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2yr old has dry hacking cough, since november. Dr confirmed lungs clear. The same thing happens each year in winter. Would a humidifier help?

2yr old has dry hacking cough, since november. Dr confirmed lungs clear. The same thing happens each year in winter. Would a humidifier help?

Yes: It sounds like your child has an irritated respiratory tract. It 's great the lungs are clear. A vaporizer or humidifier often helps in winter months when the humidity is low. Also, you may want to try a dose of Diphenhydramine at bedtime (like benadryl). If the cough continues or worsens, check back with your doctor. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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No fever, hacking cough from upper chest area, no discoloration in cough discharge. My templrs hurt when coughing. Cough has been almost a week now.

No fever, hacking cough from upper chest area, no discoloration in cough discharge. My templrs hurt when coughing. Cough has been almost a week now.

Needs evaluation...: If this cough has not been any better or worse during a week it si time to get seen. There are many reasons for a persistent cough, in this case could be a complicated upper respiratory tract infection, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, pertussis. The only way to tell for sure is doing a detailed evaluation of what is going on and an exam. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with acute bronchitis & on antibiotics for 48 hrs. Still have low fever, hacking cough with chest pains when coughing. Should I be concerned?

Diagnosed with acute bronchitis & on antibiotics for 48 hrs. Still have low fever, hacking cough with chest pains when coughing. Should I be concerned?

BRONCHITIS: No. You just started your antibiotic for associated infection. You can also add later a control inhaler aside from your rescue inhaler. Drink plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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Finished week course of levaquin. Symptoms remain and now vomiting with diarrhea. Still hacking cough, chest stuff, bad throat. Flu or? Need Dr?

Finished week course of levaquin. Symptoms remain and now vomiting with diarrhea. Still hacking cough, chest stuff, bad throat. Flu or? Need Dr?

Mgt: There are several possible causes for your symptoms. The antibiotic that you took is a broad spectrum antibiotic which should cover most bacterial causes. If you have a fever despite treatment and a productive cough, you may need a chest radiograph.
I would suggest seeing your PCP to discuss a throat swab and further evaluation. Did you receive a flu vaccine this year? ...Read more

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UTI or kidney infection? I have foul smelling urine, urgency and frequent urination, nausea, headache, chest congestion, hacking cough.

UTI or kidney infection? I have foul smelling urine, urgency and frequent urination, nausea, headache, chest congestion, hacking cough.

Either/Or: Your symptoms could be either or, as the kidneys are part of the Urinary tract (Thus a UTI)...Be sure to get in to see the Dr. Have an exam and your urine at least tested to start the diagnostic process, so the best treatment can start. Get well soon. ...Read more

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Sinus infection twice followed by sneezing, runny nose chest pain swollen glands, hacking cough with thick green, white, dark yellow mucus. Cold?

Sinus infection twice followed by sneezing, runny nose chest pain swollen glands, hacking cough with thick green, white, dark yellow mucus. Cold?

Probably sinus: Your history suggests that you may be suffering from nasal congestion (most likely from allergies) leading to obstruction of the sinus drainage and then infection. Controlling the nasal congestion would be the first step (visit an allergist?). Later on a CT sinus and/or immune work-up may be pursued if indicated. ...Read more

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When I cough it feels like my right lung is going to explode out of my back?

When I cough it feels like my right lung is going to explode out of my back?

Cough: This may be a rib cage discomfort. Of more significance would be sharp chest pain on taking a deep breath. Other worrisome symptoms calling for an examination for pneumonia would be fever, chills, sweats, shortness of breath, heavy and discolored sputum and wheezing. ...Read more

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Feels like a stinging pain in right lung into back when cough or sneaze?

Feels like a stinging pain in right lung into back when cough or sneaze?

Pleuritis: Inflammation of the lining of your lung, or inflammation itself in the lung may cause this type of pain. See your health care provider to assure you do not have a bacterial infection causing your symptoms/inflammation, with coughing, so that if medications are needed, etc, you can start them and start to get better sooner. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm not sick, I don't have a cough however my right lung feels heavy and full but only when I'm laying down in bed... Help?

I'm not sick, I don't have a cough however my right lung feels heavy and full but only when I'm laying down in bed... Help?

See to see MD: It's difficult to ascribe a cause for that symptom. The only way to get an answer is to see your physician for an exam and a chest X-ray. ...Read more

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Cough + basal crackles in right lung. Is this the same as congestion? Please list causes? Thanks.

Cough + basal crackles in right lung. Is this the same as congestion? Please list causes? Thanks.

Fluid: Crackles are an exam finding that can only be heard with a stethoscope, and typically indicate fluid buildup within the lung tissue. The two most common causes are pulmonary edema (from heart failure) and pneumonia. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in right lung and my right shoulder blade when I cough.

Sharp pain in right lung and my right shoulder blade when I cough.

Lung or pleura: Any irritant of the lung or its tissue covering (pleura) can cause pain in the shoulder blade and lung. It could be a virus, bacterial infection (pneumonia), fungus, tumor or other irritant. It merits a careful evaluation by a cardiologist or pulmonologist. ...Read more

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I am weezing in my right lung only but when I cough I can clear out the mucus. Then is clogs again and I weez. Any idea?

I am weezing in my right lung only but when I cough I can clear out the mucus. Then is clogs again and I weez. Any idea?

See doctor...: You need your doctor to examine you to be certain that you are only wheezing on one side since sometimes the wheeze may be more prominent on one side but there is wheezing in both lungs. If you truly have a one-sided wheeze, that indicates obstruction in that lung and you would need a bronchoscopy to determine what is obstructing the airway like a mucous plug, foreign body, tumor, etc. Good luck! ...Read more

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Pain in upper right lung every now and then when breathe and moving, not strong, sometimes dry cough coming from lungs, smoker for 1, 5 year. 17 yrsold?

Growing pains?: Has your rib cage grows and your lungs expand, There are various unusual aches and pains associated. I highly recommend you stop smoking. Less than 25% of people smoke now a days and you are in the minority. A dry cough is particularly bad in such a young history of smoking. A chest x-ray might be valuable ...Read more

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Causes of 4 month cough besides asthma? Right lung pain but no fever. I don't smoke.

Causes of 4 month cough besides asthma? Right lung pain but no fever. I don't smoke.

Many: It is possible allergies are causing this persistent cough. Also any irritants like smoking, whether primary smoking or 2nd hand smoke. Severe reflux that is irritating the airway can be a cause. ...Read more

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Diagnosed pneumonia in right lung 3wks ago.1wk ago began having awful pain on left side where ribs are. Only hurts when I cough/sneeze/touch/move wrong?

Diagnosed pneumonia in right lung 3wks ago.1wk ago began having awful pain on left side where ribs are. Only hurts when I cough/sneeze/touch/move wrong?

Get evaluated.: A certain amount of pain where you're discussing could be considered normal as a result of the constant coughing associated with the pneumonia. However, if the pain is worsening at this point, there is shortness of breath, or presence of a fever at this point, you need to be seen in the ER. There can be complications of pneumonia such as empyema, or a consolidation of the infection. ...Read more

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Pain right lung and back with slight dry cough for 2 months. Had bloods & x-ray. All fine. Docs not too concerned. I am extremely worried lung cancer?

Pain right lung and back with slight dry cough for 2 months. Had bloods & x-ray. All fine. Docs not too concerned. I am extremely worried lung cancer?

Further evaluation: If you are a smoker further evaluation with a ct scan of the chest may be indicated; you should also consider asking your physician for referral to a pulmonary specialist for evaluation of the persistent cough. On a good note- cancer is progressive so the longer the symptoms remain stable the less likely cancer is the cause. ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, I have pain in my lower right lung since last 6 months. I am non smoker. Breathing is fine. No blood in cough. Is this lung cancer?

Hi Doctor, I have pain in my lower right lung since last 6 months. I am non smoker. Breathing is fine. No blood in cough. Is this lung cancer?

At 29, not likely: Firstly, you know that you are having pain in the lower right side of your chest. What you don't know is whether that pain is in your lungs. Pain from internal organs may be referred to other places - like gall bladder inflammation may be felt as pain the right shoulder. Am more concerned about your fears of cancer than any real risk. See your doctor for assessment and perhaps counseling. ...Read more

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I've had a fever, dry cough and a headache for 4 days now. I also feel pain in my right lung when I take a deep breath. I'm diagnosed with asthma.?

I've had a fever, dry cough and a headache for 4 days now. I also feel pain in my right lung when I take a deep breath. I'm diagnosed with asthma.?

Fever cough: Follow up with doctor/urgent care. may need antibiotics could be mycoplasma for which zithromax helps. The pain on deep breathing is likely pleurisy -inflammation of membrane around lungs (rarely PE doubt it, unless you smoke are on BCP and have family history) But f/u with doctor urgent care today ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, I have pain in my lower right lung. I am non smoker. Breathing is fine. No blood in cough. There is no weight loss. What can it be. Can?

Hi Doctor, I have pain in my lower right lung. I am non smoker. Breathing is fine. No blood in cough. There is no weight loss. What can it be. Can?

Pleurisy: Could be pleurisy which is essentially pain with breathing. Numerous causes-sometimes unable to isolate cause. Could be musculoskeletal which cause more symptoms with movement. Could try OTC analgesics/ application of heat/cold compresses. If no improvement in 36-48h or if symptoms worsen, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Wedge resection right lung 1/15/15. Still have chest tube in due to small air leak. Painful barking cough just started. What is it?

Wedge resection right lung 1/15/15. Still have chest tube in due to small air leak. Painful barking cough just started. What is it?

Nonspecific: Could be a normal reaction from the breathing tube you had during the surgery. Could also be an upper respiratory infection. Other than causing pain at the incision site, its probably not dangerous. Ask your doctor when he/she is making rounds, or at your next visit. Can try some cough suppressant in he mean time. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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3 wks ago went to urgent care w/a bronchial cough tha lasted 2 wks. X-rays looked clear. Got call today, found scar tissue on right lung. Means what?

X-Ray finding: You are looking at shadows. You have to look at a follow film in 6 month time to see if there has been any change in film. In the meantime, sit tight. ...Read more

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Chronic cough. Got an x ray: scar in right lung that pulls diaphragm? No follow up needed. How can he tell so sure?? Quit smoking 6 y ago. Have a PE.

See pulmonologist: Having a scarred lung and chronic cough in a former smoker with a history of PE is a complicated issue which should be evaluated by a pulmonologist. You need need a CT chest instead of just a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Cough, fatigue, shortness breath (one flight of stairs +60% heart rate), wheezing/rattling right lung only, slight pains in left rib and right back?

Cough, fatigue, shortness breath (one flight of stairs +60% heart rate), wheezing/rattling right lung only, slight pains in left rib and right back?

Go get evaluated: If you are feeling so bad with wheezing and you can tell the side of rattling of lung, you could have a pneumonia. It is best for you to be evaluated, go to er or urgent care so you can be treated appropriately. ...Read more

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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