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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Coughing Spasms (Overview)

Coughing spasms = continual coughing for > 5 minutes.


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Could a dog hair lodged in my trachea cause coughing spasms?

Could a dog hair lodged in my trachea cause coughing spasms?

Foreign body in trac: Any foreign body or substance lodged in one's trachea can cause coughing. See your physician to be examined. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
37 Doctors shared insights

Coughing Spasms (Overview)

Coughing spasms = continual coughing for > 5 minutes.


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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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What is the treatment for dry, coughing spasms?

What is the treatment for dry, coughing spasms?

Asthma treatment: Cough variant asthma may be what you are describing. Step wise asthma treatment can be helpful with steroid inhalers and bronchodilators. Medical evaluation with breathing tests, xrays, blood tests can check for other causes and help confirm the diagnosis. Of course smoking cessation, avoidance of dust and asthma triggers is helpful. ...Read more

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Does anyone have a cure for coughing spasms?

Does anyone have a cure for coughing spasms?

Reason for cough?: Check with your doctor before you start purchasing otc medications or go with homeopathic/herbal or other concoctions. Cough could be post nasal drip mucus (upper respiratory) versus cough-wheezing (lower-asthma-bronchitis). Give a good history of when it began, what times of day are worse, associated symptoms, what you have given. ...Read more

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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Stay hydrated, and use medications to suppress your cough
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Finish all of your antibiotics, even if you are improving or feeling better
Once
Make sure that all of your immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns while you are sick
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What are the ways to get rid of spasticity? Does stretching actually work?

What are the ways to get rid of spasticity? Does stretching actually work?

Various treatment: Stretching may help with contractures that are caused by spasticity, however the actual spasticity is treated with medications, injections and possibly surgery. ...Read more

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Cough that lasts over a week. No mucus production. Dry cough. Sometimes coughing spasms are mild. What could be wrong?

Cough that lasts over a week. No mucus production. Dry cough. Sometimes coughing spasms are mild. What could be wrong?

Multiple causes: Sometimes a dry cough can be a sign of asthma. If the cough continues for three weeks or more, I would recommend pulmonary function testing.
If you are experiencing a viral illness, then the symptoms should resolve and improve over the next one week. A
virtual consult is available by appt. For further management. ...Read more

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I am having saveer coughing spasms that hurt so bad, can't sleep cuz I stop breathing or I cough uptons ofwater, I'm scared.

I am having saveer coughing spasms that hurt so bad, can't sleep cuz I stop breathing or I cough uptons ofwater, I'm scared.

Sleep apnea +: Please see your family doctor.Sleep apnea (where you stop breathing) causes a worsening of gerd in many people. This is where the contents of your stomach come into your throat and sinuses. It can also go down the wrong way into your lungs. It can even be projectile. The coughing is likely from what you are asperating into your lungs. Please see your family doctor, a sleep specialist + GI doc. ...Read more

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Dry, coughing spasms - do not have asthma. What can be done to relieve the cough (not drink a whole bottle of water)?

Dry, coughing spasms - do not have asthma. What can be done to relieve the cough (not drink a whole bottle of water)?

See your doctor: There could be a number of causes of frequent coughs. You may have allergies. You may have cough-variant asthma (not everyone with asthma has wheezing). You could have an infection. In the meantime, do drink plenty of fluids. Honey can be good for helping your cough (has been proven more effective than OTC cough meds). A humidifier at night may help also. ...Read more

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Why do u have random coughing spasms?

Why do u have random coughing spasms?

Reason for cough?: Check with your doctor before you start purchasing otc medications or go with homeopathic/herbal or other concoctions. Cough could be post nasal drip mucus (upper respiratory) versus cough-wheezing (lower-asthma-bronchitis). Give a good history of when it began, what times of day are worse, associated symptoms, what you have given. ...Read more

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Coughing spasms. Please help. Work in library?

Coughing spasms. Please help. Work in library?

Some thoughts: Your symptoms may be caused by a number of factors. If you have a history of allergic disease, a family history or childhood history of asthma, these are risk factors for wheezing in response to environmental triggers. If you have symptoms such as a dry, hacking cough, shortness of breath, chest pressure, I would suggest lung function testing. Infections and cardiac causes should also be ruled out ...Read more

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Coughing spasms for over two months, nothing is helping. I don't know what to do next?

Coughing spasms for over two months, nothing is helping. I don't know what to do next?

Cough: This could be a serious problem. See your doctor for a check up as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Does anyone have a cure for coughing spasms?

Reason for cough?: Check with your doctor before you start purchasing otc medications or go with homeopathic/herbal or other concoctions. Cough could be post nasal drip mucus (upper respiratory) versus cough-wheezing (lower-asthma-bronchitis). Give a good history of when it began, what times of day are worse, associated symptoms, what you have given. ...Read more

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I can not stop these coughing spasms. I don't feel sick. Next steps?

Asthma treatment: Cough variant asthma may be what you are describing. Step wise asthma treatment can be helpful with steroid inhalers and bronchodilators. If spasms are severe, adult pertussis may be possible treated with antibiotics. Medical evaluation with breathing tests, xrays, blood tests. Of course smoking cessation, avoidance of dust and asthma triggers is helpful, sleep in a dust free environment. ...Read more

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I have coughing spasms for serval months today I've been coughing up white chalky substance what's wrong?

I have coughing spasms for serval months today I've been coughing up white chalky substance what's wrong?

Cough: Sounds like a bronchitis. Unsure if this is a manifestation of copd/ asthma with acute infection/other. Recommend a formal medical eval. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for dry, coughing spasms?

Asthma treatment: Cough variant asthma may be what you are describing. Step wise asthma treatment can be helpful with steroid inhalers and bronchodilators. Medical evaluation with breathing tests, xrays, blood tests can check for other causes and help confirm the diagnosis. Of course smoking cessation, avoidance of dust and asthma triggers is helpful. ...Read more

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What could cause someone with a defibrillator to have incessant coughing spasms?

What could cause someone with a defibrillator to have incessant coughing spasms?

It Varies: Sometimes the leads for the defibrillators may be positioned near the phrenic nerve - this would cause a hiccup-type sensation when the device paced. ...Read more

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I believe I have have a cat hair lodged in my throatand it's causing coughing spasms?

I believe I have have a cat hair lodged in my throatand it's causing coughing spasms?

Might be dander-nose: A foreign body like cat hair if truly lodge in your throat should be easily washed or physically pushed away into your stomach if transiently in your esophagus (tube leading to stomach). You may have a classic case of post nasal drip cough-mucus from the nose flowing down your throat with congeston and mouth breathing-drying/irritating your wind pipe-throat casusing.Coughing spasms. ...Read more

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I've been going into these coughing spasms since September 2014 to the point where I start vomiting. What could be wrong?

I've been going into these coughing spasms since September 2014 to the point where I start vomiting. What could be wrong?

Pertussis?: You could be having whooping cough or asthma or lisinopril induced cough. If you try to stop lisinopril for a week and see, it may help. Second ibuprofen causes stomach ulcers, acidity and high BP. Stop taking ibuprofen and avoid all NSAIDs.even bad acid reflux can cause cough for months. If you are obese., lose weight. l ...Read more

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Could a dog hair lodged in my trachea cause coughing spasms?

Foreign body in trac: Any foreign body or substance lodged in one's trachea can cause coughing. See your physician to be examined. ...Read more

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I have had been having coughing spasms for several months. Blood test high levels of carbon breathing test poor exhaling?

I have had been having coughing spasms for several months. Blood test high levels of carbon breathing test poor exhaling?

Chronic lung disease: Sounds like you have chronic lung disease. You need to see a lung specialist for further evaluation and treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit right away. ...Read more

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I just took 2 sudafed for my sinus congestion, can I take anything with it for my coughing spasms?

I just took 2 sudafed for my sinus congestion, can I take anything with it for my coughing spasms?

Coughing spasms: Coughing spasms are symptoms of whooping cough especially when gasping for air in between with or without choking or vomiting are signs of pertussis or whooping cough. If the cough is persistent, I recommend you to be tested for it and/or get treated. Cases of pertussis have increased recently thus my vigilance for diagnosing it. ...Read more

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Urg:constant coughing spasms:5 min:mildly s.O.B afterwards:slight wheeze when trying to breathe:zestoretic (htn)\u003e6 months:new problem \u003c1 month:cause?

Urg:constant coughing spasms:5 min:mildly s.O.B afterwards:slight wheeze when trying to breathe:zestoretic (htn)\u003e6 months:new problem \u003c1 month:cause?

Stop Zestoretic (lisinopril and hydrocholorthiazide): Women of child bearing age shouldn't use zestoretic (lisinopril and hydrocholorthiazide) as first line therapy since it's harmful in pregnancy and absolutely contraindicated. Moreover, it can cause cough. It sounds like you have asthma as well. Can you please help me understand your use of u003e6 and u003c1. I googled them and got bizarre returns. ...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