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My cough hasn't gone with antibiotics & inhalers. Leaves me unable to breathe. What is it?

My cough hasn't gone with antibiotics & inhalers. Leaves me unable to breathe. What is it?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include bronchospasm, which you are being treated for. Other possibilities include gerd, post-nasal drip or even a combination of factors. You should see your doctor again and perhaps add the treatment for one or both of these to see if your cough resolves and then meds can be taken away slowly to see if and when the cough recurs. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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What would happen if a regular size capsule pill went down into the airway? Would i just cough a lot or completely unable to breathe/talk?

What would happen if a regular size capsule pill went down into the airway? Would i just cough a lot or completely unable to breathe/talk?

Cough cough cough: The cough reflex is quite persistent and such an event would trigger a persistent and unremitting one. At some point, you might become exhausted pass out for a while.The pill could lodge in a smaller airway for a while, but the cough would return when you woke up. ...Read more

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My 7 mo girl is having cold and cough. She is unable to breathe easily due to nose block. ?

Nasal irrigant: You can instill saline into the nose with a dropper or a rubber bulb and thereby attempt to relieve the congestion. On the other hand, since her difficulty breathing may be to other factors, the best thing to do is to let your pediatrician take a look at her. Hope she is better soon. ...Read more

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My son has a recurring lump in his throat. Sometimes it cause him to be unable to breathe. He bark coughs constantly and brings up thick white mucus .

My son has a recurring lump in his throat. Sometimes it cause him to be unable to breathe. He bark coughs constantly and brings up thick white mucus .

If he's school age,: it can be from medical causes like allergies/asthma, neurodevelopmental disorders with chronic vocal tics or primary mental health disorders with anxiety & globus pharyngeus with or without gastroesophageal reflux. See his pediatrician for a history & physical that will determine what studies & referrals he needs. ...Read more

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Wake up in the middle of the night unable to breathe. Can't get air in or out. lasts a few seconds. Similar experience during the day. heart or other?

Wake up in the middle of the night unable to breathe. Can't get air in or out. lasts a few seconds. Similar experience during the day. heart or other?

Not heart: Not being able to move air is not the same as shortness of breath. It you really have a problem getting air in or out this sounds like obstruction . Are you sure this is not shortness of breath rather than not being able to move air in and out ...Read more