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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 had Upper GI , ultra sound, pain upper left side. Lots of indigestion, clearing throat and cough. Doctor found Hitnal hernia and maybe a nerve ?

I have had Upper GI , ultra sound, pain upper left side. Lots of indigestion, clearing throat and cough. Doctor found Hitnal hernia and maybe a nerve ?

Hiatal hernia: Sx u are describing sound like hiatal hernia wth reflux.This is when portion of stomach pooches thru the hole in diaphragm where your esophagus would normally be. When this happens food and stomach acid can wash up the esophagus and go into the lungs, esp when lying down. This causes coughing, choking and of course indigestion. Best to eat small meals and not to eat late at nite,ask MDfor antacid. ...Read more

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What causes lots of thick phlegme that is difficult to cough up , can it be silent reflux , i don't have indigestion?

What causes lots of  thick phlegme that is difficult to cough up , can it be silent reflux , i don't have indigestion?

Thick phlegm: Inhaling dirty air, with particles or smoking tobacco or mind altering substances (pot) can cause phlegm. Also allergies can cause trouble. Chronic infection can also be a cause. It is time to get a check up and a chest xray. ...Read more

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Mild indigestion, chest pain, cough, dizziness with weakness My husband thinks i have the flu..do i need to go to the er or can i see dr monday?

Mild indigestion, chest pain, cough, dizziness with weakness My husband thinks i have the flu..do i need to go to the er or can i see dr monday?

Viral illness or ?: Indigestion, cough, chest pain, dizziness and feeling weak can be signs of serious heart problems/ heart attack. If you have mild fever, or sore throat, or exposure to flu, it could be just a viral respiratory infection. As a 40 y.o. woman, your risk of heart disease is low but not 0. If you have risk factors (smoking, high BP, high cholesterol, fam history, diabetes) see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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I've been feeling rlly bad for almost 2 weeks. Fatigue, nausea in morning, indigestion, dizziness, light headed & starting to cough sometimes?Not mono

I've been feeling rlly bad for almost 2 weeks. Fatigue, nausea in morning, indigestion, dizziness, light headed & starting to cough sometimes?Not mono

See a doctor: This needs a full detailed evaluation by a professional face to face. Bring with you a chronological list of each and every symptom you have experienced and provide a full history and allow a physical exam and possibly some laboratory testing. Could you be pregnant? Go and get seen. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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I have constant post nasal drip tickle cough till I throw up & indigestion at night and feel like I'm going to throw up too. GERD? Cold? 320lbs PCOS

I have constant post nasal drip tickle cough till I throw up & indigestion at night and feel like I'm going to throw up too. GERD? Cold? 320lbs PCOS

Good food: The easiest way to improve digestion, reduce weight, cholesterol, PCOS is by completely stopping grains, lentils, potatoes based items. Also avoid milk protein (milk, yogurt, cheese) since it causes insulin resistance and hormone imbalance Healthy food items such as eggs, fish, chicken, meats, vegetables, some saturated fat (butter, coconut oil), olive oil are very effective. Take probiotic daily ...Read more

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Light pressure in right side of chest, been on n off since Friday, fine over night. indigestion (burping) and a slight cough altho not frequent?

Light pressure in right side of chest, been on n off since Friday, fine over night. indigestion (burping) and a  slight cough altho not frequent?

Right side chest: Possibilities include some esophageal dysfunction,bronchial or lung pathology or even tension of muscles in the rib cage. If symptoms persist your physician will take a thorough history, examine you with special attention to the rib cage and lungs. Appropriate tests will be ordered and possibly a referral to a gastroenterologist will be made. ...Read more

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Slight Chest pain when breathe in,slight cough, small amnt mucus.indigestion type pain,pain shlder blades,nausea,diarrhoea,loss of apetite?

Slight Chest pain when breathe in,slight cough, small amnt mucus.indigestion type pain,pain shlder blades,nausea,diarrhoea,loss of apetite?

Exam needed: These symptoms could indicate pleurisy and pneumonia as part of a viral infection. I recommend that you be examined by a physician for diagnosis and treatment. Depending upon physical findings, a chest X-Ray as well as some blood tests may be ordered. In the meantime, take in adequate fluids to avoid dehydration. Tylenol should give pain relief. ...Read more

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Does functional dyspepsia or IBS cause a dry cough after eating? Or is it more likely to be reflux?

Does functional dyspepsia  or IBS cause a dry cough after eating? Or is it more likely to be reflux?

A dry cough: is not typical of functional dyspepsia. Functional dyspepsia is defined by the ROME III guidelines as upper abdominal pain, burning, fullness, getting full easily. Dry cough can be a subtle sign of GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease. ...Read more

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I have heard that heartburn medicine can cause a cough. Is this true?

I have heard that heartburn medicine can cause a cough. Is this true?

Possible, but...: I suppose it's possible, but laryngopharyngeal reflux (acidic stomach contents irritating the voicebox and throat) can cause cough and this is typically treated with heartburn medications such as Prilosec or other similar medications. Treatment takes time to work, so it's conceivable that a patient could be taking this kind of medication and still coughing. ...Read more

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The cough returned. I have heard that heartburn medicine can cause a cough. Is this the kind of cough it causes?

More often improves: If heartburn from reflux, more likely the stomach acid can make it up to irritate the airway and cause cough--so antacid (h2 blocker / ppi) can help reduce this acidity and reduce the cough, not cause it. ...Read more

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It feels like heartburn. What can cuz the heartburn feeling and make me cough up blood? I'm 40 yr old male. The symptoms are getting worse. I am concerned. I have woke up 2 times today having a coughing spell and blood coming up. I need an answer please.

It feels like heartburn. What can cuz the heartburn feeling and make me cough up blood? I'm 40 yr old male. The symptoms are getting worse. I am concerned. I have woke up 2 times today having a coughing spell and blood coming up. I need an answer please.

Hello. : Hello. If you are vomiting up blood it could be from your stomach or your esophagus (which might both cause pain that feels like heartburn). Additional sources of blood could be the sinuses or nose. If you vomit up dark coffee ground like material that is likely to be a gastrointestinal bleed. With the combination of abdominal pain and bringing up blood, this needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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I was having chest pain 3 days in a row this week and am wondering what some possible causes are. I have heartburn issues and had a bad cold and cough?

I was having chest pain 3 days in a row this week and am wondering what some possible causes are. I have heartburn issues and had a bad cold and cough?

Noncardiac chestpain: Given your history of heart burn and recent upper respiratory tract illness those are the two most likely causes of your chest pain. If the pain occurs when you take a deep breath or cough, then it's respiratory. ...Read more

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Suffering with heartburn for5days & developed wheezing & a dry cough for3 days. I generally feel unwell. Im a healthy weight, eat healthily & exercise?

Suffering with heartburn for5days & developed wheezing & a dry cough for3 days. I generally feel unwell. Im a healthy weight, eat healthily & exercise?

All from heartburn: Heartburn can mimic asthma and allergies and produce a cough through something called laryngopharyngeal reflux, which is an extension of gastroesophageal reflux (fancy name for heartburn). Hopefully treatment of the heartburn will make everything else go away as well. Try Prevacid or Nexium (esomeprazole) OTC for a week and if all's not well after that go see your PMD. ...Read more

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Dr says I've GERD. I don't have classic heartburn. I've chest discomfort but not pain & a chronic cough ?

Dr says I've GERD. I don't have classic heartburn. I've chest discomfort but not pain & a chronic cough ?

GERD: There are two types of acid reflux: 1) Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is when acid refluxes from the stomach to the esophagus. Symptoms include heartburn, chest bloating, and regurgitation 2) Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is when acid refluxes from the esophagus to the throat. Symptoms include cough, throat fullness, voice change, and feeling like you have to gulp twice to swallow. ...Read more

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I'm 34wks pregnant. Is it ok to take halls cough drops? It's been about two weeks and i've been taking Zantac (ranitidine) for a week so it's not r/t my heartburn.

I'm 34wks pregnant. Is it ok to take halls cough drops? It's been about two weeks and i've been taking Zantac (ranitidine) for a week so it's not r/t my heartburn.

IMHO, Yes: Halls cough drops should be perfectly safe in pregnancy, unless you had some unusual sensitivity to one of the ingredients. If you took them before you were pregnant, they should be fine now. ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty swallowing. The following also describe me: Cough and Heartburn (GERD). What should I do?

I am experiencing  difficulty swallowing. The following also describe me: Cough and Heartburn (GERD). What should I do?

Gastroenterologist: See a gastroenterologist, may recommend an endoscopy or an Xray test called a barium swallow (or both). There are a number of causes for difficulty swallowing and this should be investigated, especially at your age. ...Read more

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What could cause a pulling sensation in my abdomen when i cough? Also have nausea, heartburn & weight loss

What could cause a pulling sensation in my abdomen when i cough? Also have nausea, heartburn & weight loss

Cough etc.: 1: I would start by going to your pharmacy and let them help you find the best over-the-counter cough medicine. 2: Please see your doctor as soon as possible. If there is a delay for a few days you should probably go soon to the local Emergency Room. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion = Difficulty ...Read more