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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've had a cough for ages (longer than 3 weeks.) sometimes it is very hoarse but mostly it's a tickle. Any ideas as to what this is?

I've had a cough for ages (longer than 3 weeks.) sometimes it is very hoarse but mostly it's a tickle. Any ideas as to what this is?

Many things: Could be many things and would need to know more about your situation, the list includes but is not limited too: atypical pneumonia (mycoplasma), asthma, reflux, allergies, post nasal drip, smoking, medications, persistent bronchial infection, and many more. ...Read more

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I was sick with a cold 3 weeks ago and I still have a hoarse cough. Shouldn't it be gone by now? It's a phlemy cough that won't go away.

I was sick with a cold 3 weeks ago and I still have a hoarse cough. Shouldn't it be gone by now? It's a phlemy cough that won't go away.

See your doctor.: Cough may linger for weeks after a cold. If it lasts longer than 3 weeks and productive of colored phlegm with other symptoms, treatment may be needed. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Hoarse voice, small cough little bit of mucus, what to do?

Hoarse voice, small cough little bit of mucus, what to do?

Hoarse: If greater than three weeks, have ENT take a look at your vocal cords. Otherwise voice rest, no smoking, no alcohol, drink a lot of clear fluids, no throat clearing ...Read more

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I've had a dry cough for more than two months now accompanied with Hoarseness, what can be causing this?

I've had a dry cough for more than two months now accompanied with Hoarseness, what can be causing this?

Many things: The hoarseness could be the result of your cough. Difficult to say what is causing it without information about other medical conditions, smoking, and associated symptoms. Possibilities include infection (bacterial or viral), bronchitis or pneumonia, cancer, foreign body, heart problems, drug reactions, and upper abdominal or even esophageal problems are but to name a few. See the Dr. ...Read more

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Someone in my family has a hoarse voice and sometimes a dry cough but he coughs quite loudly when he does but then does not cough for long time after?

Someone in my family has a hoarse voice and sometimes a dry cough but he coughs quite loudly when he does but then does not cough for long time after?

How long has the: Hoarseness been present? If a significant period of time (months to years)), he needs to be seen by ENT Dr. To be sure vocal cords are ok. ...Read more

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Hi yes I wanted to know what it mean when I start coughing my cough sounds like a hoarse and also it sounds dry and I cough up some dark Gary mucues a?

Hi yes I wanted to know what it mean when I start coughing my cough sounds like a hoarse and also it sounds dry and I cough up some dark Gary mucues a?

Mgt: If you have been coughing for more than three weeks, I would recommend an evaluation. Testing may be ordered which may include a chest radiograph and TB test. Do you have asthma? nasal drainage?
A virtual appointment may be booked online. ...Read more

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I am experiencing fever, cough and hoarse voice.

I am experiencing fever, cough and hoarse voice.

SymptomaticRx/Doctor: You can take Tylenol for fever and over the counter cough medicine but if the fever is high, you have yellow or green phlegm, and your symptome get worse then see your doctor. Most likely you have a viral Upper Repiratory infection and most of these are self limiting. ...Read more

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What would you do to get rid of a cough and hoarse voice?

What would you do to get rid of a cough and hoarse voice?

Voice rest: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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How quick would symptoms of foreign body aspiration show? Occasional cough or hoarse voice sx?

Aspiration: Depending on what was aspirated, symptoms can start almost immediately. ...Read more

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Progression in the past 6 days of cough from dry croup-like to hoarse deep phlegmy. More frequent now.

Progression in the past 6 days of cough from dry croup-like to hoarse deep phlegmy. More frequent now.

Worsening Cough...: Cough can be due to a number of conditions. A common cold or upper respiratory tract infection is probably the most likely cause, but poorly controlled allergies, asthma, and/or GERD can also cause issues with persistent cough. Try symptomatic management. See your primary doctor for further workup if persists. Might require a chest x-ray if symptoms concerning for pneumonia. ...Read more

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What can I do for hoarseness? I sing in a quartet and a choir. I cannot reach the peak of my high notes as I have usually done. I get a cough in between breaths. What should I do?

What can I do for hoarseness? I sing in a quartet and a choir. I cannot reach the peak of my high notes as I have usually done. I get a cough in between breaths. What should I do?

Voice rest: The simple at home remedy is to rest your voice for 3 days with no singing, no speaking excessively. You should work on more hydration with 6-8 glasses of water/day, humidification in the bedroom, and avoid bad habits like throat clearing. Ultimately, if this is a long term problem, you should see an otolaryngologist for a fiberoptic laryngoscopy or video stroboscopy to evaluate your vocal cords. ...Read more

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1year has a high temperature, barking cough, noisy breathing, hoarse voice?

1year has a high temperature, barking cough, noisy breathing, hoarse voice?

Go to your doc or ER: Don’t know how high the temp is, but at that age viruses and bacteria are serious health threats and need to be evaluated right away, Pertussis, enteroviruses, Strep, all can cause serious illnesses, have the little guy looked at now!! ...Read more

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I find that every year arround this time I get hoarse and a dry cough I have season allergy?

I find that every year arround this time I get hoarse and a dry cough I have season allergy?

Its possible: Some people do indeed have seasonal allergies causing hoarseness, cough. Sometimes runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes. You could also have a viral infection mimicking this symptom complex. Try over the counter allergy medicines and consider seeing a doctor if worsesn. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phlegm or mucus) (worsened by: lying down, at night).

I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phlegm or mucus) (worsened by: lying down, at night).

Cough: Cough is an extremely common symptom. More information is needed on duration of this cough to determine if it is acute or chronic. Do you have a history of allergies, asthma, or bronchitis? Have you been treated with anything? You need to see your primary doctor for a thorough history and physical exam. Treatment can be tailored to your needs based on further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a 2 month long cough and keeps getting worse, no meds or inhaler have helped. It makes it hard to breath and I keep getting a hoarse voice.?

I have a 2 month long cough and keeps getting worse, no meds or inhaler have helped. It makes it hard to breath and I keep getting a hoarse voice.?

Chronic Cough: You may need to see an ENT specialist, a pulmonologist and / or a GI specialist. Allergy, sinus infections, reflux or other conditions may all be involved. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phelgm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, in the evening, ...

Mgt: I would suggest an inbox consultation. How long have you had the cough? Is there a fever associated? IF there is nasal drainage, nasal saline rinses and a cough medication at night may help. If your cough has persisted for more than 3 weeks, please see your PCP. ...Read more

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I cough after eating certain foods and my voice is getting hoarse?

Concern: Vocal cord malfunction
can be related to aspiration and coughing and hoarseness!
? Smoker?
See ENT - otolaryngology. ...Read more

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I have a tickly cough, and a husky hoarse voice, also feel a little under the weather. Is this a common cold? I'm about to be induced will baby get it?

I have a tickly cough, and a husky hoarse voice, also feel a little under the weather. Is this a common cold? I'm about to be induced will baby get it?

Cough: This can be secondary to acid reflux which is common with the progression of pregnancy. try having some Tums (calcium carbonate) tablets, and see if it helps. If it is a cold it is unlikely the baby will get it. ...Read more

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My daughter is experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phelgm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, worse at?

My daughter is experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phelgm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, worse at?

It is not clear what: Your question is. Please re-submit with a question so that one of us can help you. Also, be sure to enter your daughter's age. Without more information, it sounds like she should be examined by her doctor. ...Read more

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It feels like I have a plug of mucus in my lungs and it won't cough up, and is causing hoarseness?

Cough: This is not unheard of, especially here in the pnw this year. Prolonged coughing and slow recovery can be normal this year. But, if you have not been to the doctor to see if you have pneumonia then it may be time.

Otherwise good hydration and rest is key. ...Read more

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My seven year old has a hoarse cough and his chest hurts when he has these coughing fits? Should he see his doctor or wait it out? Thank you

Depends on timing: If he has only had symptoms for a day or two then there is a high probability he has a viral upper respiratory tract infection. In that case his symptoms should improve within a few days. If he is having trouble breathing or if he has a high fever or if he is unable to eat or drink, these are all reasons to take him to the doctor right away. ...Read more