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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

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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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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My 8 months is having cold, cough and fever any home remedies to overcome his cold. Can I give zertac for cough.

My 8 months is having cold, cough and fever any home remedies to overcome his cold. Can I give zertac for cough.

8 month URI: For the fever over 101 degrees, you need to give acetaminopen or ibuprofen (each is 5 ml per 20 pounds). Zyrtec (cetirizine) will dry up his runny nose but may or may not help with the cough. Try some warm tea with a little sugar, humidifier. ...Read more

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Yawning to catch my breath- shortness of breath. Albuterol inhaler doesn't help. At night wake up gasping for air. What kind of doctor should I see?

Yawning to catch my breath- shortness of breath. Albuterol inhaler doesn't help. At night wake up gasping for air. What kind of doctor should I see?

Prego -short breath: If you are pregnant and on several medications, you first must be sure you are healthy for the pregnancy and be sure to have your OB doctor okay any medication. If your health is okay then some of your symptoms may be anxiety based and you should talk to your family doctor about this, to diagnose and give you assistance. ...Read more

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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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Natural remedy to have a good night sleep im suffering with anxiety and panic attacks specially during night time when its time for me to sleep?

Natural remedy to have a good night sleep im suffering with anxiety and panic attacks specially during night time when its time for me to sleep?

Sleeping is so impor: Try easy remedies-like turning off your computer, video games and tv at least an hour before you sleep. Also do not eat two hours before you sleep. If you like read a book or try meditation. Also so not exercise close to bedtime. Hope some of these suggestions help you. All the best. ...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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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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Shortness of breath.Chest pain.Hight blood pressure.Reflux.Burping all the time.Asthma drugs do not work.6months locked in my home. Voice fail. Help?

Shortness of breath.Chest pain.Hight blood pressure.Reflux.Burping all the time.Asthma drugs do not work.6months locked in my home. Voice fail. Help?

Doc: You have multiple symptoms that may indicate pulmonary, cardiac, or gastrointestinal problems. See a doc to get these symptoms checked out. ...Read more

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Feels like I struggle to breath / shortness of breath only when am trying to sleep ? Then in deep sleep no one can wake me?

Feels like I struggle to breath / shortness of breath only when am trying to sleep ? Then in deep sleep no one can wake me?

You need: to have a "sleep study" it's just a thought but you may be having episodes of SLEEP APNEA...Discuss this with your PCP as soon as practicable! Hope this is helpful! Dr Z ...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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Can you suggest some home remedies for breaking up chest congestion when you have a cold?

Can you suggest some home remedies for breaking up chest congestion when you have a cold?

You bet: Vit c 1000 mg twice a day, oil of oregano one cap twice a day , steam inhalation with euclyptius oil, rub vicks on back and front of chest, econacea tea or thraflu tea. Zinc lozenges. ...Read more

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Can crying trigger asthma attacks in asthmatic infants? My 7mo doesn't sleep on her own and I fear CIO methods due to vomiting and wheezing.

Can crying trigger asthma attacks in asthmatic infants? My 7mo doesn't sleep on her own and I fear CIO methods due to vomiting and wheezing.

Controller med: Your baby does need to be seen by a specialist. Wheezing at this age may be due to a number of conditions. Crying and increased respiratory effort may be the result of the asthma. If the baby wheezes often, a controller medication such as pulmicort nebulized solution is used. This is an aerosol form of a steroid. Virtual consultation available via HealthTap. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies i can try to help soothe my asthma symptoms..Such as wheezing or breathlessnes, other than using my inhaler?

Are there any home remedies i can try to help soothe my asthma symptoms..Such as wheezing or breathlessnes, other than using my inhaler?

Inhaler is best: Quick-relief medication like albuterol is preferred way to get relief from asthma symptoms. It helps to stay calm, relax, remove yourself from asthma triggers (if present) it's controversial, but yoga can help with breathing relaxation. ...Read more

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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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I had pneumonia in dec2017 and was admitted... it's not Feb 2018 and i wake up unable to breathe and have a really painful cough... what is happening?

I had pneumonia in dec2017 and was admitted... it's not Feb 2018 and i wake up unable to breathe and have a really painful cough... what is happening?

Go to ER: You need to be seen immediately. If you are found to have pneumonia again, more investigation will be needed to find out the reason why (mold exposure, immune defect etc). ...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. ?

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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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 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

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Strong palpitations and unable to breathe, dizzy, sweating,could this be a panic attack it lasted for five mins and was over?

Strong  palpitations and unable to breathe, dizzy, sweating,could this be a panic attack it lasted for five mins and was over?

Yes: But could also be related to another heart conditions,depends on what causes the panic attack? Were you stressed? If yes then probably it is panic attack,if No,then you need to get checked by a cardiologist,as sleep apnea can sometimes exhaust and weaken the heart muscle. ...Read more

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What is a breathing machine for? What could make someone unable to breathe on their own?

What is a breathing machine for? What could make someone unable to breathe on their own?

A ventilator: A ventilator assists In cases where someone is unable to breath effectively on their own, for any of a number of reasons, trauma, stroke, head injury, unconsciousness, emphysema, heart failure, pneumonia, major surgery, need for heavy sedation, severe infection (sepsis), drug overdose, spinal injury, rib fractures, neurologic conditions such as ALS or multiple sclerosis, there are many others ...Read more

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I wake up unable to breathe properly if i lay on my back, is this problem?

I wake up unable to breathe properly if i lay on my back, is this problem?

The inability to: breathe is ALWAYS a problem especially if it wakens you and I would stringly recommend you consult your doctor TODAY or if unavailable head to the ED right now or call 911 ...Read more

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My granddaughter, 16, is having spells of being unable to breathe... Once in class at school and once while cheering as a cheerleader..?

My granddaughter, 16, is having spells of being unable to breathe... Once in class at school and once while cheering as a cheerleader..?

Could be anxiety: Your granddaughter could be having anxiety attacks, but needs a general health checkup with her physician too. If all is well physically, then consultation with an adolescent psychiatrist could help her. There are helpful talk therapies and medicines too if these are needed. Good luck to you and your granddaughter. ...Read more

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Actually my wife is experiencing breathing issues where she seems to be unable to breathe at the end of her seizures. What is happening?

Actually my wife is experiencing breathing issues where she seems to be unable to breathe at the end of her seizures.   What is happening?

Seizure breathing: In a typical "grand mal" (generalized whole body convulsion) all of the muscle go into sustained contraction, which means, among other things, that the breathing muscles of your chest and rib cage no longer work. Thus a seizing patient is going without adequate oxygen during the period of contraction. When the contractions stop it is normal for the patient to be gasping as part of recovery. ...Read more

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I am unable to breathe deeply because when I do my abdomen on my right side hurts. Not sure what to do. I have VA Insurance.

I am unable to breathe deeply because when I do my abdomen on my right side hurts.  Not sure what to do.  I have VA Insurance.

Cholecystitis: I would get it checked out immediately if the pain is that severe. My guess is this is related to your gallbladder, but it could be appendicitis, pneumonia, or a perforated ulcer. ...Read more