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What is coughing n not being able to breathe called?

What is coughing n not being able to breathe called?

Dyspnea.....: Shortness of breath is called dyspnea. Coughing associated with difficulty breathing can be due to a multitude of disorders including acute or chronic bronchitis, copd, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, bronchospasm, etc. Shortness of breath can be due to a life-threatening condition so see your doctor or go to the er for evaluation and treatment. If you smoke, your doc can help you quit. ...Read more

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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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Have not being able to breath very well?

Have not being able to breath very well?

See an MD: Having difficulty breathing is always a troubling symptom. See an md to have a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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What would cause my lungs to have the urge to always inhale deeply and not be able to exhale fully. Like there is a pressure forcing them to inhale.

What would cause my lungs to have the urge to always inhale deeply and not be able to exhale fully. Like there is a pressure forcing them to inhale.

Airway disease: You could have symptoms of obstructive lung disease/ reactive airway disease. E.G. Asthma, bronchitis. Have a spirometry done in your dr's office to check these out. Take care. ...Read more

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Can you suffocate if you have a great deal of phlegm in your throat that your not able to cough up?

Can you suffocate if you have a great deal of phlegm in your throat that  your not able to cough up?

Possible: Increased amounts of phlegm/mucus could cause issues with breathing. For example, some people in the hospital setting for example with underlying emphysema or pneumonia, etc. May require suctioning of the mucus to prevent issues. If you are 94 and having increased mucus with trouble breathing, you should get checked by a dr. Asap. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I constantly have the feeling of not being able to take a deep enough breath unless i force myself to yawn which is also difficult what can this be?

I constantly have the feeling of not being able to take a deep enough breath unless i force myself to yawn which is also difficult what can this be?

Several possibilitie: It can be anything from force of habit to muscle tightness around the ribs to pathology within the lungs themselves. Many patients improve lung capacity with yoga stretching and breathing. You should have your doctor check your lung capacity just to be safe. ...Read more

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When you listen to the lungs of an ex-preemie, do you define "clear lung sounds" differently than with a kid without bpd? please explain.

When you listen to the lungs of an ex-preemie, do you define "clear lung sounds" differently than with a kid without bpd? please explain.

Clear means clear...: Clear lung sounds means the doctor does not hear the sounds of wheezing (as in asthma), stridor (as in croup or a narrowed airway), rhonchi (as in rattling mucus globs), etc... However, some patients with chronic lung disease (some are preemies, many are not) have lungs that never sound completely clear. One's regular doctor knows this, and might say "clear lung sounds" to mean no new bad sounds. ...Read more

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How do I learn to exhale fully if I have asthma? I'm able to inhale fully but when exhaling my lungs seem to stop. Exhalation technique i can use?

How do I learn to exhale fully if I have asthma? I'm able to inhale fully but when exhaling my lungs seem to stop. Exhalation technique i can use?

Treat asthma?: Good morning, asthma is a disorder in which the airway shrinks in response to an allergen or an agent. Our lungs put our respiratory muscles to action and help to inhale stronger and get more oxygen, through an active process to open the airway. When you exhale only passive recoil of the muscles takes place, which is much less efficient. You need better medications; yoga practice may help. ...Read more

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I constantly have the feeling of not being able to take a deep enough breath unless i force my self to yawn which is also difficult what can this be?

I constantly have the feeling of not being able to take a deep enough breath unless i force my self to yawn which is also difficult what can this be?

Difficult to tell: From your description these are subjective findings and to answer your question would need more specific info. If you find that your breathing is affected by this suggest you see a pulmonologist and be tested appropriately. Best to do this earlier rather than later, since if there really is a problem it will be easier to rectify. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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What to do if I am 19, been to ER for inability to obtain full breathe, 100% o2 clear lungs and airway?

What to do if I am 19, been to ER for inability to obtain full breathe, 100% o2 clear lungs and airway?

Anxiety?: I'm not an md but if the er cleared you, perhaps you are anxious about something going on in your life. Are you in college? Working? Starting on a new adventure in life? Under a lot of stress? All these can make one feel as if they can't catch a breath. Try yawning. Sounds silly, but it's a great way to feel the breath through your entire body. Try exercising and/or using relaxation techniques. ...Read more

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Can a patient have real shortness of breath if they are still able to breathe using only their nose? I cannot tell the cause of my chest discomfort.

Yes.....: You can be short of breath while breathing through your nose. The combination of chest discomfort and shortness of breath can be due to many things, including serious conditions that can be life-threatening, like heart disease, blood clots, bronchospasm, etc. In order to be certain there is nothing serious going on, you need to see a doctor ASAP! Go to the ER, especially if feeling worse ...Read more

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I have to take deep breathes or yawn to breathe properly, I have indigestion, is the indigestion making it difficult to breathe?

I have to take deep breathes or yawn to breathe properly, I have indigestion, is the indigestion making it difficult to breathe?

Hyperventilation: The symptoms seem to represent air hunger which often is caused by hyperventilation. Relief can be achieved quickly by rebreathing air in a paper bag (simply seal a paper bag around ones nose and mouth, breathing in and out for 1-2 minutes; by breathing a high concentration of carbon dioxide, one corrects the blood's alkalosis cause by hyperventilation). The symptoms are relieved quickly. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia make you not be able to catch your full breath sometimes? Where you have to yawn in order to be able to breath all the way?

Can a hiatal hernia make you not be able to catch your full breath sometimes?  Where you have to yawn in order to be able to breath all the way?

Possible, unlikely : This could happen with large hiatal hernias, also known as paraesophageal hernias, however these are rare in patients under 40. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I often read about accepting your anxiety and allowing it to be present and will heal you. I find it very difficult to do sometimes. ?

I often read about accepting your anxiety and allowing it to be present and will heal you. I find it very difficult to do sometimes. ?

Yes, the very nature: of anxiety suggests that we are either cognitively or biochemically fearful of something. With social support or books you can gently but firmly face the fear little by little. You can maintain and spiritual beliefs you have but use mindfulness meditation or Eastern philosophies to help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Feeling unable to breath or knowing that you stopped breathing in sleep.. What is this called?

Feeling unable to breath or knowing that you stopped breathing in sleep.. What is this called?

Sleep Apnea: In the deepest sleep level (stage 4) muscles relax and the tongue can fall back and obstruct airflow into the lungs. Breathing motions persist but no air gets in..The body's o2 level drops until it stimulates the brain to make you partially wake up. Sleep apnea's danger comes from the low oxygen level causing heart problems as well as chronic sleep deprivation since you never sleep deeply. ...Read more