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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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If i have a very severe cough that takes like 10 minutes to clear phlegm that im pretty sure is from my lungs does that mean i could have bronchitis?

If i have a very severe cough that takes like 10 minutes to clear phlegm that im pretty sure is from my lungs does that mean i could have bronchitis?

See below: There are a number of possible reasons for a cough depending on the context: Post nasal drip from sinuses, acute bronchitis, pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and other causes. For an overview of the various causes for coughing See > http:///bit.ly/1PQ3UFM ...Read more

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I have COPD and had mersa in both lungs 10/03/11. I have not been sick since , however i work in a pharmacy and have developed a severe cough . I puke.?

I have COPD and had mersa in both lungs 10/03/11. I have not been sick since , however i work in a pharmacy and have developed a severe cough . I puke.?

ABECB: Acut bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis (abecb) is a possible diagnosis. COPD exacerbation may occur a few times each year. Other aggravating conditions such as gerd should be considered. Youalso need sputum tests and a ct chest. ...Read more

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Have had severe cough for 5 weeks, d-dimer very elevated last week , but lung scan showed clot unlikely. Now extreme fatigue, achy, rapid hr.

Have had severe cough for 5 weeks, d-dimer very elevated last week , but lung scan showed clot unlikely.  Now extreme fatigue, achy, rapid hr.

Falling apart:): Your symptoms present all kinds of possibilities; thyroid problems, anemia, too many to narrow down with a few lines of text. Suffice it to say you should stop in to see your doctor. Get examined. Have some blood work done. He/she will have a much better chance to sort it out for you. ...Read more

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I have headaches, severe cough and recent muscle cramps and loss of muscle control. I have had test done and no abnormalities appeared on an MRI and nothing wrong with my lungs in an x-ray. I have not been to a doctor since the muscle cramps started. I ha

I have headaches, severe cough and recent muscle cramps and loss of muscle control. I have had test done and no abnormalities appeared on an MRI and nothing wrong with my lungs in an x-ray. I have not been to a doctor since the muscle cramps started. I ha

Your : Your symptoms are very concerning and you need a complete medical evaluation. I am particularly concerned about the new symptom of muscle cramping and loss of hand control. I am glad you had an MRI and x-rays, but with your persistent symptoms of headache, cough, and now muscle cramps, you need a complete and thorough medical evaluation. It may help to write down your symptoms prior to visiting your doctor so that you can explain them completely. ...Read more

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My mom age 60yrs had severe cough with expectorant since 6yrs , CT lungs shows small calification nodule in sub pleural region in rt basal lung?

My mom age 60yrs had severe cough with expectorant since 6yrs , CT lungs shows small calification nodule in sub pleural region in rt basal lung?

Calcified: Th cough and the nodule may not be related. A calcified nodule is frequently benign. If it is the only abnormality on scan, commonly recommended is another scan 3-6 months later to be certain it's not growing. If no growth in 3-6 months, another scan at 1 year might be suggested. ...Read more

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I have had a severe cough about 4 weeks, now every time I cough my upper back hurts?

I have had a severe cough about 4 weeks, now every time I cough my upper back hurts?

Cough: It is time to go and be evaluated. With all the coughing you have likely strained some muscles but it could be pain from the lung lining as well. ...Read more

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I have severe cough and flu. And whenever I move my right kidney hurts really bad that I want to lay down. Have hypothyroidism. If this is related to ?

I have severe cough and flu. And whenever I move my right kidney hurts really bad that I want to lay down. Have hypothyroidism. If this is related to ?

Hypothyroidism: I hope your doctor is prescribing thyroid medicine for you! The other medical concerns (cough, flu, kidney) requires careful care from your doctor! Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...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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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more