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Dr. Al Hegab
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.


Dr. Al Hegab
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
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Daily
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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
3,456 doctors shared insights

Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more