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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 fill out of breathe when i cough?

I fill out of breathe when i cough?

Beofre or after: Feeling out of breath makes you cough, and coughing fits make you out of breath. Either way, if the problem continues call your doctor to evaluate you. ...Read more

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I have breathe and cough problem, what to do?

I have breathe and cough problem, what to do?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable (up to 6 weeks) but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, then it is time to see the doctor. ...Read more

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When i lay down i fight to breath and it cause me to cough?

When i lay down i fight to breath and it cause me to cough?

Be seen: It sounds like you are accumulating fluid in your chest. You should be seen urgently. ...Read more

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I cannot take breath easily.Its coming hardly with cough.Is there any serious problem?

I cannot take breath easily.Its coming hardly with cough.Is there any serious problem?

Possibly: Shortness of breath is seen with many problems but always needs a prompt medical evaluation. It is difficult to say how serious a problem without additional information and this needs to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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I had been cough for two months.Now at between cough i can not breath and I have to try hard for breath and a noise during breath?

I had been cough for two months.Now at between cough i can not breath and I have to try hard for breath and a noise during breath?

Asthma but get x-ray: Asthma is probably the cause of your symptoms, but you need to have a chest x-ray to make sure you don't have an infection causing the symptoms. Also, we don't know much about you like if you smoke, what kind of work you do, or if you have been sick, etc. See an allergy specialist to have this worked up. ...Read more

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I have cough that wont go away,and its hard for me to breathe, i feel like its getting worst at night, and it wake me up in the morning.

I have cough that wont go away,and its hard for me to breathe, i feel like  its getting worst at night, and it wake me up in the morning.

Chronic cough: You may have reactive airway disease or asthma. You may also have upper respiratory tract allergies with post-nasal drip when you lie down which irritate your throat and cause coughing. Try an antihistamin to see if it helps. If the cough is productive of phlegm and there is fever, you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I've got a very painful pain on my right side, it started yesterday and slowly got worse, when I breath, cough, or even lay down its very painful now ?

I've got a very painful pain on my right side, it started yesterday and slowly got worse, when I breath, cough, or even lay down its very painful now ?

Go to Emergency Room: If is in your abdomen, you could have appendicitis. Please go to the Emergency Room and rule this life threatening diagnosis out. If it is in your chest there are several possibilities as well. Best to get checked out immediately! ...Read more

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Hard to breath. I have no mucus just hard to breath. I don't have a cough ?

Hard to breath. I have no mucus just hard to breath. I don't have a cough

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See a Dr!: Depending on the level of difficulty, you may need to go to the ER, or at least give your Dr a call! Sometimes people can have a heart attack, and their only complaint is difficulty breathing, so don't ignore this! If it is just mild difficulty and has been developing gradually it is probably not an emergency. Things like emphysema, adult onset asthma can also cause difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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When I cough are either laugh .. Not when I breath though .. But my ribs feel sore?

When I cough are either laugh .. Not when I breath though .. But my ribs feel sore?

Clarification needed: What happens when you cough or laugh but not when you breathe? If you can re-ask your question and include this information, I can probably answer your question. Thanks!!! ...Read more

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What do I do if I cough I have hard times breathing or catching my breath after?

What do I do if I cough I have hard times breathing or catching my breath after?

Short of breath: Please see a doctor/ urgent care today you may need an inhaler and or steroids. You may have a cough that is an asthma equivalent and need treatment for asthma or it just may be post infection you need treatment airway hypersensitivity post infection which presents like asthma but will resolve. of you may have reflux causing an asthma like state f/U today you need treatment ...Read more

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When I cough, I can't seem to breathe properly for couple of minutes. Is this normal?

When I cough, I can't seem to breathe properly for couple of minutes. Is this normal?

Not usually: It can be a sign of asthma, which is characterized by bronchospasm, or the tightening of muscles around the airways. When a person coughs or laughs too much or exercises quickly without warming up, these muscles tighten, and can cause some temporary difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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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

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I have a really horrible cough. And when have a coughing fit i can't breath I have to try and take deep breaths. This started after a cold.

I have a really horrible cough. And when have a coughing fit i can't breath I have to try and take deep breaths. This started after a cold.

Cough: Hello, your coughing fits could be a reactive bronchitis or possibly even a pneumonia. It's a good idea to see your doctor. A chest x-ray and a careful examination will help form a diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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I've got a dry/tickling cough that's persistent enough that every breath I take can trigger it. What's the best thing I can do to break it?

I've got a dry/tickling cough that's  persistent enough that every breath I take can trigger it. What's the best thing I can do to break it?

It depends on why: you have the cough. If you cough every time you take a breath, then it is pretty serious. If you have bronchitis, you need to be seen by healthcare provider to get proper treatment. Some cough drops (e.g. Ricola) or cough syrup can help. If you cough because you have severe acid reflux, or cancer, or runny nose/allergies, then you should treat the underlying condition first. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and woke up this morning with my chest feeling heavy, minor cough and its alittle tough to breath at times. What do you recommend I do?

I'm 18 and woke up this morning with my chest feeling heavy, minor cough and its alittle tough to breath at times. What do you recommend I do?

Breathing tough: if you woke up the difficulty breathing and have a cough, there is a good chance you are suffering from a case of asthma like symptoms. If you have never had this problem before, you will need to see your doctor for the diagnosis and treatment. He/she will need to listen to your lungs to determine what is going on. This is necessary so you can be provided with the correct treatment. ...Read more