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I'm coughing a lot. .. What to do?

I'm coughing a lot. .. What to do?

See below...: I would recommend going to your primary physician For an evaluation. ...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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My neck cracks when I cough hard. I currently have bronchitis so I'm coughing a lot. It cracks 5/6 discs just above my shoulders. Potentially serious?

My neck cracks when I cough hard. I currently have bronchitis so I'm coughing a lot. It cracks 5/6 discs just above my shoulders. Potentially serious?

Take care of the: cough! Cracking doesn't mean anything more than articulation of the joint. The joint is moving! If it stops moving and you strain or injure it, then you'll have to have it treated! So take care of the bronchitis by visiting your PCP and getting an inhaler on board or more depending on what s/he finds out during the exam! ...Read more

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I have a cold with lots of mucous. I'm coughing a lot. My BP has elevated since I started taking herbal cough medicine or could it be the cold?

I have a cold with lots of mucous. I'm coughing a lot. My BP has elevated since I started taking herbal cough medicine or could it be the cold?

Bp: Your blood pressure could be driven up by the herbal medicine, the cold could conceivably do it too. After the cold is resolved be sure to make sure the pressure has returned to normal. If not you may need evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Been coughing a lot and today my Chest hurts when I cough..

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Been coughing a lot and today my Chest hurts when I cough..

Not surprising: After coughing for a bit it is not unusual for the chest to be sore. Helps for you to brace yourself with a cushion when you cough. If the cough gets worse you should see a health care professional. Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Past week I've been coughing a lot but a dry cough but plegm will come up with out me coughing and its really thick and it had blood in today?

Past week I've been coughing a lot but a dry cough but plegm will come up with out me coughing and its really thick and it had blood in today?

Time to see your doc: It could be a simple viral illness, but if you're having a productive with blood in it, you need to have an exam by your doc. They will listen to your lungs, get a better history and see if you need any imaging or medicines to help you get better. Best of luck! ...Read more

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My 4 year old has a lingering cough, lungs are clear, but he's been coughing a lot today. Will using the nebulizer help?

My 4 year old has a lingering cough, lungs are clear, but he's been coughing a lot today. Will using the nebulizer help?

Cough: Not always come from the lungs, could be his throat, sinuses ears or his nose, although cough could be the first sign of airway irritation and narrowing, you can still use the nebulizer with a bronchodialtor medicine if you have, if that doesn't help, see his doctor, whom you will need to see anyways for proper management after control of your son's cough, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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I have a bad cough. I have been coughing a whole lot due to phlegm. It’s been an hour and a half since I was coughing hard and now I feel nauseous. Could this be because of the coughing force that was used from me coughing a lot?

I have a bad cough. I have been coughing a whole lot due to phlegm. It’s been an hour and a half since I was coughing hard and now I feel nauseous. Could this be because of the coughing force that was used from me coughing a lot?

Or it could be from: Swallowing phlegm or from the primary illness itself that is causing you to cough. It might be a good idea to get checked out by a health care professional and treat the cough so you don't have additional problems. ...Read more

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My mother has been taking ceftum 250 mg thrice a day for her cough since saturday night bit she is still coughing a lot?

My mother has been taking ceftum 250 mg thrice a day for her cough since saturday night bit she is still coughing a lot?

Might not be bacteri: If the cough is from a viral process then antibiotics won't work and it justs need to run its course. Cough and sinus drainage are the lasts symptoms to resolve after a virus or bacterial infection. Ceftin (cefuroxime) adequately covers the common bacteria causing bronchitis, sinusitis, and pneumonia. It may also be nonbacterial inflammation which responds better to steroids. ...Read more

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My son is coughing a lot, just gave home vonteline and took zirtek few hours ago as per his doctor insteuctions anything can be done to relief cough?

My son is coughing a lot, just gave home vonteline and took zirtek few hours ago as per his doctor insteuctions anything can be done to relief cough?

Asthma: He should also start with his maintenance (steroid) inhaler tonight. You may repeat the ventolin again in 2 hours or if you have a nebulizer, give him an Albuterol Inhalation treatment. If there is improvement, you can continue with it or the venolin inhaler every 4 hrs. If no improvement, oral steroids will also help. If you do not have that, and he continues to cough hard, bring him to the ed. ...Read more

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7 y/o with? Asthma and tic disorder, coughing a lot, more at rest than when active (but happens both circumstances). Could the cough be a tic?

Yes: A child with previously know tic disorder may demonstrate new tics as he or she grows up. Most tics do not necessarily need to be treated. The key thing to evaluate is whether the coughing is causing any functional difficulties such as problems with speech or school difficulties. ...Read more

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I have been coughing a lot. Back of my neck hurts when I cough and my head is throbbing. Also weird pains all over head. Could this be from a cold?

Bronchitis: It could be bronchitis. That may be accompanied by sore throat, sinus symptoms and pain and runny nose which could be a cold accompanying bronchitis. Likely to be viral with no need for antibiotics. Take acetaminophen two to three times daily, drink fluids, rest and it should improve. ...Read more

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After inhaling bleach, I am coughing a lot, and when I do cough, I cough up something, too. Is this bad?

Bleach: First of all, do not inhale bleach! It is very irritating to the respiratory tract and causes inflammation and constriction of the airways causing a cough. ...Read more

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I've been coughing a lot and I wake up feeling like I got hit by a train. When I blow my nose or cough up mucus, it's brown. What could be wrong?

I've been coughing a lot and I wake up feeling like I got hit by a train. When I blow my nose or cough up mucus, it's brown. What could be wrong?

See a doctor: You may need a chest x-ray after a full exam. Need more info about whether you have had fever, chest pain, shortness of breath and so on. Please go see someone soon and start the new year out healthy., best wishes. ...Read more

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I’ve been coughing a lot since 12/9 ish. Cough has mostly subsided. Still not feeling great. I just started taking Azithromycin. Can I take other meds?

I’ve been coughing a lot since 12/9 ish. Cough has mostly subsided. Still not feeling great. I just started taking Azithromycin. Can I take other meds?

Cough: Hello, any fever or difficulty breathing associated with your cough? Are you a smoker? Allergies or acid reflux symptoms (like burning sensation in chest and food coming up)? These will help guide what next steps you can take for your cough when we know more. ...Read more

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Ascoril+ expectorant is it safe for my one year kid. He has cough and a runny nose. He is coughing a lot. Plz suggest a remedy.

Ascoril+ expectorant is it safe for my one year kid. He has cough and a runny nose. He is coughing a lot. Plz suggest a remedy.

Cold preparations: Cough and cold syrups are not recommended for children. The side effects are more likely to appear than any concrete benefits. A teaspoon of honey in a child over a year of age (avoid botulism) has been shown to help a cough. Increasing the humidity can also help. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I seem to be coughing a lot lately, and sometimes I feel like I need to clear my throat from mucus. The cough almost like wheezing. What should I do?

I seem to be coughing a lot lately, and sometimes I feel like I need to clear my throat from mucus. The cough almost like wheezing. What should I do?

Doctor can examine: A primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a cold (viral infection), a strep throat (bacterial and would need antibiotics), a sinus infection, allergies in the nose and sinuses, mucus or wheezing in the lungs (might need some asthma treatment), sinus symptoms related to other causes, etc... Since one can have one or more of these issues at the same time, a doctor's visit is recommended. ...Read more

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I have been coughing a lot and now my rib hurts under my shoulder blade and wraps around under my left breast. Hurts to move, cough and sneeze.

I have been coughing a lot and now my rib hurts under my shoulder blade and wraps around under my left breast. Hurts to move, cough and sneeze.

You've got pleurisy: Try taking some dayquil/nyquil combo for now. Ask your dt if s/he would recommend antibiotics and chest x-ray. Take care! ...Read more

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After coughing a lot and clearing my throat, I now have a bulge at the suprasternal notch when I cough or laugh. IS this a hernia?

After coughing a lot and clearing my throat, I now have a bulge at the suprasternal notch when I cough or laugh. IS this a hernia?

Sounds like it.: Consult with a surgeon, who can usually tell on physical exam whether or not you have an epigastric hernia. Sometimes, this could be a diastasis, or separation, between your rectus muscles. ...Read more

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I'm coughing a lot and my chest hurts flem is clear?

I'm coughing a lot and my chest hurts flem is clear?

Cough hurts but why?: You need the help if a doctor to find the causes of your cough. Please... ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with chronic cryptic tonsils and tonsils stones and made an appt to get my tonsils out. I just started coughing a lot. What's wrong?

May be unrelated: Cryptic tonsils and tonsil stones by themselves are not dangerous but they can cause some very annoying symptoms. Coughing is not necessarily a sign of tonsil stones. If the particles come out and tickle the throat it can sometimes cause a cough at that time. Otherwise, it might be a good idea to get checked for other causes of a cough - certainly do this before the surgery. ...Read more

Frequent Coughing (Definition)

There is no precise description, but if you are coughing enough where it's more then just clearing your throat several times a day and it happens with regularity, or interferes with other tasks, then u could define ...Read more