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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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My right side has been hurting when I cough or sleep on it. If I walk to much it starts to hurt. A couple of doctors say it might be appendicitis??

My right side has been hurting when I cough or sleep on it. If I walk to much it starts to hurt. A couple of doctors say it might be appendicitis??

Maybe but: what you describe is not typical. Since you have seen a couple of doctors, it is clearly not the acute type. You should have a full workup. Other things to consider are bowel disease and ovarian disease. ...Read more

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Can u help? The right side of my body, below my armpit, between my 3rd and 4th rib was in a lot of pain. Now it hurts when I cough or sleep on my side

Can u help? The right side of my body, below my armpit, between my 3rd and 4th rib was in a lot of pain. Now it hurts when I cough or sleep on my side

Costochondritis..?: Sometime pain in between the ribs may be result of inflammation of tendon , muscles in between ribs. If you right handed - some activity - repetitive motion could trigger it ( as cleaning, workout,.) . Whenever chest & ribs expands as deep breath, cough, sneeze - it hurts because of inflamed area is irritated. Try ice Ibuprofen 600-800 mg every 8 hours with food. Stretch. See doc if no better . ...Read more

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When i cough so hard it hurt bad under my left breast allthe way in my back the same thing when i m in bed. Sometimes i can't sleep because my back?

Back Pain: Ask your doctor... A back problem or a chest or lung problem could be the cause of your pain. Your physician will assist you in finding answers and solutions. ...Read more

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These days, i have extreme fatigue and I sleep alot more than 10 hours feel a little chest pain in my right side. no fever or cough?

These days, i have extreme fatigue and I sleep alot more than 10 hours feel a little chest pain in my right side. no fever or cough?

Worth a check : with your doctor, could be just simple anxiety or overstressed, your doctor would go over your history , physicL exam and probably some blood tests, meanwhile try to ear healthy, walk/execise, and have some fresh air, wish you wellness ...Read more

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I gave my 8 year old his 3 year old brother's albuterol nebulizer for bad cough and it helped, will he have bad side effect? He is sleeping so good

I gave my 8 year old his 3 year old brother's albuterol nebulizer for bad cough and it helped,  will he have bad side effect? He is sleeping so good

He'll be fine.: Rule #1: never give another child a patient's medications. Rule #2: if you do, let your pediatrician know. Rule #3: don't give the lungs medicine without listening to them first. Ok, now to answer your question, due to his bigger body weight/size, he can handle the little guy's dosing. You could have hit the nail on the head, and surmised correctly that he may have cough-variant asthma. Follow-up. ...Read more

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I cough a lot and can't sleep what can it be?

I cough a lot and can't sleep what can it be?

Chronic cough: Many causes of peristent cough, including chronic bronchitis, asthma, brochial tumors, allergies, post nasal drip, reflux and more. Best to get evaluated for what is causing it for you. ...Read more

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Nyquil cough...How long will it put you to sleep?

Nyquil cough...How long will it put you to sleep?

Up to 6 hours averag: It causes up to 6 hours of sleep on average, but beware that some people are more sensitive to the sedating properties andalusia sleep longer. Dinky drive or operate machinery unless you are wide awake. ...Read more

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What is best to take for a productive cough while at work vs when I have to sleep?

What is best to take for a productive cough while at work vs when I have to sleep?

Cough issues:: First: stop smoking if you do smoke. Daytime cough (non-bacterial): i like cough drops, but medication you can take that wont make you drowsy: tessalon perles, zonatuss pills, Robitussin dm. Nighttime cough (non bacterial, non-asthma related): i like tussionex or Phenergan (promethazine) with codiene. See your doc. He will give you the right combo. You may need antibiotics. You may need a culture. ...Read more

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I have a productive cough, and i can't sleep. I was wondering of there is any home remedies to cure fast.?

I have a productive cough, and i can't sleep. I was wondering of there is any home remedies to cure fast.?

Productive cough: The value of productive coughing is the clearing of unwanted materials from the respiratory tract. Curing it beneficially would be by alleviating the primary cause. If this is viral, it should clear up by itself. If you smoke, stop. You can suppress cough with a variety of compounds containing dextromethorphan, but this will also inhibit clearing of materials that may be beneficial. ...Read more

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My baby is 6 months she has a heavy cough right now.. Is it better for her to sleep on her back or stomache ?

My baby is 6 months she has a heavy cough right now.. Is it better for her to sleep on her back or stomache ?

On her side. : I would not recommend you put her on her belly and you may be to worried to put her on her back so a comfortable and safe position for her might be on her side. You can also raise the head of the crib slightly. Is she vaccinated? Has she seen her pcp lately? Would not want to miss an rsv, croup or whooping cough. Good luck. Hope she gets better soon. /jp. ...Read more

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My son is 4 years old. He is coughing during the day but during the night when he is sleeping he doesn't cough?

If new onset cough,: it is most likely related to a mild URI and should run its course in a few weeks. No need for treatment. If cough is chronic or related to exercise, it may be a variant of asthma or even a tic cough and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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I get lots of cough in morning n at night.its very severe at night. I m not able to sleep also.my age is 38 yrs.

I get lots of cough in morning n at night.its very severe at night. I m not able to sleep also.my age is 38 yrs.

Reflux esophagitis: is one possibility, try otc omeprazole if you are not pregnant. 20 mg in am 30 min before food. asthma is also a possibility ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more