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Cough Vs. Whooping Cough
Cough types: In general, the cough of croup is usually worse at night, and resembles the bark of a seal or dog. Pertussis coughs are generally repetitive initially (frequently causing gagging and vomiting), and later by a characteristic 'whoop' at the end of a coughing episode. Croup is scary but not dangerous as pertussis is in small children. ...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
Croup vs whooping co: Croup is usually a one to two day condition. It begins suddenly and has a characteristic seal bark cough. Whooping cough usually begins asa common cold and takes several days before the cough sets in. Whooping cough usually has a three week duration. Croup is usually viral in origin whereas whooping cough is bacterial in origin. ...Read more
Severity of cough: The coughs that come with a cold and whooping cough (pertussis) are quite different and depend on the age of the person infected (younger - generally more severe). Whooping cough is a cough that comes in spasms (like 10 coughs in 20 seconds) followed by a "clear period" (2 - 5 minutes with no cough). A cold has coughs that are fewer and regular (with no "clear time"). Both can happen day or night. ...Read more
Cough remedies: A mucolytic like "guaifensin" thins out the mucous and secretions as antitussives like "codeine, or dextromethorphan" are made to suppress a cough. These drugs are often used in combination. Drink plenty of fluids with these . See your physician if cough persists or worsens. Good luck and good health ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: They are two different infections that can affect the respiratory system. Croup is typically a viral infection in children under 6 yeas of age. Whooping cough also know as pertussis is caused by a bacteria. Early treatment with antibiotics can limit its effects. Vaccination of children and adults is the best protection for whooping cough. ...Read more
Yes: Bronchitis is simply, inflammation of the bronchi whereas asthma is inflammation of the small air ways of the lungs along with increased mucous production and air trapping as the result so that one can not get good breaths because they can't expell the air and get proper gas exchange across the alveoli (small air sacks at the lower part of the lung). Thus, respiratory distress. ...Read more
What's the dif between bronchiospam and airway reactivity? (bronchitis 2ndry to cold? Virus?, cough inc@nite intrpting sleep)
Infection: Bronchitis is usually caused by a viral infection and causes inflammation of the airways associated with cough and sputum production. There is typically no wheezing with bronchitis. Asthma is also due to inflammation and may worsen with viral infection. Asthma causes cough and sputum production and usually also causes wheezing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bronchitis? Been coughing very frequently for the past 2 weeks. Nose is not stuffy but cough has mucus. Robitussin DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) makes it better. Why the cough?
Acute bronchitis?: If you're not short of breath, it would be unlikely (but possible) that it's bronchitis. This could be allergies, or pharyngitis, or sinusitis. The cough would come from irritation of inflammation of the pharynx. But you should be evaluated by a local doctor to determine which is truly going on and receive the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Chr. Vrs. Acute: COPD is caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma. Chronic bronchitis means cough and increased sputum at least for three consecutive months. Acute bronchitis is recent cough sometimes caused by viruses or bacteria associated to increase in sputum production with or without wheezing or shortness of breath which may not be associated to COPD even though copders have multiple exacerbations. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stops vs thins: An expectorant is a medicine that thins out mucous, making it easier to mobilize and get out. Usually you'll see Guaifenesin as the active ingredient. A cough suppressant stops the body from wanting to cough. This can be ok at night, since you're not supposed to cough anyways, but not a good idea during the day, so mucous keeps moving. Of course, neither is ok for children until at least 4 to 6 y. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can I tell the difference between chest congestion and congestion in ears, nose, and throat. 4 y/o cough sounds more congested. Concerned 4 pneumo?
Cough = chest: Pulling on ears= ear pain runny/ mucus in nose/ mouth breathing= nasal congestion a baby can have any combination of these symptoms with or without a fever , and have pneumonia.If looks and acts sick, not eating/drinking normally/not alert...U must take to the doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Location...: Acute bronchitis is an infection of the airways whereas pneumonia is an infection of the lung parenchyma itself. Thus, the location of the infection within the lung is the difference between the two disorders. See your doctor so the diagnosis can be made and treatment rendered. ...Read more
My "asthma* symptoms have never included a tickly cough until now. Ventolin relieves the cough. Can blue inhalers relieve coughs in non-asthmatics?
SAME CONDITION BUT: When people say Asthma they really mean Bronchial Asthma most of the time But there is another kind of Asthma we have sometimes called Cardiac Asthma which is a cardiac condition in which there is shortness of breath due to lungs filled up with fluid due to acute left heart failure and causes shortness of breath and wheezing But in lay man's term Bronchial Asthma and Asthma are used for same ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can't catch breath: When a child has whooping cough he starts to cough and can't stop. As he continues to cough he loses his breath and when he finally stops coughing he takes a deep breath very fast. Since his throat is very small, the large amount of air moving very fast through the small airway creates a "whoop". ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Symptom vs disease: Bronchospasm refers to "twitchy" airways. It is a sign of respiratory disease. Many diseases result in bronchospasm including asthma but also copd, cystic fibrosis, congestive heart failure, etc. In other words, bronchospasm can occur in many different disease states, not just asthma. ...Read more
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