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Cough Up Small White Things
Once had severe bronchitis. Coughed up small, white solid things. Now have lung damage. Was that a sign? If not, what was I coughing up?
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
Every so often I get and cough up small to large soft white things from my throat, I thought it might be stones but they aren't hard, what are they?
MUCUS PLUGS: Most likely mucus plugs with or without food particles. ...Read more
Halitosis: Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, smoking, cavities, acid reflux, and your diet. Address all of these possibilities with your dentist and physician, and I'm confident that your problem will at least be minimized, and hopefully eradicated. ...Read more
Get help: Save some of the white "bad smell" things. Go see your GP about your triad of symptoms. ...Read more
My 2.5 month old baby boy has a bit of a cold. What are some things I can do to make things better? He is starting to get stuffed nose/small cough
Illness in infant: Nasal congestion and coughing in an infant is usually associated with an upper respiratory infection. Although most are viral and cannot be cured, bacterial forms in this age group can be very dangerous. Nasal saline drops to the nose can help with congestion (too young for any medication) while you are preparing for your doctor visit. ...Read more
I have a blocked nose and a cough and slightly stiff muscles, I feel well enough to do basic things like watch tv and eat but not much else. However I have now found that I have a small red dot on my arm and am scared of meningitis.
You flunked the quiz: Sounds like you haven't bothered to find out what the symptoms of meningitis are. I fail to see what the red dot has to do with it. Do you have a fever, headache or stiff neck? If not, you don't have meningitis. I hope you were better at doing your homework in school than this. In any case, you can relax. You don't have Ebola or anything; at least not so far. ...Read more
When I exhale I feel a small urge to cough or like air is still being released from one side what is this?
Asthma: It sounds like you have an obstruction in the bronchial tubes which is impeding air form leaving your lungs. This can be part of an asthma problem. I would also be worried that you may have a foreign body depending on lthe history. If it continues you need to be examined by a doctor. ...Read more
Irritants: At 2 weeks the primary cause of cough is the environment. House dust, fragrance, perfumes, detergent or cleaning products all leave scents that may not bother you but irritate a babies nose. A good nasal clean out with saline can remove much of this irritant load, but removing the offending irritants from babies life helps more in the long run. Air particle filters can also help. ...Read more
My tnroat feels really thight and in pain sometimes especially when I wake up I do have a small cough it left but the pain returned back?
Seasonal flu: Is very common viral infection with symptoms you have described. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve) are also recommended every 6 hours. Try to quit the tobacco use, good opportunity. If concerned, see your PCP after 6-7 days or so. ...Read more
Is it ok to have alcohol (small amt. 3-4 peg) while having cough (sometime bad)? As I am going my hometown after a year. Please advise. Thanks
Bronchitis or Nose: Bronchitis is usually the most common cause of coughing up blood (hemoptysis). However, they may also have a small bleed at the back of their nose, which is dripping down their throat and subsequently being coughed up. The most common cause of nose bleeds in children is what we call "digital trauma, " a.K.A. Nose picking. ...Read more
May be unrelated: How long have you had the bumps? Are these painful? Is there a discharge? If these bumps are older than a couple of months and have no pain or discharge, then these may not be the cause of cough. If the cough has been there for more than two weeks, especially if you have fever at night, please see your doctor to exclude an infection. ...Read more
I inhaled a small piece of turkey and can't cough it up. This isn't something that will really hurt me is it?
Turkey: Meat is a protein and will probably not hurt you unless its large enough to block a section of your lung and iut then becomes a "foreign body" which can produce a reaction! Speak with your Primary Care provider who may want some tests (xrays) or may want to refer you for further evaluation/ hope this helps! ...Read more
With in cold and cough going small particle of blood. What should I do for this disease. ..I am very in tension to it.?
See your doctor: Coughing up blood is not a normal symptom with the common cold. If it is just a small amount, it could just be from the nasal passages or irritation from coughing; however, this should not be taken lightly if it persists or the amount of blood increases. This could be a sign of a more serious condition or infection. ...Read more
I've been sick for almost a month now, have an occasional cough, stuff comes up, I also have small blood like dots. Any idea on what I may have?
Possibilities...: This could be due to bronchitis. Since the symptoms have been present for a month, the etiology of your symptoms could be allergic bronchospasm. Coughing blood is called hemoptysis and this is a serious symptom that always needs to be evaluated as malignancy can cause this symptom, especially if you are a smoker. See your doctor asap. If you develop shortness of breath, go to the er for evaluation. ...Read more
3 years ago I had small pneumonia. Haven't been sick since. Now 3 days ago. Cough starts. Yesterday stuff head. Tempis 100.am I at risk of pneumonia? ?
I am addicted to cough syrup named rexcof from past 3 year taking 3 big bottles in a day and now I decreased it to 3 small bottles and I want to quit.
Would would cause a "popping" feeling under the rib when I cough? It feels like something small "pops" under my right rib when I cough
Is it normal to have a cough after using advair? Also coughing up a small amount of mucus. Only used twice and stopped use per dr request.
Cough: Some people have irritation in their throat from their inhaler and can cough immediately following its use. If you are using the advair diskus, (salmeterol and fluticasone) it is a more common problem as it is a powder inhaler. I think you need to have your doctor review your treatment but you should be fine on the long run with it, and rinse your mouth after you use it to avoid oral thrush. ...Read more
My son has had a severe cough for 4 days. He has one small red dot on his collarbone that doesn't blanche. Is that petchiae, should I worry?
Cough: Yes he could have a petechia on his collarbone resulting from straining when he coughs. Noneed to worry at the moment. ...Read more
When I wake up in the morning I cough up phlegm, but every so often there will be small bright green balls in it. Is there something wrong with me?
My 1 year old baby has a hemorrhoid. She had it small a few months ago but now, when she had cough, it got worse. Anything I can do to ease the pain?
Hi! Sometimes I cough out small yellowish/white (what feels like mucus) piece of food? What is it? Tastes unpleasant. How & why does it happen? Thnx!
Debris: You may have coughed up debris coming from the crypts or crevices of your tonsils. See your doctor for help. ...Read more
Thyroid nodules: 35 F notes I have 8 small thyroid nodules and cough 5 months. Asks: Should I be concerned? ANS: I would think the two are not likely related. Depending on what you call small. If ones you can feel then may be related. So ask your Dr to investigate the cause of your cough. A common cause is what is called an ACE cough if you are taking an ACE inhibitor. ...Read more
Granddaughter is congested and has a cough. She is 4 months old. What can I give her I put a small amount of Vicks on her chest yesterday.
PLEASE STOP VICKS: A four month old has a tiny nose that reacts to any dust/fragrance/smoke/irritants with internal swelling and congestion. Please avoid Vicks. I NEVER recommend it before school age. Saline nasal wash can remove irritants and help, but removing sources of airway irritants is best for long term benefit. ...Read more
I spotted 3 small barely visible petchiae on my toddlers chest near his nipple. He has had a cough for a couple of weeks. Could it be from that?
Coughing: Yes, by coughing he cn develop a petchial rash. ...Read more
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