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Can you ever cough so hard you feel like passing out?

Can you ever cough so hard you feel like passing out?

Yes: Coughing is spasms can lead to hyperventilation and near syncope (passing out). I had a patient do this at home, church and even in the urgent care. Very scary, but treatment lead to good outcome. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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


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What is a cough assist machine used for?

What is a cough assist machine used for?

Cough assist...: These types of machines are usually used for patients with excessive mucous, like cystic fibrosis or bronchiectasis patients. Also, patients with neuromuscular disorders. Most people have a normal cough reflex and do not need any help with coughing! ...Read more

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Grandpa cannot clear his secretions after stroke/dementia. Sats at 98%.Would the cough assist machine help him. 86yrs old. No other medical problem.Tx?

Grandpa cannot clear his secretions after stroke/dementia. Sats at 98%.Would the cough assist machine help him. 86yrs old. No other medical problem.Tx?

Tough: Poor coughing and swallowing can occur after stroke and increase the risk of aspiration/pneumonia. Options include doing nothing, using thickening agents in feeds or putting in a peg feeding tube to reduce the burden on swallowing. Unfortunately swallowing saliva may still be am issue. Tough problem. ...Read more

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I like to find out if i can use the vest clearance system and cough assist machine for my allergy asthma. Piles makes me sick to stomach and gag thank?

I like to find out if i can use the vest clearance system and cough assist machine for my allergy asthma. Piles makes me sick to stomach and gag thank?

Vest will not help: Vest clearance system is designed for specific abnormalities of the lung. If you are diagnosed with asthma, the underlying problem is irritation and inflammation of the air ways in the lung. You need to be on medications- not necessarily pills- to control it. Vest will not help in those situations. ...Read more

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A portion of my back and my arms ache badly when I cough. My doctor had told me it could be symptoms of Hay fever. Kindly assist what needs to b done?

A portion of my back and my arms ache badly  when I cough. My doctor had told me it could be symptoms of Hay fever. Kindly assist what needs to b done?

Asthma?: It is unusual for hay fever to have caused such a violent cough leading to back pain. Make sure that you get a lung function test to find out if your problem may indeed be from asthma which may not cause wheezing for some people. ...Read more

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Are there any health risks for using a warm air humidifier to assist in my 3 month old childs viral infection with cough and runny nose?

Are there any health risks for using a warm air humidifier to assist in my 3 month old childs viral infection with cough and runny nose?

No: Humidified air will help if nose congested and runny. I would try and use distilled water, keep a distance away as per the gadgets instructions. Should be regularly cleaned. A tent aparatus made with towels or sheets over the head end of the crib with humidifier on the right height chair pointed under the tent will allow good humidity without being too close to baby. Watch it closely always! ...Read more

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I have cough?

I have cough?

Cough: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea w a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea w 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 mins). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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I have cough?

I have cough?

Cougher: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. Lemon juice & 1 tsp. Honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more

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How to cure cough?

There really is: no cure but products with guanefisin can help as can tea and honey and cough drops ...Read more