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Coughing Up White Specks
I'm having trouble finding an answer. I have been coughing up one little white speck at a time randomly. They don't stink and I don't have tonsils.
Mucous?: Probably just some excess mucous that is normally secreted in the back of the throat, near the common passageway of the throat and nose. If you're really concerned something is wrong, consider a consultation with an ENT specialist. Hope this helps! ...Read more
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
I am noticing black specks in my cough. I usually do cough when I exposed to polluted area. But earlier black specks were not there and I don't smoke.
Cough with sputum: Please elaborate more about your bronchial secretions, time of day, colour, frecuency And associated Symptoms ...Read more
The cause of the: Cough determines the treatment. For example if your cough is secondary to heart burn or reflux, then the treatment life style changes, dietary changes and the use of antacids. If the cough is due to a cold, upper respiratory infection, the treatment is time, fluids and time. If it gets real bad you may try cough syrups. There are many other causes and thus the same process... Good luck. Dr. B. ...Read more
Need more info.:
Could be many things. From your profile, I would assume that you don't smoke, not on medications, & have no immune suppressing conditions. Call your doctor ASAP. The questions your doctor may ask:
1) How long has it been present?
2) Are you producing phlegm? color? Blood?
3) What makes cough worse? Lying? Drinking? Certain time of day?
4) Other symptoms?
If short of breath starts call 911 ...Read more
Cough: I'm sorry to hear that. If your condition is chronic or if you have associated symptoms such as fever, fatigue, weakness, or pain, you should see a doctor to find the cause of the cough and recommend a treatment. There are many causes of cough from allergy to asthma to infections and more. Finding the cause is most important. ...Read more
Over the counter med: For a light cough, one might try over the counter cough med such as Robitussin (guaifenesin)-DM for a dry cough or Robitussin (guaifenesin) CF for a productive cough. If associated with fever, wheezing, shortness of breath, or persists and worsens, then see one's doc ...Read more
Cough remedies: Not sure what you mean by "high" cough? Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving. ...Read more
Virus/ allergy/ bac: There are many viruses, allergens and bacteria that can cause a cold and a cough. Most people will improve with time and many meds can help with symptoms. If symptoms persist more than 1 or 2 weeks or if they are severe seek out your doctor for help. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
Prolonged coughing could be from bronchitis- excessive production in the bronchial tubes due to viral/bacterial infection, post-nasal drip, or from asthma (spasm of the airway from irritants), or pneumonia (less likely) etc.
Get examined by your dr for a thorough assessment.
Hope u feel better! ...Read more
With this: Chronicity - would recommend an in-person medical evaluation. ...Read more
See answer: I'm not certain the squeaky sound is significant. I think you will find the following information very helpful. It is designed for patients and describes the different causes of cough, the tests that can be done and the treatment for the different types of cough. > http://bit. Ly/1PQ3UFM ...Read more
Night cough: Night time cough is a common symptom in people with asthma. Usually the cough (with or without wheezing or chest tightness) can occur between 2-3 am. Night cough can also be due to post nasal drip from allergies or sinus problems. Night cough may even be related to stomach acid reflux. A cough specialist, allergist or pulmonologist can assist in the diagnosis and develop a plan to help. ...Read more
See doctor/ER: This could be caused by many different things however often people can misinterpret a baby as "gagging" when they are actually not able to breathe properly. Without a clinical evaluation, it's impossible to know either way from the info given. Best option is to see your pediatrician ASAP or head to the nearest ER. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Try this: Force fluids x 8-10 glasses/day: 50% electrolyte rich fluids, 50% clear broth, bullion, consume. Warm water gargles, nasal saline mist, hot tea and dark brown honey,
Hot steam showers, Cold-Eze Lozenges, Tylenol 1-2 TABLETS every 4-6 hours as needed for fever greater than 100. Tea with dark brown honey OK to use Robitussin DM (or generic equivalent) 1-2 tsp. Every 4-6 hrs. As needed ...Read more
Viral infection: Cold and cough usually means a viral infection in the nose, throat, mouth, ears, etc... Cold viruses fly through the air, but they also are on the places that people touch, such as faucet handles, door knobs, phones, keyboards, railings, etc... If one does not breathe in the viruses, one can still catch them by touching the viruses and then transferring them to one's own eyes, nose, or mouth. ...Read more
It's not possible to give advice without knowing more about
your history and without the ability to ask you questions. If you have had a recent cold with runny nose and sore throat, etc, then it's not unusual to have a cough lasting several weeks. But since I don't know the circumstances of
your cough I suggest that if you are concerned call or see your physician or schedule a consultation on HT ...Read more
Coughing: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
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