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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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White bad smell small things come from my mouth. I have gastric too. And cough since 2 months?

White bad smell small things come from my mouth. I have gastric too. And cough since 2 months?

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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My child was coughing in a salon shop, small cough every 2 minutes. What could this be?

My child was coughing in a salon shop, small cough every 2 minutes. What could this be?

Common cold, asthma: Children will often cough for 1-3 weeks with common viral infections (colds). Asthma is also a very common cause of a persistent cough in children. ...Read more

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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

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If a 2wk old baby has a small light cough what's wrong?

If a 2wk old baby has a small light cough what's wrong?

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

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I have a small dry cough that won't go away. What should I do?

I have a small dry cough that won't go away. What should I do?

Try this: A good remedy for coughing is honey (buckwheat is good choice) with lemon juice added to Chamomile tea or ginger tea. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What would cause a small child to cough blood?

What would cause a small child to cough blood?

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

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Hi, I have small bumps on the hard pallet an I usually cough a lot at night. What should I do?

Hi, I have small bumps on the hard pallet an I usually cough a lot at night. What should I do?

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

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I inhaled a small piece of turkey and can't cough it up. This isn't something that will really hurt me is it?

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

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With in cold and cough going small particle of blood. What should I do for this disease. ..I am very in tension to it.?

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

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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?

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

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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? ?

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? ?

Mgt: There is a chance of pneumonia, but based on your symptoms and temperature, it is not that likely.
If your cough worsens, is associated with difficulty breathing, or fever, please follow up with your PCP.
In the meantime, rest, drink fluids and monitor your temperature. ...Read more

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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

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

Cartilage/ligament: It's usually the border of the cartilage and bone. They run together and can cause a popping sensation. It can happen also between the rib spaces if fluid gets trapped in the ligaments between the ribs. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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?

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?

Why Coughing: This may be due to failure of your cilia to move bacteria out. Try stimulating cilia: Green tea with lemon, humming, drink extra water. Pulsed nasal irrigation is designed to stimulate nasal cilia - see www. Grossaninstittute. Com ...Read more

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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?

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?

See a pediatrician: You need to see a pediatrician what looks like hemorrhoid could be somethings else like prolapse rectum or any variety of thing that could happen to an infant. Please see your pediatrician ...Read more

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I have 8 small thyroid nodules and have had a chronic cough 4-5 months. Should I be concerned?

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

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Hoarse voice, small cough little bit of mucus, what to do?

Hoarse voice, small cough little bit of mucus, what to do?

Hoarse: If greater than three weeks, have ENT take a look at your vocal cords. Otherwise voice rest, no smoking, no alcohol, drink a lot of clear fluids, no throat clearing ...Read more

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I have an enlarged bladder and don't leak. But if even small and I cough, I do leak. Why?

I have an enlarged bladder and don't leak. But if even small and I cough, I do leak. Why?

Increased pressure: When you cough you increase your abdominal pressure which presses on your bladder forcing out urine. The treatment may be getting the appropriate treatment for your cough. I often hear this complaint in women with cough variant asthma. ...Read more

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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.

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