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Coughing Until You Pass Out
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
Like waking up from : ... sleep. Have you ever woke up in the morning after a particularly hectic day? That's what it feels like. Only when you "pass out," the cause is sudden & unexpected. There may be medical reasons that cause it; if not addressed, you may be in a coma- ie, not wake up. If you pass out & don't know the cause, or if there's something different, you should definitely seek medical attention. Good luck. ...Read more
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
If you are dizzy from carbon monoxide poisoning, do you still have time to get out before you pass out?
Yes: In general, dizziness is achieved with several hours of low dose exposure -- such as 35 parts per million. Nausea and convulsions along with dizziness will be seen in <1 hour of 800 parts per million exposure. So, the symptoms vary based on amount of exposure and time duration of the exposure. ...Read more
Nowhere: Maria, Just like when you sleep, your mind is still operating, you just aren't aware of it on a conscious level. There is a part of your brain called the Reticular Activating System which is responsible for keeping you awake. If it is off, you are not conscious. That doesn't mean that your brain shuts off, but it does mean that you are not aware of it, or awake to use the information. ...Read more
Up to you: Whether or not to continue exercising while sick is really a personal decision depending upon how you feel, not color of your phlegm. As an aside, color of phlegm doesn't determine need for antibiotics either. Bottom line, if you feel good aside from coughing up green phlegm, go exercise. But there's no need to push for a personal best/record until you're back to 100% health. ...Read more
If food or piece of gum go down your windpipe, would you cough immediately or can something go down with out you coughing at all
Immediately: A normal person in a normal state of mind usually coughs up any food or gum in the windpipe immediately. A person who has some medical disability (unable to sense a piece of food there, or unable to cough effectively, etc.) might not cough it up, and end up choking or having pneumonia. A person abusing drugs or alcohol and not in a normal state of mind, may also end up choking or having pneumonia. ...Read more
When you cough up phlegm/mucus with bronchitis, is it bad to swallow it, or must you spit it out every time?
Not bad at all: It is totally harmless to swallow the phlegm (although it may sound gross). The stomach acid will kill whatever is in the phlegm. You don't have to kill yourself trying to spit it out. As long as it gets out of your lungs, that is most important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When i take a drink of water or swallow saliva, i begin coughing like it went down the wrong way and then i pass out. Happens often, am concerned.
See doctor: The passing out after coughing is likely due to vagal stimulation from the coughing. The more concerning thing is the fact you aspirate that frequently. See your doctor and they can order a swallow study, and take a better history to see if any other tests are indicated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I wake up in the morning and start to profusely cough until i cough up and spit out phlegm. If i don't spit it put it triggers me to vomit .?
Cough needs eval: If you're having daily cough it's important to be eval by your doctor. May be post nasal drainage which is treated with anthistamines. Or even acid reflux which is treated by otc meds like Prevacid or prilosec. Also need to r/o infection. More concerning would be the possibility of asthma if this is chronic. It is not unusual for cough to lead to vomiting reflex. Chest x-ray or pft may help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If fluid goes into lungs while drinking, can this cause person to choke and die , if efforts to cough it out doesn't work or one couldnt cough?
Yes, possible : This is called aspiration. A massive aspiration event could cause drowning and death. More often, small amounts of repeated aspiration lead to a pneumonia. Unless the cause of the aspiration is addressed, it will continue to be a threat to the person's life and well-being. ...Read more
How much flem can come out until its gone after getting over bronchitis?And is it common to have rib pain from coughing alot?Thank you
A general question- is it ok to take cough suppressant medicine when you have mucus comng out when coughing.i.e you will be leaving mucus inside chest?
It depends: You do want to expectorate mucous especially if it is copious and there is any difficulty clearing it but sometimes the cough is so frequent and debilitating that the balance tips in favor of suppressing it. Mucous perceived to be from the can actually be in the throat which is often the case. ...Read more
For 6 days I'm unable to pass urine. The little I can pass hurts my abdomen. Start tommorow I will be away until Thurs. Should I go to ER or wait?
Urinary retention: Go to ER now b/c our bladder isn't designed to hold 6 days' worth of urine which then makes it even more worrisome if you're producing all that much urine. Be sure to bring all your medications (both prescription & over-the-counter) & dietary supplements w/you for doc to review as some may cause urinary retention (inability to pee). ...Read more
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