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I can't stop wheezing and coughing. Could I have developed asthma?

I can't stop wheezing and coughing. Could I have developed asthma?

Yes: Persistent wheezing may be a sign of asthma, which should not be ignored especially during pregnancy as it can deleterious effects both on the fetus and mom. ...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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I used bleach and toilet cleaner together and now my chest feels heavy & I can't stop wheezing or coughing? Will I be okay? What should I do?

I used bleach and toilet cleaner together and now my chest feels heavy & I can't stop wheezing or coughing? Will I be okay? What should I do?

You have chemical: Inhalation toxicity. Please go to the nearest ER to be treated appropriately. In the future the use of a respirator mask is a must. Get well. ...Read more

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How can I stop persistent productive cough and wheezing? I have been suffering since 8 days.

How can I stop persistent productive cough and wheezing? I have been suffering since 8 days.

Depends...: Smokers, Asthmatics.......have to be treated differently. Without those hx or occupational exposure to dust/fumes....you should take a course of antibiotic like Augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) Guafenasin, Antihistamin...like Loratadine, Inhaler.....albuterol inhaler 2 puffs 3-4 times a day as needed. Change your tooth brush today. Drink some orange juice (Vit C), chicken noodle soup.......... will be better in 24hrs ...Read more

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I'm battling cough and colds his week. Why do I make whimpering and wheezing sounds when I sleep? How do I stop?

I'm battling cough and colds his week. Why do I make whimpering and wheezing sounds when I sleep? How do I stop?

Bronchitis, asthma?: Do you smoke? This could be from asthmatic bronchitis most likely affected from cold symptoms please see your primary care provider if the wheezing or noisy breathing persist after four to five days of cold symptoms. This could be sign of sleep apnea please talk to your primary care provider regarding this. ...Read more

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My husband has this cough and chest tightness that is getting worse. Cant cough anything up but no wheezing. Any suggestions?

My husband has this cough and chest tightness that is getting worse. Cant cough anything up but no wheezing. Any suggestions?

Needs evaluation.: His symptoms could be due to a primary lung problem, heart failure, pleurisy, allergic problem or other. It merits a thorough medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Wheezing&cough when I lay down. Cant breathe feels like an asthma. Usually last for 3 hours after I stand up. What could this be?

Wheezing&cough when I lay down. Cant breathe feels like an asthma. Usually last for 3 hours after I stand up. What could this be?

Let's see: Do you meant that you start to wheeze and cough only when you lie down, then this lasts up to 3 hrs after standing up? If so, this may be from acid reflux which often co-exists with asthma and makes asthma symptoms worse. See your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Bad cough, metallic taste, wheezing and mucus. Happens only at night. Lasts 5-10 minutes then stops. Inhaler doesn't help. What could be the problem?

Bad cough, metallic taste, wheezing and mucus. Happens only at night. Lasts 5-10 minutes then stops. Inhaler doesn't help. What could be the problem?

Sinusitis: Draining sinuses are a frequent cause of cough, worse at night when lying down. You may have an allergic sinusitis and could benefit from several treatments including nasal sprays. ...Read more

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When I go for a jog my heart beats way too fast and I get out of breath. No wheeze or cough & once I stop I'm ok. Part of my anxiety?

When I go for a jog my heart beats way too fast and I get out of breath. No wheeze or cough & once I stop I'm ok. Part of my anxiety?

Play it safe: Exercise causes a release of Lactic Acid which can cause your heart to race if you have panic disorder. About one third of panic patients respond to exercise in this way. I would still recommend a visit to a cardiologist to make sure the problem is not cardiac in origin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can it mean if you wheeze when you cough?

Can you tell me what can it mean if you wheeze when you cough?

Wheezing: Wheezing is a result of constriction of the airways in your lungs caused by contractions/spasms of the muscles around those airways. It can also result from increased secretions within those airways leading to partial obstructions and difficulty of air passage through them. ...Read more

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I've had an audible wheeze and cough for two weeks. I don' t feel ill but my husband is concerned. Any advice?

I've had an audible wheeze and cough for two weeks. I don' t feel ill but my husband is concerned. Any advice?

See a doctor: It could be due to any number of reasons bronchitis, allergy, reactive airway, asthma, etc. The important thing is to see a primary care physician asap. ...Read more

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Had a cough for weeks now with wheezing what should I do?

Had a cough for weeks now with wheezing what should I do?

Cough/wheezing: Indicates a need for you to see your doctor. He/she will diagnose what is going on which can be several things, e.g., a cold, an allergy, asthma, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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When you cough every day and have a distinct wheeze and bronchial secretions, what medications should you take?

When you cough every day and have a distinct wheeze and bronchial secretions, what medications should you take?

Persistant asthma: Guidelines say start w/ low dose inhaled steroid and as needed rescue inhaler (albuterol). Combo inhaler (advair symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) dulera) might be overkill, but could start w them and ease back when better. Singular less attractive unless allergy a problem too. Should get PFT to assess lung function, and follow up to check progress. Allergy testing for root causes. ...Read more

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I have had a bad dry violent cough for about 6-8 weeks now. What can cause this? Haven't been wheezing it just sort of started 7 wks ago

I have had a bad dry violent cough for about 6-8 weeks now. What can cause this? Haven't been wheezing it just sort of started 7 wks ago

Pertussis?: See your doctor. If you are not on a medicine that causes cough, and you don't have seasonal allergies, asthma or lung disease, a cough lasting longer than 8 weeks is likely to represent Pertussis (whooping cough). There is no treatment for pertussis unless caught in the first couple days, but there is an effective vaccination to prevent the next episode. Some things help symptoms. ...Read more

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Yes I had woke up this morning and have had a bad wheezing all day long and seem to be crueiy when I cough, I have never smoked but recently was told?

Question incomlete?: You have bad wheezing and you never smoked and you were told something recently
you definitely need to see your doctor, you may have COPD or a respiratory infection causing your symptoms. You need pulmonary function test and/or chest xray if indicated and properly treated with inhaled steroids and bronchodilaters. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Having a wheezing cough once every few months. As in 2 coughs and a wheeze and its gone. What can be the cause of this? I feel great and don't have all

Having a wheezing cough once every few months. As in 2 coughs and a wheeze and its gone. What can be the cause of this? I feel great and don't have all

Infrequent cough: This could be a mild case of allergies or mild case of asthma. If allergies are in your family then this would be more likely. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a cough and wheezing? I don't have asthma!

What should I do if I have a cough and wheezing? I don't have asthma!

Are you sure: Wheezing is evidence of reactive airways and/or inflammation. Some may have reactivity during respiratory illnesses and therefore would not carry the label of asthma. If more chronic, some degree of asthma may be the appropriate designation.

More important is to be evaluated to see if an acute or chronic medication can help your symptoms. ...Read more

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Everytime I laugh, I wheeze and cough. What is wrong with me?

Everytime I laugh, I wheeze and cough. What is wrong with me?

Asthma: Cough and wheeze with laughter can be a form of exercise induced asthma. I wonder if you also have problems with exercise? If so an inhaler can be prescribed which can be used either to relieve symptoms or before activity which may induce symptoms. ...Read more

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Will Symbicort help with wheezing when laying down and help with cough?

Will Symbicort help with wheezing when laying down and help with cough?

Perhaps but: Symbicort is meant to be a controller drug and thus should be taken twice daily regularly. Its optimal effects are at about 2 weeks. If this drug is right for you, it will prevent the wheezing at night. However if you only cough and wheeze when lying down, we need to consider acid reflux as a cause as well. ...Read more

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I have had a violent cough with clear, thick sputum and wheezing for five months. What's wrong with me?

I have had a violent cough with clear, thick sputum and wheezing for five months. What's wrong with me?

Chronic cough: Cough and wheezing are symptoms of asthma. These symptoms can follow influenza or other chest infection. Other less common conditions can also cause these respiratory symptoms. A lung specialist (allergist or pulmonologist) can review the symptoms, take a chest x-ray, sputum sample, lung function test and possibly other lab tests to accurately diagnose your problem and treat correctly. ...Read more

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A case of child 5 years old with history of eating green bean with sudden cough& audible wheezes after that.

A case of child 5 years old with history of eating green bean with sudden cough& audible wheezes after that.

? Choking vs allergy: This sounds like the child might have choked the food and food went to wrong passage i.e. Respiratory (lungs), known as aspiration. Sometime, food cause allergy and develop similar symptoms. If persist, please see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have had a productive cough for 2 weeks and I sometimes wheeze...I also smoke. Is this simply from smoking or something more?

I have had a productive cough for 2 weeks and I sometimes wheeze...I also smoke. Is this simply from smoking or something more?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include bronchospasm, acute bronchitis, gerd, post-nasal drip. The cough will worsen with ongoing inflammation from smoking so smoking cessation is vital. Treatment depends on diagnosis and your doctor can help with this. Good luck! ...Read more

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From last 6 months I am experiencing sudden cough with wheezing sound everyday which lasts for 20 minutes and go away. What can it be?

Sinus drip?: Good evening, sanderaika
sudden cough with a wheezing is likely due to a sinus drip triggering a reactivity of the airway. When anything, including the discharge from the sinuses enters the airway, the tubes try to shrink in order to keep the secretions from entering, which cause wheezing, and a sudden cough expels the drip that already found its way in. Taking care of the sinus drip will be good. ...Read more

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Have had a non-productive cough off and on for about 2 weeks. Not better or worse, and no other symptoms. Not wheezing. What should I do?

Have had a non-productive cough off and on for about 2 weeks. Not better or worse, and no other symptoms. Not wheezing. What should I do?

See doctor...: This could be a sign of bronchospasm which can be treated with bronchodilator inhalers. Some people have coughing instead of wheezing as a sign of bronchospasm. Other possibilities for your cough include post-nasal drip, GERD, bronchitis, etc. The only way to get diagnosed and treated is to see your doctor. You have been coughing long enough!!! Good luck!!! ...Read more

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I've had a non productive cough for a couple months along with wheezing. This happens more prominently at night and early mornings. Why??

Possibly reflux: A nonproductive cough may be caused by environmental triggers, medication, post nasal drip, or reflux, among others. Cough in the evening may occur from gastric acid reflux after eating a large meal, especially if alcohol is consumed. While lying down at night, the cough may get worse and may last into the morning. This remains true even in the absence of reflux symptoms. ...Read more

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Can xarelto bloodthinners cause wheeze and cough. I have been taking it for 4 months and cough etc has just started two weeks ago...thanks?

Can xarelto bloodthinners cause wheeze and cough. I have been taking it for 4 months and cough etc has just started two weeks ago...thanks?

Not known effect: Coughing and wheezing are not known side effects of Xarelto, but if you have been coughing and wheezing for two weeks, it’s a good idea for you to be assessed by your doctor to determine whether you have any complicated healthcare conditions - either from infection or (less likely) related to the condition for which you are taking Xarelto. ...Read more

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I was cleaning my bathroom using comet with bleach and the works cleaner. Now I have a cough and a wheeze. Kind of a squeak when I exhale.

I was cleaning my bathroom using comet with bleach and the works cleaner. Now I have a cough and a wheeze. Kind of a squeak when I exhale.

Irritation: You likely irritated the mucosa of your respiratory system. Those are some harsh chemicals. You should always make sure the area is well ventilated and that you wear gloves, mask, and eye protection when using products like those. It should get better with time. If you feel you are getting worse and begin having difficulty breathing, then go directly to the Emergency room. ...Read more

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Dry cough at night @10pm, 1pm almost 2mths. Colds gone, no wheezing, general dr check all ok. Lasting longer than post cold. Winter now here?

Dry cough at night @10pm, 1pm almost 2mths. Colds gone, no wheezing, general dr check all ok. Lasting longer than post cold. Winter now here?

Mgt: I would suggest being seen by a pulmonary specialist, or scheduling a virtual appointment online. He may have inflammation in the lung, and/or allergic reaction, a new infection or structural changes in the airway for example. A chest radiograph may be useful depending on more details. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...Read more