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Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Maybe: Asthma symptoms are cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness that is recurrent. It typically worsens at night and with exercise. There are multiple triggers including allergies, smoke/irritants and even acid reflux. An allergist or pulmonologist can perform a history, exam and lung function tests to help determine if asthma is the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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


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Everytime I breathe in I cant stop coughing?

Everytime I breathe in I cant stop coughing?

If chronic, then...: Most common causes for persistent cough include 1) gastric reflux 2) postnasal drip 3) undiagnosed asthma 4) medication side effect 5) vocal cord problem. We are able to successfully treat most cases of persistent cough by focusing on these possibilities. A few screening tests are also warranted (such as a chest xray) and so seeing your physician is important. ...Read more

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I've had a cold now for two weeks and it seems to have gone into my chest. I can't stop coughing. Everytime I breathe or lay down I start coughing.?

I've had a cold now for two weeks and it seems to have gone into my chest. I can't stop coughing. Everytime I breathe or lay down I start coughing.?

Bronchospasm...: This could be related to bronchospasm which can occur after an upper respiratory infection. Treatment would include bronchodilator and steroid inhalers so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Other possible etiologies include post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these factors. Your doctor can diagnose and treat these as well. ...Read more

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Why do I cough when I breathe in? I have had bronchitis for 3 weeks and not getting any better.

Why do I cough when I breathe in? I have had bronchitis for 3 weeks and not getting any better.

ACUTE BRONCHITIS: Your symptoms are consistent with acute bronchitis. You need to be reevaluated labs and CXR done to rule out pneumonia. You will probably need a course of antibiotics and a nebulizer to give deeper penetration for medication Please get evaluated promptly! If cough and wheezing are progressive a course of steroids may be tried. Cough generates do to spasming is alveoli in lungs. ...Read more

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Couple days ago I started having pain in my upper back left side. It gets worse when I breathe in all the way and when I cough its unbearable?

Couple days ago I started having pain in my upper back left side. It gets worse when I breathe in all the way and when I cough its unbearable?

Pleurisy: The pain still has to be evaluated properly before you can say it is all pleurisy or muscle strain. You have to see your doctor for proper evaluation and perhaps with a cxr to make sure there are no other causes. In the meantime a NSAID like Ibuprofen may help. ...Read more

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I had this cough after a sport I found it hard to breathe in and out for 30mins ive had these before?

I had this cough after a sport I found it hard to breathe in and out for 30mins ive had these before?

Suspicious: Your symptoms, Louis, are very suspicious for exercise-induced asthma. This can be diagnosed easily during a spell by simply having your doctor listen to your lungs. Between spells, there are easy tests that can confirm it. Get checked soon, because you don't have to suffer! There are excellent medicines available to help you. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a dry cough and pain in centre of chest, cough worse when sitting/lying down, pain dull and sharpens when cough/ breathe in deeply?

I have a dry cough and pain in centre of chest, cough worse when sitting/lying down, pain dull and sharpens when cough/ breathe in deeply?

Multiple causes: These symptoms may be due to a number of conditions.
If you are having difficulty breathing, a physician appt is advised.
The possible associated conditions include asthma, reflux with aspiration and pleural irritation.
Avoid smoke and a virtual follow up appt available.. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis. I feel a knot in my back when I breathe in, but can breathe ok. Cough is not productive, with medicine. Should I take my inhaler?

I have bronchitis. I feel a knot in my back when I breathe in, but can breathe ok. Cough is not productive, with medicine. Should I take my inhaler?

Yes: When people have chronic bronchitis, the bronchospasm may be felt even as muscle spasm. It also can come out as cough. Try to see if inhalers work. But also reconsider URI or allergic rhinitis as cause especially for a nonproductive cough, causing sinopulmonary syndrome. Discuss with your doctor to see what works best. ...Read more

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I'm having a pain in the center of my chest, it only happens when I laugh, cough, or breathe in hard. Also when I move a certain way. Can you explain?

Chest pain: The characteristic of the pain you described sound like a musculoskeletal pain, pleuritic and pericardial irritation also should be considered. Most common cause would be costo-chondritis that is inflammation of the cartilage closer the sternum and ribs ...Read more

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Have a cough hurts in middle on my chest even to eat or breathe in sometimes other day felt like tight band around chest going on 3 days what is this?

Have a cough hurts in middle on my chest even to eat or breathe in sometimes other day felt like tight band around chest going on 3 days what is this?

Pneumonia: You are young so cardiac problem is less likely, but not out of the question. Likely a pneumonia. Other possibilities include blood clot or some type of bronchial or asthmatic condition. You should get seen. ...Read more

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Inhaled a bleach and toilet cleaner mix 5 hours ago, feel ok except chest still tight and hurts when breathe in with a chesty cough?

Inhaled a bleach and toilet cleaner mix 5 hours ago, feel ok except chest still tight and hurts when breathe in with a chesty cough?

Bleach a inhalation: If still tight go to ER for treatment as may have reactive condition and possible some fluid due to damage. Therefore go to ER now for breathing treatments, xray possible steroids ...Read more

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When I breathe in deeply I get an achy pain where my diaphragm roughly is. I feel lethargic and achy all over I have a cough aswell, what could it be?

When I breathe in deeply I get an achy pain where my diaphragm roughly is. I feel lethargic and achy all over I have a cough aswell, what could it be?

R/O PLEURITIS: PLEURITIS=inflammation of the lining of the lung and Pericarditis = inflammation of the lining of the heart can both cause referred shoulder pain. As well as a PE=Lung blood clot. You need a full exam lab testing CXR/EKG/Shoulder X-ray to evaluate your symptoms. Please seek prompt medical attention for diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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I have had a cold for a few days and woke up with a pain in my back this morning. It is on my back left ribs and hurts to breathe in deeply or cough.?

I have had a cold for a few days and woke up with a pain in my back this morning. It is on my back left ribs and hurts to breathe in deeply or cough.?

Probably Pleurisy: What it is isn't as important as what is causing the symptoms. If you tolerate anti-inflammatory meds-you can try Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen type meds. If symptoms persist or worsen, see a dr. Right away. You may need a chest x-ray, ct of the lung or more exhaustive workup if symptoms persist for more than a couple of days or any new features such as fever or coughing up thick foul phlegm. ...Read more

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I have pain in my right side ribs when I breathe in or cough when I touch its sore as well. What could it be?

I have pain in my right side ribs when I breathe in or cough when I touch its sore as well. What could it be?

Several causes: More history and an exam would be helpful, so I encourage you to see your doctor. In the mean time, consider stopping your paracetamol, and certainly do not drink alcohol with it. The chest pain and cough are likely related to your right sided pain when you breathe and cough. May mean an infection related to your right lung/diaphragm/intercostal muscles. Again, easier face to face. ...Read more

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After doing push ups today. My left chest and upper left back area hurts with Sharp pain when I breathe in deeply, cough, or belch.

Pulled muscle: Your symptoms are consistent with pulled muscle. Any NSAID like motrin or advil (ibuprofen) will help. If you have increased pain or trouble breathing you need to be seen. ...Read more

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Is it possible to put alka seltzer cold and cough into a humidifier and breathe in the medication instead of drinking it?

Is it possible to put alka seltzer cold and cough into a humidifier and breathe in the medication instead of drinking it?

No: If want to active ingredients in alka seltzer to enter your body, using a humidifier will prevent this from happening. The medicine will not vaporize efficiently; it will be trapped in the humidifier itself. ...Read more

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I have been feeling like I am inhaling cold air for a week now in my lungs/chest. When I breathe in really deep, I need to cough. No other pain.?

I have been feeling like I am inhaling cold air for a week now in my lungs/chest. When I breathe in really deep, I need to cough. No other pain.?

Cough on inhaling: May be reactive airways/asthma. You indicate it is like breathing cold air, which is a form of ashtma called cold induced asthma. May be allergy induced asthma. Would follow up with PFTs and pulmonary doctor. You may benefit from an inhaler. May also be related to gastritis or acid reflux causing reactive airways so can try ranitidine/ prevecid and see if helps. F/u w/ doc ...Read more

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I've been sick for a few days. When I breathe in deep I hear something rattling, then I cough up mucus;if not I start wheezing. What could this be?

I've been sick for a few days. When I breathe in deep I hear something rattling, then I cough up mucus;if not I start wheezing. What could this be?

Mgt: I would recommend monitoring your temperature, staying well hydrated, using nasal saline rinses to reduce post nasal drip. If you are wheezing or having bronchospasm, then Albuterol is indicated. Please review your asthma action plan. A virtual appointment may also be scheduled. ...Read more

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Slight Chest pain when breathe in, slight cough, small amnt mucus. Indigestion type pain, pain shlder blades, nausea, diarrhoea, loss of apetite?

Exam needed: These symptoms could indicate pleurisy and pneumonia as part of a viral infection. I recommend that you be examined by a physician for diagnosis and treatment. Depending upon physical findings, a chest X-Ray as well as some blood tests may be ordered. In the meantime, take in adequate fluids to avoid dehydration. Tylenol should give pain relief. ...Read more

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When I breathe in or out I can feel a rattle deep in my throat. This does make me cough. I have asthma. My vocal range is also very limited now.?

When I breathe in or out I can feel a rattle deep in my throat. This does make me cough. I have asthma. My vocal range is also very limited now.?

See below: Coughing alone will give you hoarseness. Control the asthma, make sure that you don't have acid reflux or postnasal drip. The rattle is probably secretions from asthma or sinus problems. All of these should go away with proper treatment. If not, consult ent. And of course quit smoking if you do. ...Read more

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getting cough lately than yesterday chest hurt right across it like a band times it's hard breathe in or eat. Is this heart burn? Milk water help

getting cough lately than yesterday chest hurt right across it like a band times it's hard breathe in or eat. Is this heart burn? Milk water help

Probably you have: More than heart burn. You may have inflammation of the outer liniing of the right lung. Go to ER to get checked if you can not reach to your doctor by phone to consult. ...Read more

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I have a really bad cough for 2 days I can hardly breathe in deep or I go into a coughing fit im exhausted im coughing and throwing up blood so weak?

I have a really bad cough for 2 days I can hardly breathe in deep or I go into a coughing fit im exhausted im coughing and throwing up blood so weak?

Go to MD or ER: You say you throwing up blood and you are weak, that is bad. You may be weak because you are anemic and you should not wait to worsen. Go to your doctor now or to the er to be evaluated. ...Read more

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When I breathe in I get this burning feeling in top of chest, and tickling cough feeling. No phlem, xray clear, CBC good. No fever? But feel lousy

When I breathe in I get this burning feeling in top of chest, and tickling cough feeling. No phlem, xray clear, CBC good. No fever? But feel lousy

Need to look at meds: You underlying pots condition causes rapid heart rate and the meds are trying to slow it down, bu the meds are probably causing the symptoms.
Need to have the doctor reevaluate the need of the meds in your case, Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) is the issue. ...Read more