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Sometimes it feels like air is coming up my esophagus, kind of like mucus when you are coughing it up, but there isn't mucus and then I cough. No pain?

Sometimes it feels like air is coming up my esophagus, kind of like mucus when you are coughing it up, but there isn't mucus and then I cough. No pain?

Aerophagia vs reflux: Involuntary belching after a meal is normal, caused by release of swallowed gas after distension of the stomach with food. Magenblase syndrome is postprandial epigastric fullness ; bloating, relieved by belching. Aerophagia (accumulation of gas due to air swallowing) is common with anxiety, hypersalivation from gum chewing, smoking, drinking, oral irritation. Gerd may contribute to your distress. ...Read more

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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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Would object lodged in esophagus produce productive cough or dry cough?

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Neither: Object lodged in esophagus would not usually cause either type of cough, but more a choking sensation. If a cough is produced, I would imagine a dry cough, as there is no reason that sputum production would be increased. ...Read more

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Can Barrett's esophagus cause wheezing and a cough?

Can Barrett's esophagus cause wheezing and a cough?

Indirectly......: Barrett's esophagus is an injury to the esophagus that happens when there is gastroesophageal reflux present. And, GERD can cause wheezing and cough. If the GERD is treated, the cough and wheezing due to the GERD will go away and Barrett's esophagus will be avoided so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment of GERD! ...Read more

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Could occasional cough be a sign of item lodged in esophagus in toddler? Eating and drinking normal. Acting normal. Coughed maybe 5x

Could occasional cough be a sign of item lodged in esophagus in toddler? Eating and drinking normal. Acting normal. Coughed maybe 5x

Cough: Is it serious: It sounds like with swallowing and acting normal you do not need to be worried. Drinking fluids is another reason to be reassured. ...Read more

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I think my cough is from GERD because it happens more often when I eat. What causes me to cough? Is my esophagus sensitive from the acid?

I think my cough is from GERD because it happens more often when I eat. What causes me to cough? Is my esophagus sensitive from the acid?

Reflux causing cough: Coughing occurs because the gastric contents are refluxed back up the esophagus and spill onto the larynx (voice box) which because irritated and tries to protect your airway by forcefully expelling the irritant out of the lung. One of the functions of the larynx is to protect the airway and it does it by stimulating the cough reflex when there has been an aspiration. ...Read more

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Endoscopy 6 years ago found severe erosion of esophagus, h pyloric and large amount of acid. Now have chronic cough for years, especially at night.?

Endoscopy 6 years ago found severe erosion of esophagus, h pyloric and large amount of acid. Now have chronic cough for years, especially at night.?

LPR...: Your chronic cough might be a symptom of LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux). This is caused by reflux and regurgitation of stomach contents and acid all the way up the esophagus until it spills over into the larynx and irritates the vocal cords and bronchial tubes. Treatment includes acid suppressive therapy with ppi type drugs e.g. Prilosec, along with diet and lifestyle changes. ...Read more

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What does it mean i'd I cough a lot afteri eat? Someone's there's phlegm. Am I chewing or swallowing food right? Also feel air through esophagus.

What does it mean i'd I cough a lot afteri eat? Someone's there's phlegm. Am I chewing or swallowing food right? Also feel air through esophagus.

Coughing: You might have some reflux coming up to your throat. Coughing is one of the most common symptoms of lpr, or laryngopharyngeal reflux. I would have you see an ent. Alternatively, you could be aspirating some food when you eat, but this is far less likely. ...Read more

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Bad cough, 3 weeks, non producing, feels like I am drowning, burp to relax esophagus so I can breathe?

Bad cough, 3 weeks, non producing, feels like I am drowning, burp to relax esophagus so I can breathe?

Reflux, hernia: Both reflux or a hiatal or paraesophageal hernia can lead to similar symptoms. Reflux is best treated with medication and weight loss, the hernia through the same plus surgery (possibly). Have your physician examine you to see which next steps are right in your case. ...Read more

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Chest pain palpitations feeling like you have to cough because of it. Could be esophagus spasms? Arythmyia? Have mild gastritis get pain after eat too

Chest pain palpitations feeling like you have to cough because of it. Could be esophagus spasms? Arythmyia? Have mild gastritis get pain after eat too

Multiple Causes: Chest pain can be a symptom of heart disease but may be may other things such as esophageal spasms, great vessel disease, respiratory disorders (asthma, COPD, bronchitis, infections), and muscle problems to name a few. It really depends on the clinical situation and other symptoms you may be having. You should see a doctor to get more information if it is severe or persistent. ...Read more

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Have multi connective tissue disorder it caused some esophagus issues and bad acid reflux. Could this be why I cough when drinking/eating cold things?

Have multi connective tissue disorder it caused some esophagus issues and bad acid reflux. Could this be why I cough when drinking/eating cold things?

Part of MCTD.: One component of MCTD is scleroderma, and scleroderma affects the esophagus, causing bad reflux and aspiration. The latter issue can contribute to a cough as the refluxate ascends into your throat and then down towards the lungs. ...Read more

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I have had a cough and wheezing for 5 months. I have a history of gerd and I'm now wearing a bravo. My EGD showed a tortuous distal esophagus. Ph 1.4?

I have had a cough and wheezing for 5 months. I have a history of gerd and I'm now wearing a bravo. My EGD showed a tortuous distal esophagus. Ph 1.4?

Gerd: The cough and wheezing may or may not be related to your gerd. Nevertheless I recommend that you consult a pulmonologist as you may have adult onset asthma. Either way you will be treated for your prolonged cough and wheezing by an appropriate specialist. Let the gastroenterologist treat your gerd. ...Read more

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Consumed cough drop during exercise. Postexercise swallowing food burns roof of mouth and esophagus as food travels through the areas. What is this?

Consumed cough drop during exercise. Postexercise swallowing food burns roof of mouth and esophagus as food travels through the areas. What is this?

Have LPR maybe?: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime, exercises. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Can try otc acid blocker for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, nexium). Eval if persistent ...Read more

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I have had Barrets esophagus for several years. I have been prescribed Nexium (esomeprazole) which has helped, but I still cough alot with 'tickle in my throat'?

I have had Barrets esophagus for several years. I have been prescribed Nexium (esomeprazole) which has helped, but I still cough alot with 'tickle in my throat'?

Alternate Voice: I am going to speak frankly. Why isn't your question: How do I fix my GERD? Eight years without finding the cause and eliminating it from your life is a very long time to just be treating the symptoms of GERD. Don't you think? ...Read more

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I was hoarse for a day or two and now I have a cough and no throat pain when I swallow but if I touch my esophagus it's tender what's wrong?

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I was hoarse for a day or two and now I have a cough and no throat pain when I swallow but if I touch my esophagus it's tender what's wrong?

Laryngitis: You cannot touch your esophagus as it is located behind you trachea (windpipe). Take Ibuprofen for pain and stop touching your neck. See ENT if problem persists. ...Read more

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If a person has symptoms caused by esophageal cancer would taking cough drops help supress those symptoms?

If a person has symptoms caused by esophageal cancer would taking cough drops help supress those symptoms?

Not really: What symptoms are you referring here? Esophageal cancer usually is presented with problem with swallowing- usually harder with solid food than liquid. Also, other symptoms like bloathing, pain/discomfort can happen. When the cancer spreads outside the esophagus- for instance the lung, liver -other symptoms related to the location of the spreads can occur like weight loss etc. Cough drop won't help. ...Read more

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How can you treat a really bad cough when you had esophageal atresia surgery a long time ago?

How can you treat a really bad cough when you had esophageal atresia surgery a long time ago?

Mgt/workup: It really depends on the underlying cause. If you have had a repair of esophageal atresia, there can be areas of swelling that may impinge on the airway. I would recommend seeing your physician and having pulmonary function testing and a TB test.
A virtual appt is available online. ...Read more

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What can you do if you got a really bad cough and you had esophageal atresia surgery as a baby?

What can you do if you got a really bad cough and you had esophageal atresia surgery as a baby?

Uber-late fistula: With esophageal atresia, one would worry whether you ever had a tracheo-esophageal fistula. If so, the cough could signal some kind of leak in the integrity of the esophagus. Get to an ENT (airway) or GI (food path) so that you can get checked out. ...Read more

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I have had a cold but it is getting better, but still coughing some. My problem is that it feels like there is something stuck in my esophagus and it?

I have had a cold but it is getting better, but still coughing some. My problem is that it feels like there is something stuck in my esophagus and it?

Post-nasal drip: Cough is really the last symptom to resolve for viral upper respiratory infections. Cough medications, hydration (at least 6-8 cups water per day) +/- an inhaler will likely help make this cough go away. If you are having wheezing and/or coughing bouts (several consecutive coughs) an inhaler may help and requesting this from your PCP (Primary Care Physician) is advised. ...Read more

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Can coughing harshly cut my esophagus? I just got over a very bad case of bronchitis. It was so bad that coughing was almost constant and unstoppable. I have been coughing a lot still, even though I have gotten past the worst part of the sickness. I was w

Can coughing harshly cut my esophagus? I just got over a very bad case of bronchitis. It was so bad that coughing was almost constant and unstoppable. I have been coughing a lot still, even though I have gotten past the worst part of the sickness. I was w

It: It would be very rare for a severe cough to cause damage to the esophagus. Severe coughing can cause chest pain and great discomfort for patient's however. If a patient with bronchitis has worsening phlegm, fever, shortness of breath, or chest pain then they should notify their physician. A warm steamy bathroom, humidifier, and over the counter cough syrup may help. Ask your pharmacist for advice on cough syrup. Taking advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) may help chest discomfort as well. ...Read more

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Is there any correlation between chronic coughing and esophageal strictures?

Is there any correlation between chronic coughing and esophageal strictures?

Yes: Gastrointestinal /esophageal conditions such as esophageal strictures and esophagitis/gastritis stimulate the vagus nerve and parasympathetic system. This stimulation can cause bronchospasm and bronchial secretions which leads to cough. Best to treat esophageal /gastric conditions in addition to treating and diagnosing other respiratory causes of the cough. ...Read more

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Can there be any correlation between chronic coughing/bronchitis and esophageal strictures?

Can there be any correlation between chronic coughing/bronchitis and esophageal strictures?

If you regurgitate: It has become increasing common to evaluated esophageal diseases when evaluating a cough or bronchitis. Any esophageal obstruction such as a stricture (or a cancer or achalasia) to cause regurgitation of esophageal contents and then aspiration into the trachea which will cause immediate coughing and if persistent even bronchitis. ...Read more

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How does esophageal cancer cause coughing?

Airway irritation: Coughing in esophageal cancer is usually caused by airway (aka bronchus or wind pipe) irritation, most commonly by:

1. Aspiration (saliva and/or food going into the airway) due to obstruction of the esophagus by tumor
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2. A large tumor pushing on or growing into the airway. ...Read more

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Now having difficulty swallowing. Do you know of a correlation between chronic coughing/bronchitis and esophageal strictures?

Possibly...: Esophageal strictures could lead to aspiration which in turn could lead to cough either directly or related to bronchospasm. Gastroesophageal reflux disease causes bronchospasm and thus can also lead to chronic cough. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If you smoke, smoking cessation is also needed. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a barium swallow x-ray in February, which was normal. Now having some minor issues. Also coughing some blood stained sputum, Is it possible for Esophageal cancer to be advanced now 10 months later. How long does it take to develop. Thanks.

Barium swallow: Barium swallow may miss esophageal cancer. Upper endoscopy is the gold standard for diagnosis. Coughing up blood is not a characteristic symptom of esophageal cancer but an examination of the mouth, posterior nasal area and throat as well as a tracheal, bronchial and lung evaluation if coughing up blood occurs. ...Read more

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I was coughinh all day and the next day I feel like I felt like my esophagis is on fire what could it be?

I was coughinh all day and the next day I feel like I felt like my esophagis is on fire what could it be?

GERD: It sounds like your coughing fit might have caused some reflux. Try some antacids for quick relief. If that doesn't work, you should see your doc to see what else might be going on. ...Read more

Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more