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I'm worried because my 8 month old boy has a horrible cough that sounds like he's choking, can anyone help me, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my 8 month old boy has a horrible cough that sounds like he's choking, can anyone help me, what do you suggest?

Cough: The list of causes of cough in an 8 month old is very long. The only way to make the proper diagnosis is to see your pediatrician. A thorough history and physical exam should lead to an answer. Then the proper treatment plan can be implemented. ...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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My little boy got a cough that sounds like a seal and a fever of 102.9 should I be concerned.?

My little boy got a cough that sounds like a seal and a fever of 102.9 should I be concerned.?

See the doctor: It sounds like your son has croup, a condition that is usually triggered by a virus which causes swelling around the vocal cords, and a harsh, barking cough that sounds like a seal. Combined with a high fever, croup can be a serious illness. You should take your child to his doctor’s office, or an urgent care center or emergency room for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My daughter has been having a fever going on 3 days now but she only has it at night and has really bad congestion and cough that sounds like a bark?

My daughter has been having a fever going on 3 days now but she only has it at night and has really bad congestion and cough that sounds like a bark?

Croup: A barky cough in a child can be croup. A viral illness of the upper airways which causes soft tissue swelling. The child can have sore throat, fever and a cough. I do not know how old your daughter is but a fever and a cough may be a good reason to have her see a healthcare worker to make sure it is a viral illness and does not need any other treatment. ...Read more

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I had a cold for1.5ish weeks it went away for3days now back with a bad cough that sounds like barking and I've had a swollen lymph node for a long time?

I had a cold for1.5ish weeks it went away for3days now back with a bad cough that sounds like barking and I've had a swollen lymph node for a long time?

Watch closely: In many cases, a person getting over a viral respiratory infection, develop a secondary bacterial pneumonia. This occurs when the respiratory lining, damaged by the initial viral onslaught, is now vulnerable to bacterial attack. Your situation is not uncommon. Given this type of pneumonia, if your symptoms worsen, see your doctor you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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1year old has a dry bark like cough that sounds like a seal. Runny nose and irritable?

1year old has a dry bark like cough that sounds like a seal. Runny nose and irritable?

Mgt: From your description, croup caused by a viral infection is possible. An online inbox consult is available.
Please see your PCP and cool air mist can be used to relieve symptoms. Nasal saline drops and gentle suction will help to reduce post nasal drip. ...Read more

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2 year old with stuffy nose, and cough that sounds like a bark? No fever, no wheezing, worse at night. How do I make him feel better?

2 year old with stuffy nose, and cough that sounds like a bark? No fever, no wheezing, worse at night. How do I make him feel better?

See Doc re: Croup: When a child has a cough that has a "barking" quality, a doc should check them for an illness called Croup. A pediatrician should see your little guy today. Croup can have serious complications at times even requiring hospitalization. Since your child is young, he probably can't tell you how sick he really is. He should be assessed today and monitored closely. Rx treatment will help him get better ...Read more

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7mo old w gasping cough that sounds like its burning her throat. She can only sleep upright on my chest. I've tried all docs suggestions. Thoughts?

7mo old w gasping cough that sounds like its burning her throat. She can only sleep upright on my chest. I've tried all docs suggestions. Thoughts?

More Info: More information is needed, but r=this is susoicious for an asthmatic cough or tracheomalacia. Check with your doctor to see if these have been addressed. ...Read more

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I have had a horrible cough since before Christmas it sound like a barking seal can you help me?

I have had a horrible cough since before Christmas it sound like a barking seal can you help me?

Possible Pertussis: Although a viral bronchitis can cause a prolonged cough, the barking nature of your cough suggests the possibility of Pertussis (Whooping cough). California has had a severe epidemic of Pertussis and Stockton, CA has had above average pertussis compared to the rest of CA. Ask your physician to test for Pertussis. He/she will likely have you take a 5 day course of azithromycin (Z Pak) even if test (-) ...Read more

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Had a cough for the weeks getting progressively worse. Sounds like a seal what should I do about it?

Had a cough for the weeks getting progressively worse. Sounds like a seal what should I do about it?

Croup: If your croupy cough hasbeen on-going for more than 10 days see an ENT specialist to have him look at your upper airway including laryx and trachea. ...Read more

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I've had cough sounds like if I'm sneezing, advise?

I've had cough sounds like if I'm sneezing, advise?

Cough: Hard to tell from your description. If you have a persistent cough, its best to have it checked out with your doctor ...Read more

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My son sounds like he has the croop cough. What can I do? Age 4

My son sounds like he has the croop cough. What can I do? Age 4

Humidifier/fluids: If your son has difficulty breathing, he should be seen by a physician. If he is breathing comfortably, moist warm air helps to relieve the croupy cough (a barking sound). Check his temperature and please let your doctor know about his condition. ...Read more

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What causes the crackly cough sounds from a cold?

What causes the crackly cough sounds from a cold?

Fluid: The crackly sound is caused by fluid which is in the airway and the air moving thru the fluid as you breath and cough. When the air sacs or alveoli are involved occurs with pneumonia and the doctor will hear crackles when the chest is listened to with a stethoscope. ...Read more

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My husband suffering from crash cough from cold, and hid vocal sound was affected by cold, so what can I do for him? His age is 33.

My husband suffering from crash cough from cold, and hid vocal sound was affected by cold, so what can I do for him? His age is 33.

Laryngitis: Treatment for viral laryngitis is supportive and staying well hydrated, breathing humidified air, taking Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for pain control and being patient is necessary to allow time for the vocal cords to rest and recover. There are some who might prescribe a short course of steroids, but this is seldom necessary. Hope he is better soon. ...Read more

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What does a cardiac cough sound like?

Cough: Cough can be a symptom of cardiac disease, particularly heart failure. Sometimes people can wheeze as well. However, there is no such entity as a "cardiac cough" that has any specific characteristics that differentiate it from other types of cough. The whole clinical picture has to be considered. ...Read more

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Toodler cough sounds like she's sneezing. Is this bad? Help!?

Toodler cough sounds like she's sneezing. Is this bad? Help!?

?: Is she sneezing or coughing? I can only guess that she may have what is called upper airway cough syndrome when the cough is caused partly by the post-nasal drips from hay fever (which causes her to sneeze). If this bothers her enough, it is bad. More importantly, chronic nasal obstruction can lead to dental malocclusion and even ear infections. See doctor if present >2 wks or getting worse. ...Read more

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What does a whooping cough actually sound like?

What does a whooping cough actually sound like?

"Paroxysmal":: Very rapid cough-cough-cough-cough-cough [many many times without taking a breath] - then, running out of air, a huge gasping intake of breath that sounds like a "whoop" (hence the name). Then, almost instantly, starting over. ...Read more

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I have a fluid sound in the right side of my neck when I rub it accompanied by pain when I cough. Any help is appreciated.

I have a fluid sound in the right side of my neck when I rub it accompanied by pain when I cough. Any help is appreciated.

Bronchitis: It seems like you have Productive cough. May be you need Antibiotic Treatment,
Please get examined.
OR call for Virtual Consult on Heath Tap so we can see you and ask specific questions and find out more about your complaint to help you better. ...Read more

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My baby is 8 months and has had a cough and congestested chest for 2 weeks. Her cough does not sound better. Should I see a dr?

My baby is 8 months and has had a cough and congestested chest for 2 weeks. Her cough does not sound better. Should I see a dr?

Yes: Yes you should. There are many reasons why your child can be coughing. She needs to be evaluated to make sure she does not have asthma. ...Read more

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For about the last week I've been getting through bronchitis. In the last day I've started making a weird honking sound when I cough. What is this?

For about the last week I've been getting through bronchitis. In the last day I've started making a weird honking sound when I cough. What is this?

Cough: In cough the duration, severity and associated symptoms matter to determine the severity. It appears that your symptoms are getting worse. It possible that you are developing pertussis. Get medical attention. ...Read more

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What to do if I have mild cough but my voice sounds like a smokers?

See you doctor: For an evaluation of your mouth and throat. Some internists and family physicians are familiar with the techniques to look directly or indirectly into the larynx and visualize it and the vocal cords. However, most would probably refer you to an ENT specialist who has the training and equipment to do this. Are you a smoker? If so, stop. In either case, someone needs to take a look at the anatomy. ...Read more

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My son sounds like he has the croop cough. No other symptoms yet. He grew out of his asthma 1 yr ago. What should I do?

My son sounds like he has the croop cough. No other symptoms yet. He grew out of his asthma 1 yr ago. What should I do?

Monitor carefully: The barky croup cough is typical of a virus with inflammation just below the vocal cords. However, the same virus associated with croup may also trigger asthma. Even though some children "outgrow" asthma, it is always possible that an infection can make it recur. Asthma is more like a volcano that can go dormant for a period of time; but under the right conditions, erupt again! ...Read more

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I have cough and sometimes the phlegm is transparent, foamy and if u pinch it sounds like popping. What kind of disease I have? Thank you

I have cough and sometimes the phlegm is transparent, foamy and if u pinch it sounds like popping. What kind of disease I have? Thank you

Frothy phlegm: I would be concerned about tuberculosis given your location although just about any lung and some heart disease can cause this. You should probably have someone listen to your lungs and consider a CXR. ...Read more

Dr. Seth Rosen
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