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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
What do I do if I had bronchitis and i'm still coughing occasionally after antibiotics 2 months ago?
Possibilities...: Sometimes, after the infection of acute bronchitis has resolved, there is residual airway inflammation which, in some patients, results in bronchospasm and coughing. If this is the case with you, bronchodilator and steroid inhalers can be used until this cough completely resolves. So, see your doctor so this regimen can be prescribed once the diagnosis is made. ...Read more
If worsens, M.D.: It is actually quite common to have a mild intermittent cough with a respiratory infection. If you develop prolonged cough, lasting more than three weeks, fever, chills, vomiting or other signs, I would advise seeking medical attention. If you have a history of wheezing, then reactivity of the airway may occur during and following an infection, particularly a viral infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I came down with a sudden severe sore throat that is getting more symptomatic. Itchy, painful swallowing and occasional coughing. When getting better?
What's the cause?: Your question cannot be answered accurately based on the limited information provided. For instance, it would be helpful to know: your exposures, what does your exam show, what are your underlying risk factors and illnesses that so predispose, do you have untreated GERD with larygo-esophageal reflux, do you smoke...? ...Read more
Lower back pain, daily "muscle knots" in the back of both shoulders, occasional coughing and throat clearing...What is going on with me?
Several different: Things with your symptoms. See your doctor for an evaluation to sort out all of the various symptoms to come up with diagnoses and a treatment plan. ...Read more
17 yr old male, minor throat tightness, with some phlegm. Occasional coughing better after eating. Caused by pollen or what else? Is it a concern?
Reflux: The only thought I have is that you have a reflux problem causing irritation at your throat and coughing. The improvement immediately after eating is due to the acid being diluted or neutralized by the food you have consumed. Does improvement occur also when drinking coffee, tea, or cola? ...Read more
One side, tonsil and throat swollen, hurts to swallow saliva even. No pain med helps, no fever, dry sinuses now, coughing occasionally. Go to doctor?
I have had a bad cold for past 3 days very occasional cough but when I do cough it is extremely painful to the point of feeling the pain outside?
Why is it that I have an occasional cough (lasting more than a week) but no other symptoms ? I have not been sick recently & feel fine otherwise.
I've been sick for almost a month now, have an occasional cough, stuff comes up, I also have small blood like dots. Any idea on what I may have?
Possibilities...: This could be due to bronchitis. Since the symptoms have been present for a month, the etiology of your symptoms could be allergic bronchospasm. Coughing blood is called hemoptysis and this is a serious symptom that always needs to be evaluated as malignancy can cause this symptom, especially if you are a smoker. See your doctor asap. If you develop shortness of breath, go to the er for evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Before I got a cold, I occasionally would cough (not lying down). Got a cold 3 weeks ago but occasionally cough with little phlegm. What could it be?
? Sinusitis: Can still cause such symptoms, use saline nasal washes often, if no improvement, see your doctor for evaluation, best wishes ...Read more
My 3yo great nephew has an occasional cough, bad breath and his temperature is high a lot of times when I check it. Maybe no connection. Should I wory?
Maybe: Cough, fever and bad breath in toddlers are common signs of a cold or possibly a sinus infection. If it's just a cold, it should go away by itself with 5-7 days of supportive care; if it lasts longer, he should be seen by a doctor. Preschool aged children typically get 4-6 colds per winter season, sometimes more and this can be normal. You can always ask his mom whether they've seen a doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Had an occasional cough for a while. Sounds as though there may be phlem, but nothing brought up. Should i worry? Haven't give cough syrup, should i?
Pediatric Cough: We do not advise giving cough syrup to children. The side effects of the cough syrup outweigh its benefits. If the cough is only occasional, and there is no fever, and your child is showing no signs of difficulty in breathing, wheezing, rapid breathing, or labored breathing, allow for it to pass. See you doctor if any of the above develop, or if any question or concern. ...Read more
Hello, I have a constant burning (not extreme, just mild) sensation in my lungs for the past few weeks. I am breathing normally with occasional cough?
See physician: Given your smoking history and the fact that the symptoms are " constant" you should be examined by your doctor to rule out infection and heart problems. Occasional cough can be as simple as post-nasal drip or can be a warning sign of more serious pulmonary disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aspiration: Depending on what was aspirated, symptoms can start almost immediately. ...Read more
Could occasional cough be a sign of item lodged in esophagus in toddler? Eating and drinking normal. Acting normal. Coughed maybe 5x
Before 6 weeks I quit smoking and occasionally coughing black or brown phelgm.No chest pain.What it could be and how long cough last?
Good sign: It is very common coughing after quitting smoking. Some people seem to cough more than usual. The cough is only temporary and might actually be a sign that your body is starting to heal and recover. Speed the process by using humidifier or vaporizer and drink plenty of fluids. Congratulations! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have chest pain or discomfort (better by rest) ( mild) (quality: sensation of pressure or heaviness) (right side) , occasional cough/congestion?
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