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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?

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

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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I have a headache on one side of my head its is minor pain until I cough then the pain is sharp, but im not sick?

I have a headache on one side of my head its is minor pain until I cough then the pain is sharp, but im not sick?

Sinus infection?: Sinuses can cause a mild head pain that is sharpened w/ the extreme air pressure change from a jolt like a cough. Try OTC sinus relief or see a GP or ENT f it's severe or chronic. Best! ...Read more

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Is one of the side effects of Atenolol a cough? I have had a off and on cough for awhile now. It doesn't bother me, it's just very annoying. Thanks.

Is one of the side effects of Atenolol a cough? I have had a off and on cough for awhile now. It doesn't bother me, it's just very annoying. Thanks.

Not usually: Atenolol belongs to a class of medications call beta blockers. Medications in this class can cause bronchospasm which may be manifested as cough, particularly in patients with asthma. You mention also that you have dizziness which may be related to the medication. See your physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Chesty cough for 3 weeks and now started to heave and got swollen tonsils on one side. Help?

Chesty cough for 3 weeks and now started to heave and got swollen tonsils on one side. Help?

Tonsil: Sounds like a bacterial infection, perhaps started in the sinus. You need meds. ...Read more

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1year old has a temperature and a wheezy cough. He also has a dry rash one side of his face?

1year old has a temperature and a wheezy cough. He also has a dry rash one side of his face?

Mgt: I would recommend that he be seen. Do you have Albuterol already prescribed? Did he start this illness with cold symptoms?

A follow up appointment may be booked online as an inbox consult. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use steriod tablets for 1 to 2 weeks on periodic basis if one has severe cough variant asthma? Or will it still cause many side effects?

Is it safe to use steriod tablets for 1 to 2 weeks on periodic basis if one has severe cough variant asthma? Or will it still cause many side effects?

Steroid use for resp: Steroid use in respiratory problems is routine medical therapy. I should be regulated by your medical provider, so hopefully it won't become chronic usage, which definately has many side effects.
Beta2 agonists ie albuterol are still the basic meds for asthma type problems.
Steroid are a secondary adjunct and do carry complications if used too frequently. ...Read more

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Tongue higher on one side, and deviates a bit as well. Normal? I can chew, speak and move tongue normally. I do cough after eating meals though

Tongue higher on one side, and deviates a bit as well. Normal? I can chew, speak and move tongue normally. I do cough after eating meals though

Tongue deviation,: New or chronic (your whole life)? if new of more concern. Could be GERD (try Zantac), allergic reaction, peritonsillar abscess, or autoimmune process in nerve /brain (sarcoid, lupus, Behcets) or infection lyme, possible EBV. The cough seems like mild aspiration which can lead to pneumonia. Would get it check out at urgent care/ doc or ER. ...Read more

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When I cough the left side of my stomach hurts, it's just one spot and I'm not sure if it's my kidney. It's towards the front rather than the sides.

When I cough the left side of my stomach hurts, it's just one spot and I'm not sure if it's my kidney. It's towards the front rather than the sides.

Does not sound: Like a kidney problem, if you have noticed any other symptoms such as change in color of urine. Rather it sounds more like muscle pain. Try otc analgesics such as ibuprofen or naproxen, and see a doctor if pain persists. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of a flu shot on one arm, a tetanos and a wooping cough combined in the other arm?

What are the side effects of a flu shot on one arm, a tetanos and a wooping cough combined in the other arm?

Local: The most common side effects are local soreness and tenderness. Rarely you might feel flu like symptoms such as achiness, low grade fever and malaise. They do not last long. ...Read more

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Could damaged neck/shoulder muscles cause a pain in the back of my head (one side) when I cough or sneeze? Really worried? Thank you

Yes, but it: Would depend on extent and exact location of damage. Consult with your doctor if pain persists. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (worsened by: in the evening, at night and pain just down my right collarbone whenever I take deep breaths. I was diagnosized with bronchitis but my question is, it is common to feel pain on the upper side of one lung?

I am experiencing cough (worsened by: in the evening, at night and pain just down my right collarbone whenever I take deep breaths. I was diagnosized with bronchitis but my question is, it is common to feel pain on the upper side of one lung?

Sometimes: The lung itself can't feel pain. But the outer lining of the lung can, and if there is inflammation of the lung that involves the outer edge, then pain will be felt. In addition, pain to the shoulders or collar bone can be referred from the diaphragm, which may be irritated from the coughing or inflammation near the diaphragm. If it persists, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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1year old has a wheezy cough, high temperature and a dry rash on one side of his face. He has had a runny nose too?

1year old has a wheezy cough, high temperature and a dry rash on one side of his face. He has had a runny nose too?

Viral?: Sounds like he has a viral infection. Wheezing at this age per se does not necessarily mean asthma although it may be treated as such if he has problem breathing. ...Read more

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My left side of throat has been bothering. Its not a terrible pain but an annoying one usually when I yawn or cough. I am able to swallow my food.

My left side of throat has been bothering. Its not a terrible pain but an annoying one usually when I yawn or cough. I am able to swallow my food.

Exam: You will need to be checked for a throat infection or abscess as well as any possible adenoidal hyperplasia. See you private physician for an exam. ...Read more

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I get itching in my left side of the throat, and when the itching starts, tears come from the one eye on the same side (left).the cough is dry and it res?

I get itching in my left side of the throat, and when the itching starts, tears come from the one eye on the same side (left).the cough is dry and it res?

Tearing: If your eye shows no sign of irritation or inflammation, the tearing appears to be a reflex reaction to the throat itch. Occasionally there may be associated sneezing or nose running. The latter may be caused by intolerance to things like temperature change or certain food or spice, excess dryness in the environment, early phase of throat infection or head cold, or allergy to certain substances. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat (very painful on one side, dry cough, spasms and intermittent fever). I feel OK but not 100%?

Give it time: Sounds like a painful, but typical upper respiratory tract infection which is self limited. Give it a little time to completely normalize and you should do well. ...Read more

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I have been doing boot camp for 3 weeks I've had a pain in lower tummy on one side like a pulled muscle only when I do sit ups or cough is this ok?

Abdominal muscles--: -that are stiff & sore from workouts can do this in your every day activities you don't notice them but a cough or sneeze causes a sudden hard contraction of these muscles & this you notice because it such a sudden & unexpected strain on them. ...Read more

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Hello, I have one swollen tonsil on the right side, no pain, no white spots, no difficulty swallowing just a bit discomfort in my right ear. Cough & co?

Hello, I have one swollen tonsil on the right side, no pain, no white spots, no difficulty swallowing just a bit discomfort in my right ear. Cough & co?

U Described symptoms: You have described your symptoms. Do you have a question? If you are looking for a diagnosis, then you should use HealthTap Prime or talk to your primary physicians, as there are many conditions which cause swollen tonsils & plugged ears. Strep throat, scarlet fever, tonsillitis, lymphoma, & viral infections are some of the causes. More info & space for communication is needed for good diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is laryngeal sensory neuropathy reversible? Constant cough and burning throat one side. Hurts to talk. Homeopathic treatments?

Is laryngeal sensory neuropathy reversible? Constant cough and burning throat one side. Hurts to talk. Homeopathic treatments?

Riiiiii-co-laaaaaa!!: Where'd you hear about that?? First, and most importantly, it is a diagnosis of exclusion, which means most or all other possible causes of a chronic cough must be investigated. Assuming that, then you need the care of a specialist in this area. They might try certain medications and/or some Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. But you need to have coughed for over, say, six months for the workup to begin ...Read more

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I have a persistent cough with white patches on one side of my hard palate right in front on my tonsils but not on them as well as a sore throat.?

Consistent: ..with viral upper respiratory infection assuming this has been going on for less than a week and you are otherwise well. This may be associated with mild fever that responds to Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Nsaids, sore throat, congestion, intestinal discomfort, fatigue and aches and pains. The white patches represent local immune response. Seek help if no improvement in 7 days. Get adequate rest and hydration. ...Read more

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Head/ear/eye/tooth pain one side. Face feels hot and numb. Lot of dizziness some nausea. Can smell cough syrup, no one else does. Hurts to blow nose??

Head/ear/eye/tooth pain one side. Face feels hot and numb. Lot of dizziness some nausea. Can smell cough syrup, no one else does. Hurts to blow nose??

See your PCP: For consultation, test and your doctor may schedule a follow-up appointment or refer you to a specialist to determine a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a small bump in between my cheekbone and ear on one side of my face, and also have a minor sore throat/ cough. Is this a swollen lymph node?

I have a small bump in between my cheekbone and ear on one side of my face, and also have a minor sore throat/ cough. Is this a swollen lymph node?

Probably: It is very common for lymph nodes to swell during an upper respiratory illness. If it does not resolve in size over a few weeks go to a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a mild sore throat that hurts only when I swallow. It also affects my ear. But both the sore throat and the ear pain are only on one side. I had a cold a couple of weeks ago and I still have a cough from that. What could this be?

Sinus infection?: Cold symptoms for more than about 10-14 days may indicate a sinus infection or ear infection. The pain on one side could also be from an infected lymph node or tonsillar infection. If you have fever, see a doctor today. Otherwise call your doc and have them check you out. ...Read more