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My son 10 years old has bad cough past 2 days hasn't slept and now he throws up due to cough?

My son 10 years old has bad cough past 2 days hasn't slept and now he throws up due to cough?

Better C his doctor: Not sleeping well and throwing up due to cough needs to be attended to by his doctor, it could upper or lower airways problem, requiring prescription medications, good luck ...Read more

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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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My son started coughing real bad and he coughs till he throws up. Nights are worse, he'll cough non stop. Does this sound like whooping cough?

My son started coughing real bad and he coughs till he throws up. Nights are worse, he'll cough non stop. Does this sound like whooping cough?

Could be: Anyone having a coughing fit can cough until they throw up - the medical term is vomiting after coughing - post tussive vomiting. If your child is not fully vaccinated, please check in with your doctor right away. Whooping cough coughs long and hard - and you may not hear the characteristic "whoop.". It is very contagious. ...Read more

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I have asthma and I have a cold for 3 days and my cough after 5 days is getting worse. It is sometimes so bad I almost throw up.?

I have asthma and I have a cold for 3 days and my cough after 5 days is getting worse. It is sometimes so bad I almost throw up.?

Your cold: May be turned to acute bronchitis even to a pneumonia. You need a chest X-ray and physical exam to see what is going on and may need antibiotic and other medication for the treatment of asthma and cough. So, call your doctor in no times. ...Read more

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I've had chronic cough for 4 months and just been diagnosed with acid reflux, I taste blood and get dizzy and sometimes throw up. The cough has been bad for 2 weeks now. I am just wondering why.

Mgt: Your reflux is not under good control, adding additional medications may be needed. I would also suggest that you have a chest radiograph, TB test and pulmonary function testing. If you have any nasal congestion, a saline rinse and nasal steroids may be added. ...Read more

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Hello doctor. I've been sick for a week & 2 days. Here are my symptoms; I have a really bad cough that doesn't stop at all. & everytime I cough I throw out green mucus, this mucus smells bad. I also have a sore throat because of coughing so much. I get a

Hello doctor. I've been sick for a week & 2 days. Here are my symptoms; I have a really bad cough that doesn't stop at all. & everytime I cough I throw out green mucus, this mucus smells bad. I also have a sore throat because of coughing so much. I get a

Persistent cough: A typical upper respiratory viral infection (or cold) typically can last for up to 7-10 days. Beyond this timeframe, it is reasonable to consider other possibilities such as bacterial bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus infection etc. Recommend seeing a physician if this continues as more information would be needed to guide further advice/treatment. ...Read more

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I keep coughing and sometimes I'll cough so bad I throw up just a little bit. Can this cause brain bleed? Also gives me head aches. Think it's just cold or allergies always tickle in my throat

Bad cough: As the type you described need to be treated, you most probably have an airways problem, so you will need a medicine to relax your airways, and a medicine to treat the inflammation. Better see your doctor who may refer you to an allergist/immunologist ...Read more

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M 40 yo I cough like I will almost throw up but I don't.2 weeks now. No fever or runny nose. Having bad sore throat 5 days ago. Dr gave antiBio and cough?

M 40 yo I cough like I will almost throw up but I don't.2 weeks now. No fever or runny nose. Having bad sore throat 5 days ago. Dr gave antiBio and cough?

Bronchospasm: Assuming you are not a smoker, have sinusitis with cough from postnasal drip, nor diagnosed as having pneumonia, COPD or asthma, you probably have acute bronchitis of viral origin with persisting bronchospasm. This often improves with short-course prednisone & bronchodilator. If not, further evaluation is necessary. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Why do I throw up when I cough?

Why do I throw up when I cough?

Reflex: Coughing increases your intra abdominal pressure, decreases the pressure in the chest when you breath in. Sometimes this induces reflux acid to come up into the esophagus. You may induce a gag reflex like this or from thick mucus.
That types of spasms can be a part of a particular illness called pertussis that you could get checked for. ...Read more

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My father has had a chronic cough for over four years. What could be the cause? He often times throws up after a coughing episode.

My father has had a chronic cough for over four years. What could be the cause? He often times throws up after a coughing episode.

Smoker?: There are a number of common things that cause a chronic cough. Post nasal drip from allergies is one, asthma is another, reflux disease, and emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Throwing up after a coughing episode is called post-tussive emesis. That is pretty normal. ...Read more

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Every night for the past 2 weeks at 2 or 3 my 12 mo old throws up from dry cough! How and why's this happening? What can I do to help her?

Every night for the past 2 weeks at 2 or 3 my 12 mo old throws up from dry cough! How and why's this happening? What can I do to help her?

May be a few things: This could be from inflamed airways in the chest, either due to a viral infection (called bronchiolitis) or early-onset asthma. If she has eczema or if there are allergies or asthma in the family, i'd consider this. It is possible, but less likely, that this is backwash of stomach acid ("reflux"). Finally, it could actually be whooping cough ("pertussus") or a related infection. See her doc. ...Read more

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11 month old continues to cough after RSV has cleared. Teething or something RSV related? Sometimes she coughs so much she throws up.

11 month old continues to cough after RSV has cleared. Teething or something RSV related? Sometimes she coughs so much she throws up.

Common: Infants who have RSV bronchiolitis will often cough intermittently for at least a month after the primary infection. They will also cough more with irritant exposures to dust/fragrance/smoke/etc. For the next year they can wheeze on occasion with minor colds. As long as baby is eating and playful it is likely okay. If the kid starts refusing feeds or to play they deserve a followup exam. ...Read more

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I have a cough for two weeks was coughing all the time so hard throw up now only when igo to sleep and it's thick and green and white?

Cough w dark mucus: A cough with dark mucus, lasting 2 weeks and getting to the point of making you vomit, needs to be seen and evaluated to assure it is not an infectious disease that requires antibiotic treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Vomiting (Definition)

Vomiting = expulsion of stomach ...Read more