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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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I've had a bad cough for two years and was told it's acute bronchitis 6 times. Now I have chest pain/shortness of breath/wheezing. What do I do?

I've had a bad cough for two years and was told it's acute bronchitis 6 times. Now I have chest pain/shortness of breath/wheezing. What do I do?

Mgt: An inbox consultation is available and the imaging may be reviewed at that time.
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Have you had a CF sweat test? Do you have a history of sinusitis or other infections?
There are several possible causes and I would suggest an appointment. ...Read more

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Husband has coughing fits that lead to vomiting and chest pain and shortness of breath and wheezing. He doesn't have insurance so what can we do at home?

Husband has coughing fits that lead to vomiting and chest pain and shortness of breath and wheezing. He doesn't have insurance so what can we do at home?

Needs eval: While I understand your insurance concerns I believe your husband deserves a thorough medical evaluation. If the cause for his symptoms is infectious, only directed treatment will help him get better. Alternatively asthma can cause similar symptoms. If the cost is the issue best would be Urgent Care over ER. Some places have community health centers with minimal copayment. ...Read more

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21, male, smoker, 0.45 packyr. Shortness of breath always and coughing. Fev1 is 86% predicted and fvc is 80% and fev1/fvc is 1.1 pef is 82% and pif is 5.09. suffered from sinusitis. No wheezing but chest pain sometime. What disease I have?

21, male, smoker, 0.45 packyr. Shortness of breath always and coughing. Fev1 is 86% predicted and fvc is 80% and fev1/fvc is 1.1 pef is 82% and pif is 5.09. suffered from sinusitis. No wheezing but chest pain sometime. What disease I have?

Stubborn pighead!: You say that you are always short of breath yet you continue to smoke. They say you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. You are a good example of that bit of folk wisdom. ...Read more

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Chest pain. Feeling sick. Being sick. Cold sweat. Dizzy. Feeling light headed. Wheezing. Coughing. Shortness of breath feeling a bad sensation?

Chest pain. Feeling sick. Being sick. Cold sweat. Dizzy. Feeling light headed. Wheezing. Coughing. Shortness of breath feeling a bad sensation?

Cough: This is likely the common cold. Give it time and it will resolve. Take some tylenol (acetaminophen) and get plenty of rest. Do not forget about drinking enough fluid. If you are wheezing you may need to see your doctor and get a chest x-ray to rule out a pneumonia. The doctor can also give you a bronchodilator to make your breathing easier and open up the bronchi of the lungs. Good luck. Feel better. ...Read more

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I get chest pains, shortness of breath, wheezing and constant coughing after playing sport. I exercise 3 times a week, and play soccer on the weekend?

I get chest pains, shortness of breath, wheezing and constant coughing after playing sport. I exercise 3 times a week, and play soccer on the weekend?

Asthma: It sounds like you have asthma, you need to see your doctor for an inhaler to use before exercising, and you need to check your lung function test to determine if you need a maintenance inhaler. ...Read more

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22 year old female with shortness of breath, chest pain, cough and fever all of which come and go. Consistent fatigue.?

22 year old female with shortness of breath, chest pain, cough and fever all of which come and go. Consistent fatigue.?

See your doctor: This is an assortment of symptoms that deserves a comprehensive history and a thorough physical. Some simple tests may be in order. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath, chest pain, burping and farting a lot, cough that won't go away, noisy stomach (not hungry), stomach cramping, I had EKG and chest X-ray 2 weeks ago and they were clear. Is this gerd?

Shortness of breath, chest pain, burping and farting a lot, cough that won't go away, noisy stomach (not hungry), stomach cramping, I had EKG and chest X-ray 2 weeks ago and they were clear. Is this gerd?

Gastroenterologist: Have you been checked for a hiatus hernia, lactose intolerance or gluten intolerance? For these symptoms try taking mylanta 1/2 hour after meals and at bedtime. An examination by a gastroenterologist would be recommended. ...Read more

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Symptoms of bronchitis? I have slight cough, some wheezing, shortness of breath for a week, clean chest xray, clean CT chest swollen eyes, stuffy nos

Symptoms of bronchitis? I have slight cough, some wheezing, shortness of breath for a week, clean chest xray, clean CT chest swollen eyes, stuffy nos

Bronchitis: Maybe it is allergies. In ohio right now the weeds are a blooming so it might be an asthma/allergy exacerbation. I would hope your doctor has considered treating you. ...Read more

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Having a cough, wheezing on chest and slight shortness of breath?

Having a cough, wheezing on chest and slight shortness of breath?

Check for allergies: Is it new or chronic.
Has there been a recent cold symptoms
Could it be an allergic symptoms
If continues you may want to see a doctor. ...Read more

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When I bend/ twist/ lay/ get up I get severe back/ chest pain, persisting for 4 days. I have a little cough, mild asthma and shortness of breath.

When I bend/ twist/ lay/ get up I get severe back/ chest pain, persisting for 4 days. I have a little cough, mild asthma and shortness of breath.

Pain: Your back and chest pain are due to a process going on in your lungs. See your doctor to determine if you have an infectious process like pneumonia occuring or are you having an exacerbtion of your asthma. ...Read more

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Lately feeling like lot of heat coming from inside my body, shortness of breath, a cough mostly at night with chest pain/pressure, fatigue?

Lately feeling like lot of heat coming from inside my body, shortness of breath, a cough mostly at night with chest pain/pressure, fatigue?

Infection?: It sounds like you may have a serious infection causing fever. Please get checked today and get started on an antibiotic if one appears to be needed. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath and chest pain and chest pressure, an awful cough, headache after a cold that started a week ago, fevers and chills. Why?

Shortness of breath and chest pain and chest pressure, an awful cough, headache after a cold that started a week ago, fevers and chills. Why?

Pneumonia PLUS: Please get checked at the ER NOW- this certainly sounds like pneumonia with pleuritis (pleurisy)- and can be quite serious. This will require aggressive antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have asthma with no cough? Dr thinks I have asthma. I get frequent shortness of breath and tight chest. Very mild wheeze.

Is it possible to have asthma with no cough? Dr thinks I have asthma. I get frequent shortness of breath and tight chest. Very mild wheeze.

Sob: I notice you had an echocardiogram. Do you have a cardiac problem? If so, your shortness of breath, tight chest and wheezing may be cardiac in origin. See your crdiologist for further evaluation. Otherwise, your doctor's diagnosis apperas to be correct ...Read more

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I have a pains in my chest that are there a lot just very mildly but when I sneeze cough or stretch ot take a deep breath in it hurts also am having shortness of breath and wheezing?

I have a pains in my chest that are there a lot just very mildly but when I sneeze cough or stretch ot take a deep breath in it hurts also am having shortness of breath and wheezing?

Pleuritic pain: CP that occurs with chest movement or lung expansion suggests an inflamed pleura or airway spasm, associated wheezing suggests a potential asthmatic cause, should undergo pulmonary function studies and perhaps a trial of bronchodilators. ...Read more

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Chest pain lying down, shortness of breath lying down, cough when moving around. All started with a cold 2 months ago. EKG & chest x-ray normal. Help?

Chest pain lying down, shortness of breath lying down, cough when moving around. All started with a cold 2 months ago. EKG & chest x-ray normal. Help?

Pleurisy or pleuriti: You may be having inflammation of the pleura (lung covering membranes) or pneumothorax (air escaping thru a tear in the pleura) as a complication of your "cold". Check with your doctor ...Read more

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