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Is There Something You Can Do For The Terrible Cough Associated With Emphysema
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
How to tell if hypertension is pulmonary hypertension or something else. Have mild weakness and shortness of breath but nothing major. Not very active?
PH: High blood pressure in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Pah is quite different from systemic hypertension which is assessed by cuff pressure in your arm. You should check with your physician to determine which you have. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Heard there's a bad sickness in children Goin stopin that is worse in ones with respiratory problems what is it n what are the symptoms?
Enterovirus: I believe you are referring to the Enterovirus strain that seemed to cause significant respiratory issues in asthma patients all over the country with many hospitalizations, and some deaths due to respiratory issues. In some cases there have been a series of pediatric patients that presented with neurological symptoms of muscular weakness/paralysis and it is thought to be attributed to this virus ...Read more
When you are having shortness of breath from dcm and heart failure is there anything you can do to help with this symptom?
Yes, typically: If your symptoms are due to becoming fluid overloaded, you may need your diuretic (water pill) adjusted. There are other medication changes which can also be made, depending on your blood pressure, etc. Sometimes people who are quite symptomatic from heart failure benefit from biventricular pacemakers. Also eecp can help some. If all measures fail, then may need to consider heart transplant. ...Read more
Do you still have GERD after treatment? Can chest pain and shortness of breath be a symptom that your med is not working?
Gerd: We don't cure gerd. Symptoms can recur or get worse. The symptoms are not specific and be those you mention. ...Read more
What is the difference between cardiac cough and cardiac asthma? Cough is not from medication or illness. Have it with talking. Have dcm.
No fever or any other symptom. Pain is also vanishing, only cough is there. And I am also getting into depression due to my illness.please help me?
With perthes disease what should you do if you are 19 yrs old and suffer from it. Is there any medication or type of food to help with the process?
Not much: It is very hard to answer you because we do not know how deformity happen the bone, if it is minor deformity the only thing to use medication for inflammation( motrin) stay fit weight is big factor in your case, wither you need any corrective surgery or not that depend on the symptoms you have. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Suffering from cough and cold and I can see blood in my sputum. Is it due to long cough in me or there is something else. ?
Blood in sputum: If it is streaks of blood and not clots, likely from coughing irritation. If it is clot/large amount of blood(teasppon pure blood) it is significant and you should seek immediate medical attention ( TB, cancer, blood clot). If coughing > 1 week with no improvement especially if smoker, > 40 , fever, allergies,shortness of breath, asthma, need attention. Followup with doctor /urgent care ...Read more
Hei. Is there any progress in the field of asthma? I im a pretty bad case and would like to do anything to get rid of the asthma and allergies combind
Yes: There is much research being done in the field of asthma including understanding the mechanisms, lung damage, etc. Right now we are limited in medications. What you see are variations of a few classes of drugs. They all work well when used correctly and conscientiously. It is not likely you can get rid of your asthma but it can be controlled. Talk over any concerns you have with your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If no other diseases are present, how fatal is it for a 58-year-old woman to have a combination of asthma and acute bronchitis at the same time?
Can you tell me is there any homeopathy medicine for asthma associated with sever allergic symptoms such as cold, sneezing, etc?
Yes, there are: Yes, there are over 500 homeopathic medicines (remedies) that help with various forms of asthma. However, to select the one most likely to help you, you need to let an experienced homeopath evaluate your case. To do this, s/he will be exploring for very unique, individual symptoms and looking at you in a comprehensive way. For homeopathic md's and do's: http://www.Homeopathyusa.Org/. ...Read more
What are other alternative treatment for lung cancer with extreme shortness of breath if the oxygen treatment is not effective as it used to be?
I want to asked any doctor that somebody suffering from cough and asthma whole day and have to used neubiliser always. Is there any remedy or not.
Asthma: Asthma is an inflammatory lung condition which is treated with various types of medications. When symptoms are occasional beta agonist inhaler helps( for example albutetol inhalers and nebulizer), but when symptoms are very frequent then other meds are needed like for example inhaled steroids. If having persistent symptoms and significant trouble breathing go to ed as soon as possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was diagnosed with a heart murmur.I sometimes get shortness of breath,but is there anything I should do, be aware of, or can do to help it?thankyou!
Heart murmur: There are many kinds of heart murmurs. Most are harmless, but some indicate significant problems. It isn't possible to answer your question without detailed information. Check with your docotr; she can advise you or, if necessary, refer you to a cardiologist. ...Read more
If no other diseases are present, is it fatal for a 58-year-old woman to have a combination of asthma and acute bronchitis at the same time?
Long term issue: Hpv is a member of a class of dna viruses that tends to stay in your system long term. Like a cold sore it can surface & disappear many tomes. The warts that some strains cause can clear spontaneously over a few years, be lasered off or distroyed by topical meds but they can return years later. ...Read more
I have COPD emphysema i cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?
COPD: is an obstructive airway disease. there is air trapping and your lungs cannot express mucus as well as normal lungs. Mucus production, ( even with different colors) is not abnormal. If you start having fevers or chills or increased Shortness of breath, see your doctor. Try your best to stop smoking altogether. ...Read more
I've had emphysema for 14 yrs and my pulmo used to readily prescribe antibiotics & cough meds when I was sick. My new dr won't prescribe either...why?
See below: I can't say for certain the reasoning behind his treatment decisions. However, most COPD exacerbations are caused by a viral illness, which are helped by antibiotics. But, we usually don't know for sure, so we prescribe antibiotics in case it's bacterial. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ten years ago, my Dr would readily prescribe antibiotics and cough medicine when I was sick, since I have emphysema.Why won't they now?
What is the strongest over-the-counter expectorant I have emphysema and my doctor doesn't believe in any sort of cough medicine ..
GG: Some patients feel that Mucinex (guaifenesin) which is glyceryl guaiacolate helps to thin the mucus and make it easier to cough out. The cough might be much better treated by one of the combination inhaled steroids-long acting bronchodilators available by prescription. Spiriva, also by prescription might also help. It may be time to see a pulmonary specialist. ...Read more
Had a cough for three months. Told was sinus infection. Didn't go away. Puke mucus every morning and cough all day. Emphysema runs in family?
Sinusitis and cough: Likely post nasal drip &isnusitis. May need 2 wk of antibiotics. Can be bronchitis and reactive airways to the dripping. Consider benedryl before bed x 2 wk zyrtec in AM,elevate head of bed so does not drip into sinus. & antibiotic, inhaler,. Emphysema mostly due to smoking & in older individuals ( rarely earlier in alpha -1 -antitrypsin deficiency) so very very unlikey. F/u w/ doc ...Read more
Chronic bronchitis: Do you smoke? If you do this is likely chronic bronchitis which is a direct consequence of smoking. Emphysema causes breathlessness, but not sputum production. Cancer of the head and neck can cause a feeling of mucus in your throat and so can lung cancer. You should be evaluated by your health care provider for these symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do I have copd?! emphysema? Almost 25. Wheezing. I'm quitting smoking after 8 years. Sob. History of anxiety. Cough that tastes bad. Doc says reflux
Unlikely: Not after 8 years, even 2 packs/day.Nicotine withdrawal slows gut=>constipation=>reflux which causes wheezing. Also, healing lungs eject retained smoky mucous from deep down that tastes bad ; increases wheeze. Anxiety worsens, too. If it helps, it all happened to me when i quit 2 packs/day for 9yrs. It's temporary. Drink lots of fluids, rest. Treat wheezing/reflux if needed. You're so worth it. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What r possible reasons orange phlegm rising from my throat not via cough.. given my PD rx isn't source, nor is orange food/drink. Do have emphysema?
Otolaryngologist: This substance may be a mixture of mucus, saliva with traces of blood and may be coming from the back of the nose, paranasal sinuses, mouth or throat since you're not coughing it up. It is not a symptom of emphysema and most likely is not coming from the bronchial tubes or lungs which would usually have an accompanying cough. I recommend that you have an exam by an otolaryngologist. ...Read more
My husband aged 43 has emphysema. He always seems to be coughing and is not sleeping very well at night. Is this normal for someone with emphysema?
Hi ive been very breathless for the last 2 weeks I was told it could be from hayfever in the lungs I been coughing for a while not sure not emphysema?
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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