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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Coughing Attacks (Overview)

Coughing in severe attacks is a symptom meaning a person is coughing so strongly or frequently that he does not have enough time in between coughs to take a normal breath. Pertussis (whooping cough) can cause this type of coughing. RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) can cause this type of coughing in babies and toddlers.


Dr. Gary Sandler
44 doctors shared insights

Coughing Attacks (Overview)

Coughing in severe attacks is a symptom meaning a person is coughing so strongly or frequently that he does not have enough time in between coughs to take a normal breath. Pertussis (whooping cough) can cause this type of coughing. RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) can cause this type of coughing in babies and toddlers.


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I have had my dry cough for 1 week since my stuffy nose cold was over. It won't go away and I have tried everything. I have coughing attacks too.Help?

I have had my dry cough for 1 week since my stuffy nose cold was over. It won't go away and I have tried everything. I have coughing  attacks too.Help?

Post nasal drip: This cough could be from post nasal drip. If saline nasal spray and decongestants are not helping, it needs to be evaluated, you may have a sinus infection or reactive airways such as asthma. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
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If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
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If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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How do I get rid of a cough?

How do I get rid of a cough?

Cough: One needs to first identify the cause of the cough before it can be treated. Common causes are certain post nasal drainage, post viral cough, medications such as ace inhibitors, and extraesophageal or laryngopharyngeal reflux. Other more obscure causes can also treatable - eg ear wax impaction. Rarely, a cause cannot be identified. See a medical provider if your cough persists. ...Read more

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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Control the cough with medications and keep hydrated
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Finish all antibiotics, even if the patient is improving or better
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Assure all immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns when sick
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I have had my dry cough for 1 week since my stuffy nose cold was over. It won't go away and I have tried everything. I have coughing attacks too.Help?

Post nasal drip: This cough could be from post nasal drip. If saline nasal spray and decongestants are not helping, it needs to be evaluated, you may have a sinus infection or reactive airways such as asthma. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it alright to take an OTC cough syrup while taking an antibiotic? I went into see a doctor today and was diagnosed with bronchitis. I took my first dose of amoxicillin at 4pm cdt. I am having one of those hacking coughing attacks almost to the point of

Is it alright to take an OTC cough syrup while taking an antibiotic? I went into see a doctor today and was diagnosed with bronchitis. I took my first dose of amoxicillin at 4pm cdt. I am having one of those hacking coughing attacks almost to the point of

Yes: Amoxicillin should be compatible with otc cough meds. May take a few days to see improvement. Honey has been shown to be equally effective as dextromethorphin in suppressing cough. Make sure that otc is not just Guaifenesin which only thins mucous. Could do dextromethorphin and honey together. Could go to Codeine syrup if cough dry. Don't stop cough completely if mucous coming to clear lung. ...Read more

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Dry unstoppable coughing attacks, sob, tightness in chest, constant burning throat and chest painful to cough, headache?

Dry unstoppable coughing attacks, sob, tightness in chest, constant burning throat and chest painful to cough, headache?

Cough: A cough can be one of the most perplexing and elusive of symptoms to pin down. From what you have said an allergy, bronchitis, sinusitis, medication effect, chemical exposure, asthma, reflux, among others may be possible. You will need to see a doctor with some skill in the area of cough and be willing to possibly devote some time to getting to the bottom of it. ...Read more

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Why am I getting really bad coughing attacks?

Why am I getting really bad coughing attacks?

Possibilities...: If you are coughing discolored sputum and you have not been coughing long, it could be acute bronchitis. If you have been coughing for 3 weeks or longer and your cough tends to be non-productive, the possibilities include bronchospasm of any etiology, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these factors. See your doctor so you can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Why do I get random violent coughing attacks?

Why do I get random violent coughing attacks?

Hard to say: Cough attacks may come from a variety of sources and maladies: asthma, infection ( pneumonia, bronchitis, abcess) post nasal drip, allergy, gastroesophageal reflux. Couldn't be sure about your specific case without more history and a listen. ...Read more

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Why have I had severe coughing attacks for just over a week?

Why have I had severe coughing attacks for just over a week?

Severe cough: This could be serious. Call your doctor for a check up as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How can I stop horrible coughing attacks from a cold, need advice asap?

How can I stop horrible coughing attacks from a cold, need advice asap?

Bronchitis: usually means you have bronchitis. although otc drugs like Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm help, you should see your doctor to listen to your lungs ...Read more

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What causes a tickle in my throat and coughing attacks?

What causes a tickle in my throat and coughing attacks?

Tickle in throat: It can be one of many things: laryngopharyngeal reflux (stomach acid coming up to the voice box), post nasal drainage, dryness, a weakness of the superior laryngeal nerve (the nerve that gives sensation to the voice box; usually viral), or even wax in the ear canal (there is a tiny nerve, arnold's nerve, that gets irritated and triggers a cough via a tickle in the throat). See an otolaryngoloist ...Read more

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Why am I having constant coughing attacks with phlegm and chest pain?

Why am I having constant coughing attacks with phlegm and chest pain?

Lung infection: The symptoms you describe suggest a combination of infection with airway irritation. Productive cough with discolored phlegm especially when associated with fever is suggestive of lung infection requiring prompt treatment with appropriate antibiotic therapy. The cough can be due to airway inflammation treated with stepwise asthma treatment. A chest xray and medical evaluation/prompt treatment. ...Read more

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I am having coughing attacks that are dry and l loose my breath. Almost feels likeim going to throw up..Why?

Possibilities...: Possible etiologies include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd or even sinus problems like post-nasal drip. Shortness of breath is a serious symptom that can even be life-threatening. So, you need to see your doctor or even go to an er, especially if your symptoms are worsening. Each of these diagnoses has a different treatment so you need to be diagnosed asap. ...Read more

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I frequently get coughing attacks and when i try to take a deep breath i get a sharp pain in my right shoulder.What could it be?

I frequently get coughing attacks and when i try to take a deep breath i get a sharp pain in my right shoulder.What could it be?

Asthma: Get checked for asthma with a spirometry test. & chest xray pain in shoulder may be referred from the diaphragm from pleurisy. Have your doctor check it out. ...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