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Dr. Stuart Rosan
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Age 64, never smoke. Severe acute cough 15 days ago, took Azythromycin. Now only cough mainly when lying down. Taking 1/3 Hydrocodone APAP. How to cu?

Dr. Stuart Rosan
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Age 64, never smoke. Severe acute cough 15 days ago, took Azythromycin. Now only cough mainly when lying down. Taking 1/3 Hydrocodone APAP.  How to cu?

Another infection?: This might be more of an Acute Sinusitis followed by Bronchitis symptoms. First, Azithromycin is only for 5-6 days, which is considered therapeutic for academic purposes, but usually takes 2-3 weeks of antibiotics to clear infection. Also, when lying down + getting a cough usually indicates that Post Nasal Drainage is the cause for the cough. Advise warm compresses to face; nasal saline spray ...Read more

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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


Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Is it ok to use plain saline in a nebulizer to help my 4 year-old with nighttime coughing. She doesn't have coughs during day only when lying down. ?

Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Is it ok to use plain saline in a nebulizer to help my 4 year-old with nighttime coughing. She doesn't have coughs during day only when lying down. ?

Yes..ok to use: Basically the same as using saline drops into the nose, only it is in vapor form. You can also just put some clean tap water..An alternative is get an ultrasonic humidifier which can run for many hours instead of just few minutes with nebulizer. If coughing is persistent, have her evaluated for possible nocturnal asthma etc... Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
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I have common cold, cough is more serious when lying down for some minutes. Worse symptoms in the evening hours. Why?

Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
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I have common cold, cough is  more serious when lying down for some minutes. Worse symptoms in the evening hours. Why?

Postnasal drip: Likely post nasal drip contributing to worsening of symptoms when lying flat. Try to use a saline nasal wash/spray in the evening and or Claritin/ Zyrtec for few days- available over the counter. ...Read more

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Dr. Joy Jackson
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I have a persistant cough that only comes on when I am lying down. I have tried cough syrup, and mucus pills but nothing seems to help

Dr. Joy Jackson
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Typically : Typically a cough that occurs from laying down is either from acid in the stomach that refluxes back up into the esophagus and throat causing cough, or from mucous that is a result of allergies that drips from the nose down into the throat while supine, triggering a cough. My advice is to try an anti-acid medication like prilosec, ranitidine, or pepcid, and also take a daily anti-histamine like alavert or claritin. Lastly, it is a good idea to follow up with your doctor for this issue. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
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I am 54y old. when lying down or leaning forward I have globus sensation and need to cough up. I use Nasonex, and medications for LPreflux didn't help?

Dr. Shaym Puppala
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I am 54y old. when lying down or leaning forward I have globus sensation and need to cough up. I use Nasonex, and medications for LPreflux didn't help?

Perhaps see ENT/GI: If treatments for postnasal drip and gastroesophageal reflux did not help, it may be time to see either an otolaryngologist (ear-nose-throat physician) or a gastroenterologist to have a look with a fiberoptic camera and see what is going on. Which you should see depends on your symptoms; a primary care physician or HealthTap Prime or Concierge physician should be able to guide you. ...Read more

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Dr. Randall Zuckerman
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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I have a dry cough and pain in centre of chest, cough worse when sitting/lying down, pain dull and sharpens when cough/ breathe in deeply?

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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I have a dry cough and pain in centre of chest, cough worse when sitting/lying down, pain dull and sharpens when cough/ breathe in deeply?

Multiple causes: These symptoms may be due to a number of conditions. If you are having difficulty breathing, a physician appt is advised. The possible associated conditions include asthma, reflux with aspiration and pleural irritation. Avoid smoke and a virtual follow up appt available. . ...Read more

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Hi, I am female. I am having a pain in my upper rt side of my abdomen and my rib cage. The pain is getting worse by cough, deep breath or lying down.

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Hi, I am female. I am having a pain in my upper rt side of my abdomen and my rib cage. The pain is getting worse by cough, deep breath or  lying down.

More info?: Is it sharp or achy? How long does it last? Anything make it better? Any fevers? Does food affect the pain? Have you had any surgery ? How long has it been there? Have you tried any medications? Did they work? Did you injure yourself? Pulled muscle etc? Has anyone done any studies? Need a bit more info? Possible causes: gallbladder? Pneumonia? Ge issues? Muscle strain? Kidney? ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
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Hi I have had pain since thursday in my chest and ribs and diaphragm i have a cough finding it hard to bring phlegm up worse lying down what is this?

Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
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Hi I have had pain since thursday in my chest and ribs and diaphragm i have a cough finding it hard to bring phlegm up worse lying down what is this?

?pneumonia: Could be a lung infection like pneumonia. I would see your physician immediately to have this diagnosed and treated properly. Good luck ...Read more

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Dr. Rifat Naghmi
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I've had a cough for the last 2 weeks. Only until 3 nights ago, I've developed a deep throbbing pain in both my lungs when lying down.

Dr. Rifat Naghmi
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I've had a cough for the last 2 weeks. Only until 3 nights ago, I've developed a deep throbbing pain in both my lungs when lying down.

Bronchitis: Bronchitis implies inflammation of bronchial tubes. When this happens, the bronchial tubes swell and produce mucus. This makes you cough. Most healthy people who get acute bronchitis get better without any problems with OTC cough medications. However, it could be serious in older adults and children and in people with other health problems, especially lung diseases such as asthma or COPD. ...Read more

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