Cough That Makes You Gag
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
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
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
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?
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
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 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
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.
Bad gastric reflux. Wake up coughing and coughing and gagging. At work I cough and gag, what to do?
My baby is 7 months old she has a cough that at times she gags. I know cough medicine is not recomended when should I see a dr? Or what can I do 4 her
I've had a dry cough for 2 weeks gagging everytime. Worse at night and morning. Should I see a doctor?
Son has had a constant cough 3+ wks (no ins), but now coughing til gags. No fever or any symptoms but coughing/congestion.
Treated for bronchitis 2-3 weeks ago, but now cough is worse than ever. Painful and gagging and nauseous and chest pain. Go back?
Yes: See doctor asap or if worse go to er. ...Read more
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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...
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
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
Has anyone had any experience with advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone)? Does the powder make you gag or cough?
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.?
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