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Wife has bad chest cold. Coughing yellow phlegm. Sore from coughing, lack of sleep. Takes citalopram and clonazepam for panic attacks, zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies. What to take now and when to get help. ?

Wife has bad chest cold. Coughing yellow phlegm. Sore from coughing, lack of sleep. Takes citalopram and clonazepam for panic attacks, zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies. What to take now and when to get help. ?

Symptomatic care: Most colds go away on their own and do not need medications, even with phlegm. Fluids, rest, tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain can all be helpful. Sometimes antihistamines like zyrtec can make getting secretions loose harder. Some folks feel vitamin c helps, and it likely will not hurt, but no great studies exist. Zinc lozenges may have a role. Get help for worsening shortness of breath, fever, lasts 7-20 days. ...Read more

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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 am suffering with cough, at the time of cough its very difficult to breath, the cough will be continously for 20-25 seconds?

I am suffering with cough, at the time of cough its very difficult to breath, the cough will be continously for 20-25 seconds?

Cough: Causes of cough can be allergic rhinitis, post nasal drip, acid reflux or cough variant asthma. It seems that you have cough and shortness of breath, it may indicate cough variant asthma. Are you a cigarettes smoker. You need evaluation by a physician who can do a office spirometry for asthma and listen to your lungs for wheezing. Inhaled medications may help. ...Read more

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What can a person on beta blockers do for chest wheeze, cough, phlegm when albuterol breathing treatments are contraindicated? How to clear out lungs?

What can a person on beta blockers do for chest wheeze, cough, phlegm when albuterol breathing treatments are contraindicated? How to clear out lungs?

Alternative: I don't know the contraindication to albuterol but there is Levalbuterol as alternative. In addition, an inhaled steroid is usually indicated for chronic lung problems. Revisit your bblocker as there are also more selective ones that don't induce bronchospasm. Talk to your doctor about these. And definitely try to see if you can get cough meds. Cough can induce wheezing. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why should a patient try to control coughing and gasping during thoracotomy?

Why should a patient try to control coughing and gasping during thoracotomy?

?: Generally, nobody is awake during a thoracotomy. It is done under general endotracheal anesthesia with a breathing tube in place. You do not want to wake up in the middle of the case and start coughing. That is what anesthesiologists are for. ...Read more

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How to cure continuous wheezing and breathlessness with fatigue for an asthma patient?

How to cure continuous wheezing and breathlessness with fatigue for an asthma patient?

See a doctor: Asthma can be managed effectively. You will most likely need various inhalers and possibly more. A lung function test is critical for accurate assessment of your condition. See a doctor right away. Allergists and Pulmonologists specialize in this condition. ...Read more

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Asthma. I'm unable to exhale fully and its causing symptoms of hyperventilation syndrome. Is there any breathing techniques i can learn to exhale?

Asthma. I'm unable to exhale fully and its causing symptoms of hyperventilation syndrome. Is there any breathing techniques i can learn to exhale?

There may be : Some breathing exercises that will help, but because your situation sounds severe, i would first make sure you have exhausted medication and environmental options. ...Read more

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I want to be adding oxygen to cpap for sleep apnea induced asthma attack at night as I have to us my asthma rescue med and have bad sideeffects from?

I want to be adding oxygen to cpap for sleep apnea induced asthma attack at night as I have to  us my asthma rescue med and have bad sideeffects from?

Review with doc 1st: Although this would seem to be an obvious help, please review your plans with someone who knows your case. Part of what keeps you breathing is the concentration of co2 in your blood and supplemental oxygen under the wrong circumstances could cause problems with your natural breathing drive system. ...Read more

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I have lung problem.Twice or three times a year during the night, shortness of speech, wheezing, mucous when cough.Help! please recommend medicine!

I have lung problem.Twice or three times a year during the night, shortness of speech, wheezing, mucous when cough.Help! please recommend medicine!

Asthma: Your episodes are consistent with nocturnal asthma. Bronchodilater inhalers would provide relief. See your physician to see if he/she agrees. Avoid dust collectors in your bedroom and any pets probably should be avoided also. ...Read more

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How to make breathing better in chf patient with flash lungs eddma? Sleep on elevated bed but sometimes gasp for air 90 spo2. Can't open windows for air in cold weather, home remedies to get more oxygen? Is the underlying cause renin/kidney issue?

How to make breathing better in chf patient with flash lungs eddma? Sleep on elevated bed but sometimes gasp for air 90 spo2. Can't open windows for air in cold weather, home remedies to get more oxygen? Is the underlying cause renin/kidney issue?

Ask your doctor for: You should be under the care of a Cardiologist so that your medications for CHF can be adjusted to keep your body free from any fluid retention. You may also benefit from bringing home an Oxygen cylinder which your doctor can order and his nurse or social worker can organize its home delivery. There is no other source of getting oxygen at home if and when you needed it urgently. ...Read more

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What is safest way to treat severe anxiety during pregnancy? Not allowed to exercise. Tried meditation and therapy cbt emt. Constant feeling of doom.

What is safest way to treat severe anxiety during pregnancy? Not allowed to exercise. Tried meditation and therapy cbt emt. Constant feeling of doom.

Zoloft (sertraline): I think that the safest and most time-tested medication in this situation would be zoloft (sertraline). All of the ob/gyn's that I have met have no problem with their patients being on zoloft (sertraline) during pregnancy. You should however discuss this with your ob/gyn and with whoever prescribes it for you. Best wishes. Also remember that severe anxiety itself may have negative effects on a pregnancy and therefore should be aggressively treated. ...Read more

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Can an anxiety attack cause you to cough to the point that you are gasping for air? Symptoms are, rapid heart beat, difficulty breathing.

Can an anxiety attack cause you to cough to the point that you are gasping for air? Symptoms are, rapid heart beat, difficulty breathing.

Yes it can: Yes, anxiety attacks can make you gasp for air ; have rapid pulse. However, you also need a medical evaluation for these issues since asthma and other causes can result in similar outcomes. Panic attacks can cause all kinds of physical symptoms -- but please don't jump to that explanation without complete workup. If it's indeed anxiety, please know there are excellent treatments! ...Read more

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What can cause low flowpeak and feeling of full lungs in morning other than gerd. Only time I need rescue inhaler. Take Flovent 2x day. Suggestions???

What can cause low flowpeak and feeling of full lungs in morning other than gerd. Only time I need rescue inhaler. Take Flovent 2x day. Suggestions???

Could be your asthma: Asthma can be triggered by allergens, and if you seem to be awakening with those symptoms the triggers could very well be in your home. Pets? Mold in central air/heat ducts? Dust mites? An ionic or HEPA air purifier in the bedroom might help your symptoms. ...Read more

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Have exercise induced asthma, currently I'll with a cold, Have non productive cough, urge to cough when I inhale deeply. Is this normal for cold?

Have exercise induced asthma, currently I'll with a cold, Have non productive cough, urge to cough when I inhale deeply. Is this normal for cold?

U R Wheezing: You are wheezing and should be taking ur rescue inhaler and an inhaled steroid. even when people have exercise induced asthma, they are more likely to have wheezing induced by respiratory infections, smoke and weather changes Get on your meds ...Read more

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How do you differentiate between COPD and asthma? Can stress on top of asthma, allergies, and panic attacks cause copd? I have trouble exhaling fully.

How do you differentiate between COPD and asthma? Can stress on top of asthma, allergies, and panic attacks cause copd? I have trouble exhaling fully.

Reversibility: Asthma and COPD overlap however asthma shows reversible pft changes where the changes with COPD are more fixed. In addition COPD is a disease mostly of older people who have been smokers, asthma can affect anyone including young people and is often associated with a hx of allergies. In some patients the tow disease coexist. Stress/anxiety make both worse but do not "cause" copd. ...Read more

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Dr. James Hocker
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