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Could a severe cough hurt your lungs?

Could a severe cough hurt your lungs?

Inflammation...: A persistent cough will maintain some inflammation in the airways which can cause bronchospasm and continued cough. This is the reason for a cough to remain even after a bronchitis infection has resolved. The treatment often includes a steroid inhaler to decrease the inflammation as well as a bronchodilator inhaler to relieve bronchospasm. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Having bad back pain. Feels like something squeezing my lungs and a dry cough. Could this be a PE?

Potentially : There are many potential causes of the symptoms you are describing. I would not hesitate to be seen and thoroughly evaluated. ...Read more

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When i cough n breath in deep from asthma my left lung area hurts bad. What could be causing this?

When i cough n breath in deep from asthma my left lung area hurts bad.  What could be causing this?

Asthma: This may mean that your asthma is not well controlled and needs better control, consult an allergist to help you, especially that you suffer from allergies too, as they are both related. ...Read more

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My chest xray says I have viral pneumonia, but i have no symptoms other then chest pain when inhaling deeply could this possibly be a collapsed lung?

My chest xray says I have viral pneumonia, but i have no symptoms other then chest pain when inhaling deeply could this possibly be a collapsed lung?

Unlikely: Though a chest xray is not the most reliable test for a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) it is pretty good. If there is a viral pneumonia on xray that could cause your symptoms. ...Read more

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Upper left chest pain and shoulder pain what could be causing it it hurts severely to cough or sneeze?

Upper left chest pain and shoulder pain what could be causing it it hurts severely to cough or sneeze?

see below: You describe pleurisy or pericarditis. Sometimes intercostal muscular pain can mimic this. If the pain is worse lying down, improved sitting up/forward, it suggest pericarditis. If you have fever/cough, shortness of breath, it suggests pneumonia with pleural involvement. Were your chest xray and ct done recently/for this illness? A cxr, CBC and echo are usual parts of the evaluation. ...Read more

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Could my lungs hurt with a sinus infection?

Could my lungs hurt with a sinus infection?

Unlikely: If you have a sinus infection only then the answer would be no. However frequently the pt can have a sinus infection as well as a lung infection so then the answer would be yes. Need more information but if you are a smoker this is a very common scenario. ...Read more

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Persistant cough from allergies. Can it lead to something more serious. Coughing to where puke comes up my throat?

Persistant cough from allergies. Can it lead to something more serious. Coughing to where puke comes up my throat?

Inflammation: A chronic persistent cough may be due to bronchospasm so you may need an inhaled steroid inhaler as well as a bronchodilator to control this cough. It could also be due to allergic post-nasal drip which may need a nasal spray to control. You should be evaluated by your doctor so the cough can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Having severe bronchial infection and severe cough can it make my back and stomach muscles hurt really bad?

Having severe bronchial infection and severe cough can it make my back and stomach muscles hurt really bad?

Yes....: Coughing can lead to musculoskeletal pain, including the symptoms you listed. It is important to diagnose and treat the cough so that this pain will also resolve. So, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What would cause congestion a cough a fever running back wards and left arm to hurt them and a lfeeling like there chocking?

What would cause congestion a cough a fever running back wards and left arm to hurt them and a lfeeling like there chocking?

Many things: A fever running backwards? I think you need to check with your doctor to check labs, look at your throat, listen to your chest, possibly with chest xray. I would need more information to narrow this down. ...Read more

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My chest and back hurts when I cough due to chest congestion . Does this warrant a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia . Dark green mucus.?

My  chest and back hurts  when  I  cough due to chest congestion .  Does this warrant a chest X-ray  to rule out pneumonia .  Dark green mucus.?

Maybe: It warrants an evaluation by a physician as these symptoms are consistent with pneumonia but not specific to it. Whether a chest xray is needed depends on additional info, other symptoms, fever, physical exam findings etc. ...Read more

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What could cause a wheezy chest and a productive cough?

What could cause a wheezy chest and a productive cough?

Infection usually: Any infection that causes irritation to the respiratory system will cause a productive cough with sputum. It is your body responding to the infection. Unless you are running fevers or it has been going on for more than two weeks you can probably just wait it out for it to heal.If it has lasted more than two weeks then see your dr. Or if you are running fevers have shortness of breath or pain. ...Read more

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Coughing for about a month. Sudden attacks of cough. Body pain. Chest pain and weakness. When he moves or breaths it causes him pain. What could be?

Coughing for about a month. Sudden attacks of cough. Body pain. Chest pain and weakness. When he moves or breaths it causes him pain. What could be?

Please see a doctor: We all can guess what the problem is. However, a cough for a month is nothing to take lightly. Please seek the care of a reputable physician. ...Read more

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What could cause a chronic cough and to feel like I have fluid in my lungs?

What could cause a chronic cough and to feel like I have fluid in my lungs?

Get checked: It can be many things, sounds like may be mild asthma, but can be more dangerous things so would have it checked out by a doctor. ...Read more

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My lungs are sore when I cough. Could this be serious?

My lungs are sore when I cough. Could this be serious?

Lungs: Hard to tell from your description. May be an infection. Suggest you see your doctor to check it out ...Read more

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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