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Persistent Winter Cough That Disappears In Summer
Progression in the past 6 days of cough from dry croup-like to hoarse deep phlegmy. More frequent now.
Worsening Cough...: Cough can be due to a number of conditions. A common cold or upper respiratory tract infection is probably the most likely cause, but poorly controlled allergies, asthma, and/or GERD can also cause issues with persistent cough. Try symptomatic management. See your primary doctor for further workup if persists. Might require a chest x-ray if symptoms concerning for pneumonia. ...Read more
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
Persistent, dry cough and congestion in the morning with normal temp. Previously lost voice for a few days (healed). Common cold?
I have continous cough just in winter, mild wheeze, productive sputum, came after nasal congestion agrrevate by exercise.
What it the cause of cough ?
2yr old has lingering persistent dry cough and sneezing after a cold that lasted 14 days. Weather is rainy? Could it be allergies? Cold? See doctor?
Viral: Sometimes a viral infection leads to coughing for several weeks but the sneezing should have improved by now. Thus allergies to indoor allergens may well be the cause since rains usually cleans out outdoor airborne allergens. Yes , you should consult your doctor. ...Read more
Depends on trigger: Usually eczema is worse during the winter months when the air is dry and less humid. Some patients who have seasonal triggers can have worsening skin during spring, summer, or fall as well. Eczema flares are very patient specific. Encourage increased moisturization during problem season with avoidance of triggers and short, lukewarm showers/baths. ...Read more
Started allergy shots 8 months ago .is it normal to get throat infection or upper respiratory infection In fall with weather changing of dry weather?
Yes: Throat infections such as strep throat, and upper respiratory infections such as the common cold, are very common and affect everyone, including people taking allergy shots. Taking allergy shots does not prevent a person from catching contagious diseases like throat and nose infections. ...Read more
Can a mild sore throat be brought on by changes in air temperature, air conditioning in house, winter air or should I be more concerned? Symptom chasing at the moment.
Sore throat: Yes, all of the above can cause dryness and inflammation in ur throat. Also snorring and posterior nasal drip may be the culprit. If smx persist would have ur Doctor take a look to evaluate for clinical signs of infection. Otherwise, gentle gargling with leukewarm salty water (1/2 tee spoon baking soda in 1 cup water) should take care the non-infectious causes. Feel better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I get a dry cough and slight wheeze every winter after a head cold that lasts for about 6 weeks.ok in the summer!what could cause it? Thanks!
Exposed to dust&mold have cough congestion yellow/brown phlegm also partial hearing loss in ear over a week not clearing up is it time to see doctor?
1 week of symptoms: Yes, it is time to see a doctor. ...Read more
I suffer from cough for last 15 years in winter. Difficulty in talking. No problem in summer. May it be cancer.
No: Cancer would not cause the seasonal symptoms you described. Cold can induce an allergic reaction in some patients. Some people even get asthma in cold weather. Try taking anti-histaminics, available in drugs stores without prescription. If that does not help,it would be time to see your doctor. ...Read more
My Daughter is experiencing wheezing (worsened by: breathing in cold air, lying flat, exposure to secondhand smoke, in the evening, at night) .
Secondhand smoke: The most important intervention is the elimination of secondhand smoke. Children who live with smokers have a higher rate of asthma and more severe asthma symptoms. Secondhand smoke spreads throughout a living space so smoking must stop in entire living space. The car also needs to be smoke free. Follow up with doctor as child may still need medication for the wheezing. ...Read more
Coughing that brings up mucus, cough in the chest, over 6 months, slight fatigue, talking causes coughing, laying down makes it worse, what may it be?
During winter my nose gets very dry if I dont run the humidifier on high, but wife gets stuffy during humid days in summer. Ideas as to difference?
Yes: Many people complain of dryness (not just nose, but skin too) in the winter because of the heat; a humidifier is very helpful. Your wife probably has allergies. She can get tested and/or take allergy medication. She may also benefit from air condiitioning, which filters out allergens in the air. Another helpful device is a hepa (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. ...Read more
I've had pretty bad chest congestion for a few years now, sometimes clearing my airways of mucus every 2 minutes. Gets worse in cold, exercise, indoor?
May be asthma and...: It is difficult to tell what you have, but i would suspect asthma is likely cause of your trouble. Cystic fibrosis may have similar symptoms, but should have been having symptoms since childhood. COPD is not likely in a 24 yrs old and alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency may also do so, but often in 30s-40s and smoking increase/causes earlier symptoms. U should consult doc for eval/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
Itching burning redness swelling in toes only during winter months. Also tiny blisters and then peeling. Disappears in other seasons. What is this?
Yes. : Yes it can. During this cold season it is possible that the symptoms are related to allergies (called allergic rhinitis) or something called non allergic rhinitis. Both conditions have overlapping symptoms with runny nose and swollen nasal passages that lead to nasal congestion and sometimes sneezing. The important thing is to see a doctor to make the diagnosis and begin the correct treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a virus that caused a wheeze in my right lung 2 weeks ago. The weather is colder and the wheeze is back. Will Mucinez help break up the wheeze?
Wheezing: This is due to either physiologic or anatomic partial obstruction of an airway when you exhale. Mucinex (guaifenesin) will help to liquify thick secretions but not to address the primary issue. If you are wheezing my advice is to see your doctor ASAP or go to an ER. Hope this clears up soon. Happy holidays. ...Read more
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