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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

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phlegm or mucus) (worsened by: secondhand smoke) and I also have light fever.

I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phlegm or mucus) (worsened by: secondhand smoke) and I also have light fever.

Duration?: Assuming this is a condition which has lasted more than 3 months, you need to be checked for presence of asthma. If the duration is less than 2 weeks, it is more likely from a viral infection ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus) (worsened by: lying flat, worse at night) and nasal drainage.

I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus) (worsened by: lying flat, worse at night) and nasal drainage.

GERD?: Postnasal drips can cause a cough (usually from allergies) but so can acid reflux (which tends to worsen when lying down) If the cough is severe, one needs to consider whooping cough as well. Best to see your doctor. ...Read more

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My Daughter is experiencing fever (101.7-102 temp), cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phlegm or mucus) Does have asthma?

My Daughter is experiencing fever (101.7-102 temp), cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phlegm or mucus) Does have asthma?

? URI: And/bronchitis, given the symptoms, may still be viral, but needs to be seen by a doctor for possible need for Rx meds including antibiotics, meanwhile keep giving her controller medications and rescue medications as needed, together with fever reducer such as acetaminophen, good luck ...Read more

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I woke up yesterday with a cough and so sore to cough today I have a /hoarseness voice and coughing up brown phlegm I also quit smoking 2 days ago?

I woke up yesterday with a cough and so sore to cough today I have a /hoarseness voice and coughing up brown phlegm I also quit smoking 2 days ago?

Smoking: Smoke can paralyze the cilia that beat gunk from the airways out of our body. When you stop smoking they can become active again and start to move gunk out. Please hydrate well. Congratulations on decision to stop smoking. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, whooping sound when breathing in, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, exposure to secondhand smoke, worse at night). The following also describe me: Chest conge

I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, whooping sound when breathing in, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, exposure to secondhand smoke, worse at night). The following also describe me: Chest conge

Get checked: Non-productive cough that is wheezy and worsened at night or by respiratory irritants is likely asthma, but there are other possibilities (chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, etc) that are also worth checking out. See a lung specialist or your primary care doctor if you can't see a specialist without a referral. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, whooping sound when breathing in, with phelgm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, worse at night), wheezing (worsened by: breathing in cold air, psych

I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, whooping sound when breathing in, with phelgm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, worse at night), wheezing (worsened by: breathing in cold air, psych

Cough, wheeze: A dry hacking cough accompanied by inspiratory wheezing is consistent with a type of asthma. If it's associated with a recent respiratory tract infection, it may be a temporary asthmatic bronchitis rather then chronic bronchial asthma. I recommend that you be examined by a physician or pulmonologist for diagnosis and treatment. In the meantime remove all dust collecting objects in your bedroom. ...Read more

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Sore throat, headache and face pain. Hoarse voice. No cough. A chunk of brown reddish phlegm just came up my throat by itself. Should I see dr?

Sore throat, headache and face pain. Hoarse voice. No cough. A chunk of brown reddish phlegm just came up my throat by itself. Should I see dr?

May be a virus - but: For significantly sore throat w/ swollen tonsils/lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w/ this several times/day. You can gargle w/ Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w/ honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: blood in phlegm). The following also describe me: Chills, Wheezing, Hoarse voice, Aching muscles, Difficulty breathing through nose, and Body aches. What should I do?

I am experiencing cough (quality: blood in phlegm). The following also describe me: Chills, Wheezing, Hoarse voice, Aching muscles, Difficulty breathing through nose, and Body aches. What should I do?

Flu?: If these symptoms have been present for less than 2 weeks, they are likely from the flu. You may try tylenol for the body aches, and decongestant nasal spray for the nasal congestion (no more than 5 days). The blood in phlegm is likely from violent coughing which may require a Rx cough syrup. If symptoms get worse, persists >2 weeks, or a fever of over 103 develops, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I am experiencing fever (severity: moderate), cough (quality: blood in phlegm, barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phelgm or mucus) (worsened by: worse at night), sneezing, nose itch, runny nose and nasal congestion. The following also describe me:

I am experiencing fever (severity: moderate), cough (quality: blood in phlegm, barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phelgm or mucus) (worsened by: worse at night), sneezing, nose itch, runny nose and nasal congestion. The following also describe me:

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. If your symptoms have lasted more than a week, it is imperative that you see a doctor. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, worse at night). The following also describe me: Fatigue, Sore throat, Chest congestion, and Nasal congestion. What should I

I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, no phlegm or mucus, chronic cough) (worsened by: lying flat, worse at night). The following also describe me: Fatigue, Sore throat, Chest congestion, and Nasal congestion. What should I

Mgt.: A virtual appointment may be useful to you and to your PCP. You may have a flu like illness, the flu or another illness. Mostly likely this is a viral illness which should resolve in about three weeks. If you are experiencing fever, chills or respiratory difficulty, please see acute care. In the meantime, rest, fluids and monitor your temperature. The use of nasal saline may also be used. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been feeling unwell for the last 4 days. On/off fever, cough with thick and yellow phlegm, runny nose, hoarse voice and sore throat with difficulty swallowing.

Hi, I have been feeling unwell for the last 4 days. On/off fever, cough with thick and yellow phlegm, runny nose, hoarse voice and sore throat with difficulty swallowing.

Cold?: Sounds like a viral syndrome. Would treat with symptomatic fixes. Lots of fluids and stay hydrated. Ice blocks are perfect for this. Water, milk, juice, sports drinks are all good. As for the fever it is ok to alternate pamol every 6 hours with ibuprofen every 8 hours. Decongestants and anti-histamines will help with the upper resp symptoms. Rest chicken soups are also good. See Dr if not better in a few days ...Read more

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After weaning, 7M baby with dry cough x 2weeks (worse at night) hoarse, throat phlem stuck. On Singulair, (montelukast) not helping! Mom has same dry cough x 1week

After weaning, 7M baby with dry cough x 2weeks (worse at night) hoarse, throat phlem stuck. On Singulair, (montelukast) not helping! Mom has same dry cough x 1week

Mgt: It can take up to three weeks to recover from a viral illness. If her mom has a nasal swab to screen for respiratory viruses, this will be provide additional information. Other possible causes include pertussis, is there nasal congestion or drainage? If so, infant nasal drops and gentle suction can alleviate post nasal drip.
I would suggest an evaluation particularly if there is fever. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and productive cough with sever Hoarseness for four days. I'm on Imuran (azathioprine) from 6 month for Crohn's, what shall I do?

I have a sore throat and productive cough with sever Hoarseness for four days. I'm on Imuran (azathioprine) from 6 month for Crohn's, what shall I do?

Talk to your doctor: Imuran (azathioprine) or Azathioprine is a immune suppressing medication. This can increase you risk of infections. You should see your doctor ASAP for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I am coughing up green phlem and my voice is hoarse what could this be. Its been going on for 5 days?

I am coughing up green phlem and my voice is hoarse what could this be. Its been going on for 5 days?

Bronchitis....: You likely have bronchitis, an infection of the airways. It is usually caused by either a bacterial or viral infection. See your doctor so the exact etiology of the infection can be determined and treatment rendered. The hoarse voice can be due to upper airway inflammation from the infected sputum or the cough itself. Sometimes, a sputum culture is needed to determine the responsible organism. ...Read more

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I have been waking up and hacking up a lot of yellow phlegm...My voice is hoarse and this has been going on for 2 weeks... What should I do?

I have been waking up and hacking up a lot of yellow phlegm...My voice is hoarse and this has been going on for 2 weeks... What should I do?

See your doctor!: You may have acute bronchitis. Most cases of acute bronchitis are caused by viruses, but are typically gone after two weeks. You may now have a superimposed bacterial infection.

Your physician can help determine if you need a chest x-ray, antibiotics, or just more time.

Other things that could cause your symptoms include untreated acid reflux and post-nasal drainage. ...Read more

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Other than allergies, what else can cause me to have a hoarse voice for an hour? (sounding like I had phlegm in my throat, but can't clear it)

Other than allergies, what else can cause me to have a hoarse voice for an hour? (sounding like I had phlegm in my throat, but can't clear it)

Reflux: If you have recurrent hoarseness, post nasal drp with a clear nose, acid and or nonacid reflux disease could be a cause. People with this problem are frequently clearing their throat. ...Read more

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I lost voice suddenly on Father's Day. Hoarseness but 0 pain, 0 sore/scratchy, or SOB. Waking up w/coughViscous, bright red phlegm x2D. DX: SeroNeg RA,?

I lost voice suddenly on Father's Day. Hoarseness but 0 pain, 0 sore/scratchy, or SOB. Waking up w/coughViscous, bright red phlegm x2D. DX: SeroNeg RA,?

Mgt: I would recommend a visit with an ENT specialist and chest imaging if this has not been completed as yet. If you are currently coughing up blood, please go to the ED right away.
Do you have a history of smoking? ...Read more

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Started with sore throat, then hoarseness and now day 3 green phlegm. 99.1 temp. Feel ok. Throat not too sore. Should I see a dr?

May be: Try salt water gargles, saline nasal washes and a fever reducer/pain killer, together with rest and fluids, if no improvement in a day or two, see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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What causes your throat, when swallowing, to feel like a lump is in it and hoarseness, and a scratchy throat with a lot of phlegm?

See your doctor: Although that could have started as a viral upper respiratory infection, from you description there could be a secondary bacterial infection on top needing an antibiotic prescription ...Read more

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Runny nose for 1 week&now can't stop coughin feel like I have flem in my throat constantly and voice is hoarse &coughin up green phlegm for past 1 day

Runny nose for 1 week&now can't stop coughin feel like I have flem in my throat constantly and voice is hoarse &coughin up green phlegm for past 1 day

Post-nasal drip...: It sounds like you have a post-nasal drip which is causing bronchospasm which in turn causes the cough. A prescription steroid nasal spray in addition to antibiotics if your doctor thinks you have a sinus infection may be needed to get this cough under control. You may also need bronchodilator and steroid inhalers to treat the bronchospasm. See your doctor for evaluation/treatment. ...Read more

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Have flu/cold. Avelox 400 mg, 4th day, 2 litres of water plus 2000 mg vitamin C daily, bed rest 1 wk, but throat still hoarse, yellow phlegm. Why?

Have flu/cold. Avelox 400 mg, 4th day, 2 litres of water plus 2000 mg vitamin C daily, bed rest 1 wk, but throat still hoarse, yellow phlegm. Why?

Not a cold: Avelox is not a good antibiotic for the throat nor if as cold
Likely a penicillin, cephalossporin or a macrolide would be betr if required.
Criteria are for pharyngitis if fever, nodes & throat secretions then antibiotic if 1 of 3 no antibiotics required
hope it helps ...Read more

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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

Cough which ...Read more