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Can you ever cough so hard you feel like passing out?

Can you ever cough so hard you feel like passing out?

Yes: Coughing is spasms can lead to hyperventilation and near syncope (passing out). I had a patient do this at home, church and even in the urgent care. Very scary, but treatment lead to good outcome. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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Can an uncontrolable constant rattling cough hurt my baby while pregnant?

Can an uncontrolable constant rattling cough hurt my baby while pregnant?

Depends: It depends on why you have a cough. If this is an indication of infections, tb...Then it can hurt the pregnancy. If it's due to something simple like postnasal drip, reflux disease, then no it doesn't hurt the baby. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have a rattling cough but no fever or sour throat or any other symptoms?

What does it mean if I have a rattling cough but no fever or sour throat or any other symptoms?

UpperRespInfection: It means you may have an upper repiratory infection probabely caused by a virus and these infections are self limiting and get better by themselves.You may take over the counter cough expectorant for relief But if it get worse consult your doctor ...Read more

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I have 2 kids (2&4) w/rattling cough. We have all had allergies/runny noses. Both had low fever brought down w/1 dose tylenol (acetaminophen). No fever for 2 days. ?

I have 2 kids (2&4) w/rattling cough. We have all had allergies/runny noses. Both had low fever brought down w/1 dose tylenol (acetaminophen). No fever for 2 days. ?

Cannot diagnose: They may have had a mild viral uri, allergies, or something entirely different. It is impossible to diagnose illnesses without seeing patients, and furthermore answers on healthtap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis. ...Read more

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I finished amoxicillin and prednisone after laryngitis/ear infection diagnosis but have same symptoms now w/ rattling cough & little less ear pain?

I finished amoxicillin and prednisone after laryngitis/ear infection diagnosis but have same symptoms now w/ rattling cough & little less ear pain?

Recheck with Dr.: A recheck with youir physician may reassure that the infection has improved and only the inflamation causing your cough & congestion remains. You may need to continue on antihistamines/decongestants &/or nasal sprays to decrease head cold symptoms/congestion. ...Read more

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Ive been sick for a few days. When i breathe in deep i hear something rattling, then i cough up mucus;if not i start wheezing. What could this be?

Ive been sick for a few days. When i breathe in deep i hear something rattling, then i cough up mucus;if not i start wheezing. What could this be?

Mgt: I would recommend monitoring your temperature, staying well hydrated, using nasal saline rinses to reduce post nasal drip. If you are wheezing or having bronchospasm, then Albuterol is indicated. Please review your asthma action plan. A virtual appointment may also be scheduled. ...Read more