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Dr. Stephen Scholand
45 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. Liesa Harte Dr. Harte
Family Medicine
25 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Can coughing causes heart attacks ?

Can coughing causes heart attacks ?

Heart attacks: No, a cough cannot cause a heart attack. Why do you ask? ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
45 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. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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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Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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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
Once
Dr. Kevin Olson Dr. Olson
Family Medicine
30 years in practice
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Taraneh Azar Dr. Azar
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
22 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Control the cough with medications and keep hydrated
Once
Finish all antibiotics, even if the patient is improving or better
Once
Assure all immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns when sick
Once
Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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. William Coutts ii Dr. Coutts ii
Family Medicine
22 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Kevin Olson Dr. Olson
Family Medicine
30 years in practice
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Mark Loury Dr. Loury
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Julie Abbott Dr. Abbott
Preventive Medicine
41 years in practice
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Hi, I have a sharp pain on my left chest rib side. Its sore when I cough or sneeze. Its been there for about 1 to 2 weeks now. I stopped smoking a week ago due to coughing attacks and pain. What could it be?

Hi, 
I have a sharp pain on my left chest rib side. Its sore when I cough or sneeze. Its been there for about 1 to 2 weeks now.
I stopped smoking a week ago due to coughing attacks and pain. What could it be?

This type of pain: suggests rib or pleura (the lung and heart lining) problems. My first thought might be a rib fracture..perhaps a fall or injury when you didn't appreciate the severity of the trauma. Or inflammation of pleura from a viral/other infection causing inflammation. You could take ibuprofen in suggested doses for up to a week. If no improvement, see Doc. Take this "silver lining" and stay off cigarettes! ...Read more

Dr. Robert Isaacs Dr. Isaacs
Family Medicine
35 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti Dr. Ferranti
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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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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Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Luis Villaplana Dr. Villaplana
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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Why do I get coughing attacks after lighting up?

Why do I get coughing attacks after lighting up?

YOU CAUSE ACUTE: Irritation of the airways, causing bronchospasm. Stop it. ...Read more

Dr. Albert Pizzo Dr. Pizzo
Family Medicine
56 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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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

Dr. Stephen Rothstein Dr. Rothstein
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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

Dr. Taraneh Azar Dr. Azar
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
22 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
3,550 doctors shared insights

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