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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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I suffer from cough for last 15 years in winter. Difficulty in talking. No problem in summer. May it be cancer.

I suffer from cough for last 15 years in winter. Difficulty in talking. No problem in summer.  May it be cancer.

No: Cancer would not cause the seasonal symptoms you described. Cold can induce an allergic reaction in some patients. Some people even get asthma in cold weather. Try taking anti-histaminics, available in drugs stores without prescription. If that does not help,it would be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Month in asia. Cough phlegm, inner chest irritation often, cough often. Certain that usa Robitussin (guaifenesin) would fix. Meds here no effect. What can I do?.

Month in asia. Cough phlegm, inner chest irritation often, cough often. Certain that usa Robitussin (guaifenesin) would fix. Meds here no effect. What can I do?.

Cough and phlegm: If cough produces yellow-green phlegm, there may be a concern that the source of your symptoms may be a bacterial bronchitis that may require antibiotics. Frequent throat clearing, sense of foreign body in throat, mucous in throat mainly in am, and chest discomfort mainly after big meal or spicy meal implies acid reflux affecting throat for which prilosec/tums/reducing acid/sour in diet is best. ...Read more

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What can cause a productive cough mainly in the morning every day for about a month? Been to doctors, congestion not in lungs. Allergies or asthma?

What can cause a productive cough mainly in the morning every day for about a month? Been to doctors, congestion not in lungs. Allergies or asthma?

Check bedroom: Hi emily. There may be something in the bedroom that is an allegan. That can include your bedding, a feaher pillow or feather or wool blanket. Since the cough has been going on for a month, i would check your heating system. You may need to replace the filter, or clean the humidefier if you are using a humidifer or vaporizer make sure you clean them. Hopefully, symptoms will improve. ...Read more

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I heard many people with cough typically have a wet cough and that antihistamine would help in drying out mucus and stop the cough, is this true?

I heard many people with cough typically have a wet cough and that antihistamine would help in drying out mucus and stop the cough, is this true?

Wet and dry cough: Wet cough is usually real phlegm from the lungs that can be expectorated with expectorant and mucolytic. Dry coughs are usually postnasal drip, very little from above that are treated with antihistamines and othe remedies to prevent drip from the sinuses. There you go, the answer is different. ...Read more

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Dry and sometimes productive cough for more than 2 months, started after a viral in december. Cough lot more when outdoors. No other symptoms. Reason?

Dry and sometimes productive cough for more than 2 months, started after a viral in december. Cough lot more when outdoors. No other symptoms. Reason?

Cough: After viral illnesses there can be inflammation in the lung. This can be associated with a prolonged cough and worsening of underlying asthma. If the air is cold this can cause reactivity of the airway and cause cough in some individuals. Allergic patients with asthma can worsen when 1 or more triggering factors such as a viral illness and cold air combine. Prmg fax 858 259 9689 for rev of record. ...Read more

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I have continous cough just in winter, mild wheeze, productive sputum, came after nasal congestion agrrevate by exercise. What it the cause of cough ?

I have continous cough just in winter, mild wheeze, productive sputum, came after nasal congestion agrrevate by exercise.
What it the cause of cough ?

Possible Asthma: You need to have it checked as it happens every winter persistant episodes of cogh associated with wheezing suggest you may have asthma which is triggered in winter and causes cough and wheezing so consult your doctor and get it checked. ...Read more

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My mom has allergic cough since many weeks.Cough occurs oftenly and duration of cough is short. No medication is successful till now. Is this alarming condition?Mom feels dryness of mouth,due to which cough starts,her voice changes ofently.

My mom has allergic cough since many weeks.Cough occurs oftenly and duration of cough is short. No medication is successful till now. Is this alarming condition?Mom feels dryness of mouth,due to which cough starts,her voice changes ofently.

See doctor: There are many causes for coughing but the voice change does suggest that reflux may be the cause. However it is best for her to consult her doctor to get checked out for other potential causes for a chronic cough (asthma, TB etc). ...Read more

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Started allergy shots 8 months ago .is it normal to get throat infection or upper respiratory infection In fall with weather changing of dry weather?

Started allergy shots 8 months ago .is it normal to get throat infection or upper respiratory infection In fall with weather changing of dry weather?

Yes: Throat infections such as strep throat, and upper respiratory infections such as the common cold, are very common and affect everyone, including people taking allergy shots. Taking allergy shots does not prevent a person from catching contagious diseases like throat and nose infections. ...Read more

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My skin is peeling off in a powdered form(like dandruff) particularly in winter season. Local doctors says it is deficiency and no medicine. Medicine?

My skin is peeling off in a powdered form(like dandruff) particularly in winter season. Local doctors says it is deficiency and no medicine. Medicine?

Face?: This may be seborrhea, which can respond to topical antifungals such as nizoral, (ketoconazole) Eurax lotion which decreases the demodex which lives in the pores. Depending on efficacy this is a better approach than chronic steroid use which is only suppressive. In severe cases a trial of oral Nizoral (ketoconazole) may put this into remission. ...Read more

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Son has dry deep cough a lot last 3 winters persistent had 1 allergic react?On last spring could it be ashtmatic no other symptoms how best to treat

Son has dry deep cough a lot last 3 winters persistent had 1 allergic react?On last spring could it be ashtmatic no other symptoms how best to treat

It may be asthma: Persistent dry coughing may indicate constriction of the airways. There is a history of allergic reactions which place your son at higher risk for asthma. Your doctor can perform a lung function test with and without a bronchodilator to determine the response. ...Read more

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Every winter I get a severe cough in spasms that lasts for 4 months.seems to be lasting longer each year.not asthma test done.Antibiotics no good ?

Every winter I get a severe cough in spasms that lasts for 4 months.seems to be lasting  longer each year.not asthma test done.Antibiotics no good ?

Possibilities...: A cough that lasts for 4 months is by definition a chronic cough. Possible causes include bronchospasm, GERD, sinus disease. Each of these should be aggressively treated until the cough is controlled. The likely diagnosis is bronchospasm which can be treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Antibiotics are not needed since an infection would be shorter duration. See a lung doctor. ...Read more

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I hav talking induced dry cough that last for several weeks after exposure to cold air,air condition& after influenza infection.any help about reasons?

I hav talking induced dry cough that last for several weeks after exposure to cold air,air condition& after influenza infection.any help about reasons?

Reactive airways: Hello Tarek, Sometimes after a severe respiratory infection, the cough can linger for a few months. The airways can become inflamed and spasm. Certain triggers can cause this to occur including excessive talking, laughing and cold air. If it persists beyond a couple of months, you should see your local doctor to ensure that there is not another reason for the cough. Pamela Svendsen, MD ...Read more

Persistent Winter Cough (Definition)

Persistent winter cough is a symptom in which a person has a chronic cough during the cold weather season, with the cough going away when the warmer days of spring and summer arrive. "Winter cough" is an older term that ...Read more


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