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Pertussis Sound Clip
Past 6 mos. Sudden choke - cough out what looks like (scab?) - always same shape/size 2cm/thickness 3mm - no congestion - come from sinus? Not lungs?
Sinus: Is more likely the source, in fact it's the back of the nose. Probably is made of dried secretions. ...Read more
My left ear has a ringing sensation.I hear heartbeat like sound. lub dub.I cleaned ear using earbud,no difference. I dont listen to loud music.advise?
My 3 yo is a loud breather. Usually through mouth. He's not struggling. Has had echo, ekg, tubes, chest x-rays. Adenoids and tonsils removed. Ideas?
Airway anatomy: If your child is fine, sleeps well, no day fatigue, growing and developing fine, you need to back off. You've had checked all the major things. If he is symptomatic during day, then see a pediatric sleep specialist. If no daytime or long-term symptoms, then put a breath-right nasal strip on him at night and let him be loud. He will outgrow this in time. ...Read more
2wks ago cleaned up (i think) black mold w/o adequate respiratory ppe.Have had a nonproductive cough since.Throat burns.Should i worry or do anything?
Mold allergy: You might have become allergic to the molds leading to upper and/or lower respiratory illnesses. If this persists for another 2 weeks or getting unbearable , see an allergist. ...Read more
C/o Doppler heartbeat sound in left ear worse with turning head but stops when pressing on carotid artery. Ent says ears are perfect?
Vascular prob or BP: Your ears ARE perfect - they are hearing the quiet sounds of your heartbeat in the internal carotid artery (next to ear). When you turn your head or press on your neck, you are restricting that flow, hence the changes in the intensity of the sound. The most common cause for this is high blood pressure (BP) or hypertension. Other vascular causes are rare. Get your BP checked & keep a log book of Sx ...Read more
Can pulsatile tinnitus be a boom boom sound like a drum or thumping instead of the typical swoosh sounding. ?
3yr w/ear tubes, left falling out. - just failed 2 OAE tests in left (used 2 pass).. bone cond. = ok, air = 25db left, 10db. does this mean hear aids?
Using eardrops because wax in my ear. but getting a whistling sound when people or myself speak louder than normal conversation. could this be the wax?
Can mitral valve's sound be heard in mid upper side of the chest? I hear a thick sound at S1 and I think it's aortic abnormal sound.
Mitral valve murmur: is usually a blowing sound heard best at about the nipple line just left of the sternum and radiates to the left side. It is difficult to say what you are hearing, and the best thing would be to have an exam by your family doctor or a cardiologist if this is concerning to you or you are having symptoms. What you are hearing may be a normal sound. ...Read more
Age 24. Virus for a month (deep cough/stuffy nose/watery eyes) Had popping in ears when laughed/swallowed etc, ring in ears for 2 weeks. Concerning?
Kind of long: for uncomplicated viral URI. It could be allergy. Consult with your doctor to make sure that you don't have any serious condition. ...Read more
Does "exploding head syndrome" ever involve innocuous sounds that wake you up? Like alarms, rings, beeps, or creaks? I feel plagued.
Headaches: I'm a little but powerful way you describe your headaches I would suggest that you see a neurologist as quickly as possible. You should get a CT scan of the head first and maybe an MRI after the CT scan results are available. A full and complete examination especially neurological examination would be very important at this time ...Read more
Both ears feel clogged. Ring at times. Hard to hear. Hope not infection? Blood wrk just done normal. Loud noises kings hurt
Be seen: Be seen by your physician for an exam and diagnosis. ...Read more
19 months baby, fluctuating fever - 36 to 38. Has stopped coughing. 20 breaths per minute. Stuffy nose causing snoring. Teething. Can it be pneumonia?
Possibly: The normal respiratory rate makes pneumonia unlikely. With fever it would normally rise by 5-10 breaths per minute but these would still be within the normal range for age. An exam would determine if any other studies would be needed to confirm or exclude this diagnosis. I find your numbers don't support that label. ...Read more
I'veused terra cortril ear ointment 2 weeks back.now i can hear a drumming sound from that ear and feels like wind is blowing in my ear.Is it normal?
Can a high pitched sound like scream (editing for a broadway play) in headphones cause hearing loss? Its uncomfortable, is it permanent?
1yr old with rattle/phlem sound in chest, slight cough, no other symptoms.Can it be formula, teething or virus?Had recent sinus infection.Is it serious?
My sister started obsessively making this loud whistling, breathing sounds with her mouth that sound like a wave. She says it's anxiety ?
friends 7yr old boy started throat clear, eye blink, squeal tics. Has full blown strep, could this be panda? Transient tic? What expert handles this?
Depends ..: The hallmark trait for pandas is sudden acute & debilitating onset of intense anxiety and mood lability accompanied by obsessive compulsive-like issues and/or tics in association with a streptococcal-a (gabhs) infection that has occurred immediately prior to the symptoms. Therefore, if this is an abrupt change in behavior, then pandas is possible. See http://pandasnetwork.Org to find a provider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The last 3 days, my 7mo olds head feels really hot, highest temp read 100.9. Runny nose, cough, spitting up more than normal. Would it be teething?
Not teething: If these symptoms have lasted for more than 3 days, then it is probably not teething. Teething symptoms typically do not include a cough, runny nose and excessive spitting up. Teething symptoms can include a low grade fever (less than 100.7) however it should not last for more than 3 days. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Breathing sounds: With severe croup, you may hear stridor, which is an inspiratory sucking or squeaking sound. This is a sign of severe tracheal narrowing and warrants immediate medical attention. With pertussis, there are many coughs in a row (>5) which makes it hard to breath in between. Sometimes there's a whooping sound after the cough attack. For both conditions, the child should be evaluated. ...Read more
My almost 10 month old son makes a whooping sound after crying and coughing. He has never done this before now. Could this br early signs of pertussi?
Suspicion/duration: Since most adults have not bothered to get a pertussis booster, they represent a target of opportunity.Pertussis germs can ride into town in an international traveler or someone from the west coast & spread it to you (or your susceptible kids).In adults, it often seems to be a mild cold until you get past the initial phase, then the persistent "hundred days cough" sets in. Dx from test is possible. ...Read more
Respiratory tract: The germ targets the upper and lower respiratory tract, producing an outpouring of thick mucous that leads to the chronic cough.Affected infants can cough so hard they develop brain injury and or die during the process. Adults often have an intractable cough lasting 3 months or more. ...Read more
Can't say: Patients struggling with the worst cases of whooping cough are generally under a year of age and cough so hard they get strokes & brain damage. They are not conversational at that point but i'm sure it's not pleasent. Older kids or adults don't have it so bad, but the "100 days cough" surely wears them out. It is described as a moderate bronchitis in that group. ...Read more
See below: Pertussis begins with mild respiratory symptoms similar to common cold (catarrhal stage), followed by paroxysmal stage characterized by paroxysmal cough and whoop often followed by vomiting. This stage often lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Severe cough spell and apnea (cessation of breathing) especially in young children can result in rectal prolapse, subconjunctival hemorrhage, and seizure. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, in my area we are in the midst of a serious outbreak, mostly in school age kids and adults. Rarely have infants been diagnosed currently. The mix includes underimmunized patients needing booster updates, not immunized at all and occasionally immunized patients where the vaccine apparently did not "take". ...Read more
Pertussis vs URI: Although the initial symptoms of a common cold and pertussis are very similar, their causes are not. Pertussis is caused by a bacterial infection, has three distinct stages, is dangerous in young children, lasts up to weeks and can be prevented with vaccination. Common colds are viral in nature, usually not dangerous, do not respond to antibiotics, and resolve on their own in a few days. ...Read more
Tdap at11yrsThen10yr: These days all children who have had 5 doses of DPT Vaccine up to the age4to6.Are advised to get a Tdap Adult vaccine at age 11 and a booster after 10 years,So far only one booster of Tdap is recommended and then DT every 10 years to protect against Diptheria and Teatanus So if you have not had Tdap booster.You should get it as immunity to Pertussis goes down and you are at risk of getting Pertuss ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Make some calls: The proper testing can be done in many outpatient settings.Your doctor, a local urgent care clinic, a county health center , or emergency room can get a specimen and send it for PCR testing. Results are usually available within a few days. Depending on exposure history, some are treated before the results are known. ...Read more
Yes: The latest research demonstrates that approximately 60- 70% of infants with documented whooping cough or pertussis have been infected by contacts with family members. If the grandparents have not been recently vaccinated with the tdap vaccine, they should receive one asap.Remember that pertussis can be deadly in infants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whooping cough: Just listening to a child's cough may differentiate pertussis (whooping cough) from bronchitis. Children often get infected by adults and tend to "whoop" more than them. More commonly, they are indistinguishable especially in adults. The whoop is produced by air hunger between prolonged fits of coughing. A PCR test can be performed to diagnose pertussis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have pertussis at the moment. Will I need a booster afterwards? I am 58 & usually in good health
Depends: You will develop protective antibodies to re-infection by pertussis during your recovery.These would protect you from re-infection for at least 5 years if not more.After that interval, if you were involved in the care of a newborn baby or young infant, it might be reasonable to have a booster.These infants are at risk and by boosting all the adults around them it keeps them safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer