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Cough That Sounds Like Gagging
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?
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
I have a serious cough that sounds like a seal bark, it is productive and is associated with asthma. Should I be concerned everyone in my house has it?
U need treatment: See u pcp for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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?
I have a cough that sounds like a seal. My nose is runny my throat is sore my chest is congested and I'm not eating very much. What should I do?
I want to know what to do for my toddler my 2 yr old daughter had a fever and runny nose a few days ago that went away after one day/night. Now she has a chest cough that sounds like it has mucous in it. A small fever that acetaminophen has helped and sne
VIRAL: Possible viral illness. Treat the symptoms.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Hi there, my partner has been sufferring with a terrible cough the past 10 days. It sounds like bronchitis. Any recommendations on medication for him?
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
Wen I cough I make dis rough sound and it last for a vry long tym. It so embarasing I tried using cough syrups bt they don't work. Wat shuld. I do?
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
?: 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
Evaluation: You should see your doctor to be evaluated to find the cause so be treated. ...Read more
I am 25 years old. I do not smoke. I have had a barking cough (sounds similar to a seal) for about two weeks now.?
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.
Dry cough off and on for a while now usually at night and in the morning and have an occasional barking sound. What's wrong?
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?
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?
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
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
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