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Can you ever cough so hard you feel like passing out?

Can you ever cough so hard you feel like passing out?

Yes: Coughing is spasms can lead to hyperventilation and near syncope (passing out). I had a patient do this at home, church and even in the urgent care. Very scary, but treatment lead to good outcome. ...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


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What causes you to cough till you feel like your gonna pass out?

What causes you to cough till you feel like your gonna pass out?

Possibilities...: There are many possible causes of a severe cough including bronchospasm from any cause, acute bronchitis, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. All of these have different treatments so you need to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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My son coughs in the morning but stops pass 9am or 10am. Then he will cough again at night around 12midnight or 2am but it won't last 5 minutes during?

My son coughs in the morning but stops pass 9am or 10am. Then he will cough again at night around 12midnight or 2am but it won't last 5 minutes during?

Could be reflux: You need to take him to a doctor and have him evaluated for reflux. There are many reasons for cough but the kind that gets triggered when lying down is often from gastroesophageal reflux disease. ...Read more

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Symptoms include upper rib pain after cough. Should I do something about this or just let it pass?

Symptoms include upper rib pain after cough. Should I do something about this or just let it pass?

Depends: Do you have fever? Do you cough up discolored phlegm? Has this been going on > 1 week? Are you short of breath? Do you have 1 swollen leg? Recent surgery or fracture? Diabetes? Prolonged travel? If the answer to any of these is "yes", you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Every time I sneeze or cough I feel like I am gona pass out?

Every time I sneeze or cough I feel like I am gona pass out?

Vasovagal: People with high vagal tone may develop vasovagal episodes (sudden drop on blood pressure and fainting when they cough, sneezing or during strong emotional event, blood drawing etc...), check with your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Taken all my meds for bronchitis still have my cough. Am I contagious still? Can you pass through kissing?

Taken all my meds for bronchitis still have my cough. Am I contagious still? Can you pass through kissing?

Bronchitis: Viral infections can be transmitted through exchange of saliva and breathing on someone else. Check with your doctor to determine if your bronchitis is cleared and otherwise, determine the cause of persistent court. ...Read more

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My dad has had a bad cough for ages but now he starts going bright red and sometimes passes out. What should we do?

My dad has had a bad cough for ages but now he starts going bright red and sometimes passes out. What should we do?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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I feel dizzy like I am in a tunnel and going to pass out when I cough why?

I feel dizzy like I am in a tunnel and going to pass out when I cough why?

Coughing increases: The intrathoracic pressure and impedes the return of blood to the heart. This results in a decrease in the blood output to the head for a few beats and therefore dizziness. ...Read more

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Why do I pass gas when I cough. Could my sphincter damage be a reason. I also had an accident today when I coughed?

Why do I pass gas when I cough. Could my sphincter damage be a reason. I also had an accident today when I coughed?

Severity determines: Occasional incontinence of stool with fecal leakage is common, but loss of bowel control particularly without warning may signal a significant infection, inflammatory problem, maldigestive concern, or neurologic disorder. Sometimes, particularly in youths, the condition is behavioral. Often, anal manometry followed by biofeedback can be curative without the need of surgery or medication. ...Read more

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I have a knot in the lrft side of my private area what could it be? It hurt very bad when I sit, cough, or even pass gas.

It could be: Hernia, lymph node, or less likely aneurysm or even tumor. Show it to a doctor. Some of these conditions require surgery or biopsy for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why as we get older when we sneeze or cough we pass gas?

Why as we get older when we sneeze or cough we pass gas?

Weak anus: Everybody farts. 14x/day according to one expert! With age, weakness of anus leads to more ready passage of flats with more minor increase in intra-abdo pressure - as with coughing etc. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old had low grade fever & cough for 3 days. Now only cough the fever is gone but he has diearhha. Should he see a dr or let it pass it's course?

My 4 yr old had low grade fever & cough for 3 days. Now only cough the fever is gone but he has diearhha. Should he see a dr or let it pass it's course?

Watch for diarrhea: Your son probably has viral infection -having fever and cough, having diarrhea is part of same infection. DIarrhea may stop of its own in 1-2 days but he has lot of diarrhea or it persist then see the doctor, give plenty of fluids to drink. ...Read more

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I have this bad cough for 2 weeks! I cough and pass out. Do you have any advice as to why this is happening? I'm taking Motrin and Delsym (dextromethorphan). Thanks

I have this bad cough for 2 weeks! I cough and pass out. Do you have any advice as to why this is happening? I'm taking Motrin and Delsym (dextromethorphan). Thanks

Please seek help: That is a dramatic cough. You should see a doctor. YOu may have a viral infection or even pertussis which can cause a dramatic cough, often punctuated by vomiting. You are also possibly having a vaso-vagal reaction and passing out due to the cough. Please seek help. Happy healing and good luck. ...Read more

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I have this bad cough for 2 weeks! I cough and pass out. Do you have any advice as to why this is happening? I'm taking Motrin and Delsym (dextromethorphan). Thanks

I have this bad cough for 2 weeks! I cough and pass out. Do you have any advice as to why this is happening? I'm taking Motrin and Delsym (dextromethorphan). Thanks

COUGH SYNCOPE: COUGH WITH SYNCOPE IS VERY UNUSUAL.:CLASSICALLY ASSOCIATED WITH ARMOLD CHIARI. You need evaluation for acute bronchitis :exam/labs and CXR done to rule out pneumonia. You will probably need a course of antibiotics and a nebulizer to give deeper penetration for medication Please get evaluated promptly! If wheezing is progressive a course of steroids may be tried. MRI OF BRAIN AND CERVICAL SPINE ...Read more

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I have been having a cough and when I do cough, I get real real dizzy and ringing in ears and feel like I'm gonna pass out. What is causing this?

I have been having a cough and when I do cough, I get real real dizzy and ringing in ears and feel like I'm gonna pass out. What is causing this?

Hyperventilation: From fitful coughing, possible lung infection or congestion of your Eustachian tubes: requires examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for 3\4 weeks now but last week I started coughing up foamy phlegm and gasping for air then vomiting. Thought I was going to pass out.

Need MD eval.: At this point, you really need an evaluation by a doctor. First, the cough itself is going on for too long. Second, other symptoms have emerged in the meantime. You really need to be seen and evaluated. Blood testing, chest X-ray and such. Don't hesitate. ...Read more

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I started my period 3 days early and it has been two days and I pass heavy thick clots if I cough or yell, I also been vomiting as well for two days?

I started my period 3 days early and it has been two days and I pass heavy thick clots if I cough or yell, I also been vomiting as well for two days?

Viral?: If nausea and vomiting is not the norm for you when you have your period, I suspect you have some GI bug that is causing the nausea and vomiting. See MD for antinausea meds if necessary and drink lots of liquids. ...Read more

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Have virus, fever headache, dizziness, pressure elevated, coughing. How long before it passes? Taking cough med with codine.

Have virus, fever headache, dizziness, pressure elevated, coughing. How long before it passes? Taking cough med with codine.

Runs its course: Viral infections typically run their courses in 10-14 days, 7-10 if you're lucky.....I'm never lucky I guess! Lol....Anyways, be aware that cough suppressant are poorly effective and using too much of them (especially over the counter types) can cause more coughing than curing it. I always recommend humidification to patients with coughs associated with viral respiratory infections. Seem to work. ...Read more

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Mother affected with cough n cold.. Does this pass to child through breast milk?

Mother affected with cough n cold.. Does this pass to child through breast milk?

No should not effect: Cough /cold is usually a viral infection can be bacterial. Mom can continue to breast feed if properly treated. ...Read more

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When I laugh I feel dizzy like I'm going to pass out. Lack of oxygen? New symptom. Also when I cough. What could this be?

When I laugh I feel dizzy like I'm going to pass out. Lack of oxygen? New symptom. Also when I cough. What could this be?

Vagal response: It sound like you are getting s Vaal reaction initiated by the sudden increase in the abdominal pressure from laughing or coughing. Try to stay well hydrated by drinking at least 6-8 bottles of water a day in the winter and more in summer. Not better see a doctor ...Read more

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Hi have full flu. Dr said chest ok but full thick mucus. Have trouble spitting also bad head pressure near pass out when cough. Ok to swallow?

Hi have full flu. Dr said chest ok but full thick mucus. Have trouble spitting also bad head pressure near pass out when cough. Ok to swallow?

Thick mucous: Drink plenty of water if you can keep it down. Try Mucinex (guaifenesin) over the counter to thin the secretions. Try delsym for the cough. It is ok to swallow the mucous if you would prefer that to spitting it out. If it is colored see your doctor for an antibiotic. You could be getting a secondary infection. Good luck. Feel better. ...Read more

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2 days ago I began having stabbing pain in the lower right side of my tummy. It has spread toward my back but that pain is dull. Hurts to cough/move. I've had bms & can pass gas; not bloated. Ideas?

2 days ago I began having stabbing pain in the lower right side of my tummy. It has spread toward my back but that pain is dull. Hurts to cough/move. I've had bms & can pass gas; not bloated. Ideas?

You may need MD visi: If this pain does not settle down, you need to go see your doctor for an examination and get tested to be sure you do not have anything serious in your belly causing this pain. If it is settling down then it is not anything serious. ...Read more

Passed Out (Definition)

Or passing out implies loss of consciousness. Frequently a cardiac ...Read more