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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 have a tough head and chest cold...Should I skip my aerobic exercise?

I have a tough head and chest cold...Should I skip my aerobic exercise?

Probably: If you have chest congestion, a cough, or a fever, you are probably best avoiding strenuous physical or aerobic activity. This can aggravate your already compromised lungs and worsen your problem. ...Read more

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Do i need anti-biotics? I have just had a cold/flu and I am left with a chesty cough, my chest hurts and when i cough I do bring up while flem

Do i need anti-biotics? I have just had a cold/flu and I am left with a chesty cough, my chest hurts and when i cough I do bring up while flem

Probably not: If you don't have a fever, it's unlikely that you have pneumonia, which would require antibiotics. Otherwise, colds and bronchitis should not be treated with antibiotics, because they're caused by viruses.. ...Read more

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I have a runny nose and a chesty cough. I know I have cold. But why am i feeling so very cold? I cold to the core and can't warm up!

I have a runny nose and a chesty cough. I know I have cold. But why am i feeling so very cold? I cold to the core and can't warm up!

Part of infection: One of the responses body has to infections is to raise the temperature. To do that body often reduces blood flow to periphery and induce shivering both of which cause a feeling of being cold. Taking an antipyretic like Acetaminophen or Aspirin may help. Drinking warm liquids will help too. ...Read more

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I have a headache my neck hurts. Im coughing I keep getting hot then cold and I'm so tired. Do I have the flu?

I have a headache my neck hurts. Im coughing I keep getting hot then cold and I'm so tired. Do I have the flu?

Possibly: Treat your symptoms. If you fail to respond or improve, be examined. All the best. ...Read more

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How do I know if I just have a head cold with a cough and not walking pneumonia? I don't have a fever. I have a slight sore throat.

How do I know if I just have a head cold with a cough and not walking pneumonia? I don't have a fever. I have a slight sore throat.

Chest x-ray...: The only way to diagnose so-called "walking pneumonia" is with a chest x-ray. Symptoms are usually milder and so patients can walk around with it unaware that's what they have. It is usually due to a viral etiology so antibiotics are often not needed or even helpful. ...Read more

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I started to have running nose and headache this afternoon, my muscles are soared and I have a fever, don't know what to do. I got worse ?

I started to have running nose and headache this afternoon, my muscles are soared and I have a fever, don't know what to do. I got worse ?

Probably resp infect: I don't know how old you are. If you are an adult you may take Tylenol (acetaminophen) extra strength 2 tab every 6 hours as needed for fever or aches and pains and if not better see PCP in the morning. Sounds like you are getting flu or a respiratory infection ...Read more

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I have cold been coughing and sneezing when i cough i feel serious pain on my sides and chest. i have bought cough syrup don't know what to do.

I have cold been coughing and sneezing when i cough i feel serious pain on my sides and chest. i have bought cough syrup don't know what to do.

See doctor: It is likely that you have chest pains from all the coughing - this can be helped by ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen). It is possible that you have bronchitis or pneumonia, especially if you have fever, shortness of breath or sputum production. If that's the case the you should see your doctor or go to an urgent care for evaluation. ...Read more

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I just went swimming at the beach and swallowed salt water now I am coughing and have a sore throat. What should I do? I also have allergies n asthma

I just went swimming at the beach and swallowed salt water now
 I am coughing and have a sore throat. What should I do? I also have allergies n asthma

Time: There is nothing special to do for small volume salt water inhalation. Salt water can be irritating but your body/lungs and throat will be fine in a few hours. ...Read more

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I inhaled to much bleach and now I have a sore throat and a cough. What do I do?

I inhaled to much bleach and now I have a sore throat and a cough. What do I do?

Chemical irritation: This is a chemical irritation to your respiratory tract from the bleach. Here's some things to try: use nasal saline spray every 3-4 hours, warms salt water gargles, throat lozenges, cough syrup, take ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen). Drink lots of water and avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoke. If this is not resolving or if you develop fever or shortness of breath see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a stuffy nose, and I have a cough where it hurts my chest and i cough up phlegm. I need this gone by friday night please! any remedies?

I have a stuffy nose, and I have a cough where it hurts my chest and i cough up phlegm. I need this gone by friday night please! any remedies?

No magic bullet.: Whether one can get rid of your symptoms depends on the cause. An otc antihistamine/decongestant or afrin nasal spray for no more than 5 days may reduce the nasal congestion. If this is a long-term issue, be sure to see your doctor. ...Read more

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After the cold I still cough for month do I have bronchitis? If I do what do I do other than go dr. I cough with my troat irritation and lot a mucus

After the cold I still cough for month do I have bronchitis? If I do what do I do other than go dr. I cough with my troat irritation and lot a mucus

Bronchospasm...: This cough is most likely the result of bronchospasm occurring after the initial infection has resolved. This type of cough may require bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. See your doctor so this can be evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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Should I exercise/ do sports if I have a stuffy nose and sinus infection?

Should I exercise/ do sports if I have a stuffy nose and sinus infection?

Should be safe..: as long as you don't have systemic symptoms like fever and as long as you can breathe clearly. On the other hand, if you truly have pink eye as described in your profile, you should stay home until your symptoms clear up, as this is highly contagious. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am just getting over a nasty cold, and whenever I cough, I get a horrible taste in my mouth. Should I be worried?

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I am just getting over a nasty cold, and whenever I cough, I get a horrible taste in my mouth. Should I be worried?

Post-nasal drip: A common cause of bad taste is post nasal drip, which involves mucus secretions from your nose and throat. Successful treatment of the post-nasal drip will usually clear up the bad taste and other symptoms. See GP for evaluation. ...Read more

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My throat hurts and I have a running nose. I'm also starting to cough what do I have and how can I get better?

My throat hurts and I have a running nose. I'm also starting to cough what do I have and how can I get better?

Common cold: What is most common is most common. The rhinovirus can cause the secretion, run down the back of the throat, cause irritation and sore throat and cough. That is the yes scenario. I don't know your other symptoms so best is to see your md for evaluation and get the right treatment. Up to 90% of upper respiratory infections don't require antibiotics, just symptomatic treatment. ...Read more

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I am coughing and my chest and throat hurt, along awith my whole body. Do I need to see a family practice? I am 15 weeks pregnant and I think its bronchitis

Yes: You should see your family doctor. It might be viral but you should be checked to make sure no other complications like wheezing. You should also check yourself for fever. ...Read more

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Yeah, i just recently developed a bad cough and every time i cough my neck and chin get really itchy and i don't know why. Help please.

Yeah, i just recently developed a bad cough and every time i cough my neck and chin get really itchy and i don't know why. Help please.

Nerve: The irritation of the nerve that lies in your bronchial tubes is transmitted through the other nerves reaching the ones that supply your chin and your neck. This the principle that lies in the theory of treating cough by stimulating the skin nerves with vicks rub or like substances. The impulse from the skin nerves is transmitted through nerve conduits to the ones that supply bronchi. ...Read more

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Common Cold (Definition)

Also called an upper respiratory tract infection (URI), this is a condition where the nose or throat is infected by a virus, causing redness and inflammation, runny nose, ...Read more