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Does Pneumonia Cause Cough
Chemicals: Infections cause the release of chemicals ( interleukins) from white cells. These chemicals are extremely potent and mediate a variety of host responses to infection including raising your temperature. Your body seems to fight a bit better at warmer temps and some bacteria don't do as well. ...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
Not exactly: Croup describes a clinical syndrome that involves infection ( usually viral) of the upper airway and maybe the air tubes ( bronchitis) so it can not "cause pneumonia" however some of the viruses that can cause croup like symptoms can also infect the lower resp tract and cause pneumonia or infection of the air spaces in the lungs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It does not: However it is quite possible that the CHF is what is causing the cough not the otherway around, on the other hand some drugs that treat CHF can also cause cough and are called ace inhibitors , and if that is the case then ask your doctor to replace it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Often, not always: cough is usually present, as excess mucus from inflammation is a problem. But some predominantly wheeze. Some cough exclusively (cough asthma). But - don't rule out asthma because cough is not present. Get checked, and be sure to perform spirometry befor and after a bronchodilator medication. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Inflammatory respons: Several people died of respiratory failure related to swine flu. Interestingly many of these patients were otherwise healthy patients. On bronchoscopy we found that these patient developed densely packed inflammatory cells in their alveoli. It is believed that the patients that did the worst, had the healthiest immune systems and the respiratory failure was actually the patients own immune system. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not usually. : Thyroid cancer grows outside of the windpipe and therefore almost never causes a productive cough. However, in the extremely rare event that it invades the windpipe this could result in a productive, possibly bloood tinged cough. Other possible causes of a cough could be if the cancer invades the nerve to the vocal cord which helps protect from aspiration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not sure : Gastritis is defined as inflammation of the stomach lining due to high levels of acid production. Other causes include using pain killers ( Aspirin , Indomethacin etc). Gastroesophageal reflux ( heartburn) is associated with the above conditions . There is association between uncontrolled heart burn and asthma though it is controversial. I do not see a direct link between gastritis and breathing. ...Read more
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