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Non Productive Wet Cough
Sedated for Lumbar epidural injections. Since then wet non productive cough and chest tightness. I have asthma. Is this normal? What should I do?
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
Already have had my 3 days of full blown symptoms, now I just have the sniffles and a productive wet cough. How long till I'm back to normal from this cold?
7 to 10 days: Most uncomplicated viral respiratory infections last 7 to 10 days. When a "cold" last longer than 2 weeks or is worsening rather than improving, then the person should be evaluated for possible sinus infection. Usually the worse symptoms of a cold are on day 3 or 4. ...Read more
I ve had a wet productive cough for 6 days, no other symptoms. Should I see a md now incase I need antibiotics or can I wait to see if it gets better?
Possibilities....: There are many possible causes of a non-productive cough including throat irritation, bronchospasm, medication side effect, post-nasal drip, GERD, etc. In turn, there are many conditions that can cause bronchospasm like asthma, COPD, CHF, etc. Treatment depends on the diagnosis so see your doctor so that your cough can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more
Causes of Cough.: Most common causes of cough include asthma, upper airway cough syndrome (post-nasal drip), reflux, chronic bronchitis (typically in smokers), medications (such as lisinopril). Your doctor should discuss your symptoms in detail to determine which of theses may be contributing to your cough. You may need pulmonary function test if asthma is a possible cause based on your symptoms. ...Read more
Find the cause: There are varied causes of nonproductive cough. Most common is allergic rhinitis, but not far behind is an undiagnosed asthma or reactive airways. Then there is gerd, and there is even a parasite that can cause it (called in perpetual copulation state, lol) found in the upper airway, but rare. Treating the cause is the best. Use of cough suppressant is resorted to for comfort. So go to your md. ...Read more
Some causes: A "wet" cough usually implies that mucus is involved at the level of the voicebox. The answer can be classified according to where the mucus is originating from (could be lungs, bronchioles, bronchi, trachea, larynx, nose, sinuses, or even reaction to acid from the digestive tract if acid reflux is involved). Could certainly be infectious, but could also be allergic. Less likely to be cancer. ...Read more
Yes...: Reflux can cause bronchospasm which, in turn, can cause coughing. The treatment entails treating the reflux aggressively as well as bronchodilators and steroid inhalers for the bronchospasm until the reflux is under good control. Your doctor can diagnose and treat this so see your doctor so therapy can be instituted asap. ...Read more
I have been coughing to the point of gagging, it makes me incontinent and keeps me up at night. It is a dry non productive cough.
I used to think a cough without fever was no big deal until I cracked a rib from a really hard dry persistent cough.
Yours may be related to asthma, pertussis, a recent illness, allergy, ACE-inhibitors, smoking (if you smoke, stop now), or other causes. Rarely cough is related to a type of heart disease. See your doctor for pulmonary function test and chest X-ray to start. ...Read more
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 but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more
Time to see doc...: Having productive cough for 2 months is not normal. Smokers may have chronic cough and can have some sputum, especially early in am. If this is something new for you, definitely should have it checked out. If a smoker, you may have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and treatment is likely needed. Don't wait until things get too severe as treatment become less effective. Good luck. ...Read more
Multiple causes: Get a comprehensive physical examination, blood testsfor infection and a chest xray. ...Read more
Cough: Many times a productive cough suggests an infection in the bronchial tubes or lungs. That is a more serious infection than a regular cold. You should get checked by a doctor to listen to your lungs. That is the best way to get the right diagnosis and begin a treatment. Especially if have been coughing more than 10 days. ...Read more
Have productive cough with jelly like phelym more so in the morning but could happen another 2times. Is this serious? Has been happening months
Chronic cough: Usually a cough with scant blood or "hemoptysis" is indicative of an upper or lower respiratory tract infection and supportive care is best. Given the chronicity (2 months) of symptoms you need an in person evaluation with your doctor and possibly a chest xray to get a better idea of what is going on :) ...Read more
I have had productive cough for 3 days. Now, it becomes excessive and it annoys me. What kind of medication should I take to relieve this symptom?
Anti-tussive: Anti-tussive is a fancy term for cough medication. In the States, these are available over-the-counter w/o prescription. I don't know about Cambodia. However, this assumes that your cough is due to a virus. Best to see your family doc for an evaluation to be sure it's nothing more serious. With that said, you don't need antibiotics for viruses. So don't ask for antibiotics but be sure not pneumoni ...Read more
Woke up this morning with a non productive cough and just below my ribs on both sides hurt when I cough. Is that anything to be concerned about?
What could cause sharp stinging pain in center of chest after a cough? Only lasts a minute or 2 but reoccurrs after every cough. Non productive cough
Musculoskeletal...: Pain as you describe is likely musculoskeletal pain related to coughing. The chest wall has muscles, cartilage and bone and these structures can be injured when coughing. For example, muscle strain/sprain, cartilage inflammation, rib bruise or even fracture can occur with coughing. When the cough resolves, this will heal so see your doctor for cough treatment. ...Read more
Avoid Cold medicines:
Cough in young children is extremely frustrating for parents. Unfortunately cough medications used in adults don't work in children. Decongestants in combination with cough medications can actually be harmful.
Using guafenesin may be helpful to help secretions stay loose. Increasing fluid intake and humidity in the air can definitely help. Honey (for kids over 12 months) may be a natural remedy. ...Read more
Belief system: If you believe that a child can catch cold from cold weather, then she shouldn't swim. If she is having trouble breathing, then she shouldn't swim. If she is happy, running and playing and mobilizing her phlegm, swimming should not make her sick. Most mothers and certainly grandmothers would vote NO SWIMMING. ...Read more