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Doctor insights on: Fierce Severe Coughing I Now Have Pain In Axillary Area Whe I Cough Why

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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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On going cough 1 year CT scan showing borderline enlarged axillary nodes bilaterally. What does this mean.

On going cough 1 year CT scan showing borderline enlarged axillary nodes bilaterally. What does this mean.

Pulmonary consult: See an expert. You will need the following:repeat CT scan, pulmonary function tests, allergy testing. GERD testing, comprehensive blood work, TB testing and possible MRI-1 year is too long and worrisome. ...Read more

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My one year old daughter has had a temperature (axillary) of 100.8 5 days ago and today 101.5, slight runny nose and mild productive cough. Is this ok?

My one year old daughter has had a temperature (axillary) of 100.8 5 days ago and today 101.5, slight runny nose and mild productive cough. Is this ok?

Evaluation: I would have her doctor take a listen to her lungs as she may have a bacterial infection or another reason for the fever. Viral infections can be precursors to bacterial infections and a concerning sign is a fever persisting or increasing after so many days. ...Read more

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I am in 6th week of pregnancy. Now I got severe cough and cold.... Willl it affect babay or pregnancy?

I am in 6th week of pregnancy. Now I got severe cough and cold.... Willl it affect babay or pregnancy?

Most likely not: It is not the illness that is the problem. Your body's immune system should be able to take care of the cough and cold symptoms. The problem would be if you were taking medicines in order to deal with those. The placenta is an amazing barrier, however, when you're pregnant, limit yourself to tylenol/fluids/bedrest and other non-med support measures. Medication with pregnancy is a last resort. ...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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3yr old had 2 severe asthma attacks within 2 weeks. Now can't run without  getting very sob and cough. Has reliever 4hrly what else can I do?

3yr old had 2 severe asthma attacks within 2 weeks. Now can't run without  getting very sob and cough. Has reliever 4hrly what else can I do?

Review action plan: Typically when children are diagnosed with asthma, the goal is to obtain control of symptoms and to try to establish what may be triggering the episodes. Your child should have an "asthma action plan" that includes different types of medications used at different times that are used to help control symptoms. Become familiar with all his medications and review the plan with your child doc. ...Read more

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I have a severe deep and constant cough causing mucus what could this be? Its a constant cough feeling as if its coming straight from the lungs and there's thick mucus everytime...Ive had it for about a week now. What is it?

I have a severe deep and constant cough causing mucus what could this be? Its a constant cough feeling as if its coming straight from the lungs and there's thick mucus everytime...Ive had it for about a week now. What is it?

It: It isn't possible to diagnose your condition via this format. It could be a viral respiratory infection, pneumonia, bronchitis. A bacterial infection. Since it has been going on for a week without improvement, it is probably time to get it seen. In the mean time hydrate well and consider use of an over the counter mucolytic medication. ...Read more

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I need help! My dad seems to have this cough for what seems like weeks now and is not getting any better, even after being prescribed medications by his local doctor it still hasn't worked, and its a severe type of cough where he can't stop and not enough

I need help! My dad seems to have this cough for what seems like weeks now and is not getting any better, even after being prescribed medications by his local doctor it still hasn't worked, and its a severe type of cough where he can't stop and not enough

Chronic cough....: Possible etiologies of a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause (COPD, asthma, CHF, etc.)GERD, post-nasal drip, etc. Before a cough like this can be treated, it must first be diagnosed because each of these possibilities has an entirely different treatment. If your dad is smoking, he needs to quit ASAP to decrease airway inflammation. A lung doctor can help with diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a severe cough that only occurs at night, and lasts for about 2 hours, 3-4 hours after I have already fallen asleep -why? This has been happening every night for 2 weeks now. I have only been able to fall back asleep once awakened by the cough by t

I have a severe cough that only occurs at night, and lasts for about 2 hours, 3-4 hours after I have already fallen asleep -why? This has been happening every night for 2 weeks now. I have only been able to fall back asleep once awakened by the cough by t

Hello.: Hello. I can't diagnose the cause of your symptoms. However, since you are getting the symptoms when supine it brings up possibilities like post nasal drip or gastrointestinal reflux. You may wish to sleep with your head raised. This can be done with firm pillows or by placing an object under the mattress. It is important to hydrate well, to allow you to expel mucus. Something like tessalon perles is very simple and can cut down on coughing from post nasal drip. Sometimes codiene is prescribed for uncontrollable coughs. If this doesn't resolve soon, consider seeing your physician to determine the cause and from there can work on solutions. Take care. ...Read more

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Can my coughing cause brain damage? I had a bad cough and now I have severe migrianes

Can my coughing cause brain damage? I had a bad cough and now I have severe migrianes

Not brain damage: Coughing can be very distressing and have complications but should not lead to brain damage. Migraines also can be severe and there may be many triggers. The best approach is to have a specialist identify the trigger for the coughing. In that way, if the cough can be controlled, then there may be less migraines. ...Read more

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Severe pain under right rib was coughing and felt a pop now it hurts bad tender to the touch hurts when I breath or cough pain goes kinda deep.

Severe pain under right rib was coughing and felt a pop now it hurts bad tender to the touch hurts when I breath or cough pain goes kinda deep.

Broken rib?: Very vigorous coughing can actually fracture a rib. That might have happened. Alternatively, you could have suffered a dislocation of the joint where the rib meets the breast bone. An X-ray is needed to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a severe cough that has persisted for 3 weeks now, I cough up flem and it's hurting my chest, I can't go more then 2 minutes with needed to?

I have a severe cough that has persisted for 3 weeks now, I cough up flem and it's hurting my chest, I can't go more then 2 minutes with needed to?

Go to doctor: What we can tell you here is not enough for diagnosis and treatment. It seems you really have something going on needing more involved examinations and work up such as an xr and perhaps the need for antibiotics or lung treatments such as bronchodilator or even steroid. ...Read more

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I'm just recovered from severed flu. Now im still cough but not severe as before but im noticing there's few blood mixed with the mucus/sputum. :- (?

I'm just recovered from severed flu. Now im still cough but not severe as before but im noticing there's few blood mixed with the mucus/sputum. :- (?

Cough: The respiratory system was injured during the cough that you had while you were coughing very hard. This can lead to the mucous membranes bleeding a small amount and mixing with the mucous. If the blood becomes significant or continues, consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Age 64, never smoke. Severe acute cough 15 days ago, took Azythromycin. Now only cough mainly when lying down. Taking 1/3 Hydrocodone APAP. How to cu?

Age 64, never smoke. Severe acute cough 15 days ago, took Azythromycin. Now only cough mainly when lying down. Taking 1/3 Hydrocodone APAP. How to cu?

Another infection?: This might be more of an Acute Sinusitis followed by Bronchitis symptoms.
First, Azithromycin is only for 5-6 days, which is considered therapeutic for academic purposes, but usually takes 2-3 weeks of antibiotics to clear infection. Also, when lying down + getting a cough usually indicates that Post Nasal Drainage is the cause for the cough.
Advise warm compresses to face; nasal saline spray ...Read more

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Suffering from a severe cough the last 3wks. Already took amoxil (amoxicillin) n klacid but no result. Now I can't breath when coughing. What shld I do? New athma?

Suffering from a severe cough the last 3wks. Already took amoxil (amoxicillin) n klacid but no result. Now I can't breath when coughing. What shld I do? New athma?

ER: If you are experiencing shortness of breath, you should go to an er for evaluation and treatment. Many disorders can lead to shortness of breath, including asthma and many other things. Some causes of shortness of breath are life-threatening and even fatal so do not waste any time at home. Go to er for evaluation/treatment. ...Read more

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On antibx for pneumonia. Now pain in upper bk r side normal? Low grd temp, how long before this goes. Day 3 of meds also have asthma bron severe cough

On antibx for pneumonia. Now pain in upper bk r side normal? Low grd temp, how long before this goes. Day 3 of meds also have asthma bron severe cough

Depends: It all depends on the type of pneumonia you have and whether the abx is the correct one. Most abx, if it works, should be working in about 4 days or less. If not better, contact the doctor again to find out if another abx may be needed if at all. ...Read more

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I have had a severe deep barking cough with yellow mucus for three weeks now, it started when some started smoking around me. Having trouble breahting?

I have had a severe deep barking cough with yellow mucus for three weeks now, it started when some started smoking around me. Having trouble breahting?

Seek care: Trouble breathing is worrisome. It sounds like either asthmatic bronchitis (a bronchial infection triggering temporary asthma)or possibly even pneumonia.Please see a doctor today. If pneumonia you may need antibiotics. If asthmatic bronchitis an inhaler should help. Most bronchial infections are viral though you may be offered antibiotics. Umcka is an herbal medicine proven effective for bronchitis. ...Read more

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Endoscopy 6 years ago found severe erosion of esophagus, h pyloric and large amount of acid. Now have chronic cough for years, especially at night.?

Endoscopy 6 years ago found severe erosion of esophagus, h pyloric and large amount of acid. Now have chronic cough for years, especially at night.?

LPR...: Your chronic cough might be a symptom of LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux). This is caused by reflux and regurgitation of stomach contents and acid all the way up the esophagus until it spills over into the larynx and irritates the vocal cords and bronchial tubes. Treatment includes acid suppressive therapy with ppi type drugs e.g. Prilosec, along with diet and lifestyle changes. ...Read more

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7th day now- have cold & low temp - severe cough - now no voice - been taking alka seltzer severe flu - don't wanna over react - wait or go to dr?

7th day now- have cold & low temp - severe cough - now no voice - been taking alka seltzer severe flu - don't wanna over react - wait or go to dr?

Follow up: Over the counter medications are not very effective. I would recommend relieving congestion with nasal saline, keeping well hydrated and taking a tsp of honey. If your cough is severe, a follow up is recommended. If there is difficulty breathing /high fever, please see your physician. Most uncomplicated viral illnesses clear up in two weeks. Virtual appt can be made. ...Read more

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I have severe md and now a cough. Can't expel mucus due to trunk weakness. Should I take cough suppressants, or will that increase my pneumonia risk?

I have severe md and now a cough. Can't expel mucus due to trunk weakness. Should I take cough suppressants, or will that increase my pneumonia risk?

Cough: Do not take cough suppressants. You should be on a broncholytic like albuterol suppressing the mucus in your chest can only serve as a media in which germs can multiply. ...Read more

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Doc, pls I was exposd to perfumes 2weeks ago which left me with catarrh, gone now but left with a severe cough. I'm ttc pls what drug can I use 4 cough?

Reactive airways: Sensitivities to fragrances and other chemicals can trigger a variety of allergy type symptoms. A prolonged cough after such an exposure is suspicious for reactive airways (bronchoconstriction and excess mucous production). This type of cough requires specific Rx medications (inhaled albuterol and possibly steroids) but may improve some with Zyrtec, (cetirizine) an over the counter allergy medicine. ...Read more