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I have chest congestion after lying down. Sometimes when I wake in the morning I cough up lots of mucus. No other respiratory symptoms. Causes?

I have chest congestion after lying down. Sometimes when I wake in the morning I cough up lots of mucus. No other respiratory symptoms. Causes?

Cough: You perceive it in the chest but it really is that you have mucus from your nose which at night drops to the back of yr throat (gravity) where u have cough receptors that make you cough. You should treat your allergies (plenty of OTC meds), get a good HEPA filter for home use and speak to yr doc to get benzonatate 200mg q8h for a few days. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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My upper respiratory symptoms are runny nose 24 hour, mild cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, stuffy nose.So kindly tell me the best medicine ?

My upper respiratory symptoms are runny nose 24 hour, mild cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, stuffy nose.So kindly tell me the best medicine ?

See below: You have a cold. I recommend an over the counter decongestant either phenylephrine nose drops or spray or pseudephedrine tablets (the ones locked up behind the counter). Use them for only 3-4 days to avoid rebound phenomenon. You could also take tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief and throat lozenges if sore throat. Take Robitussin-DM for cough. Keep yourself well hydrated and you should get better soon. ...Read more

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Can a deep respitory cough. (Sounds like croupish) be caused by eating a handful of bubbles in a bubble bath? (My son is 3 years old) . no other symptoms just cough.

Can a deep respitory cough. (Sounds like croupish) be caused by eating a handful of bubbles in a bubble bath? (My son is 3 years old) . no other symptoms just cough.

No: Bubbles from a bubble bath cannot cause a croupy cough. croup is usually caused by a virus. There are spasmodic croupy coughs caused by allergies or asthma of childhood & latter are recurrent. Best wld be to take ur child to be evaluated and his pediatrician will guide u with proper advice regarding precautions and medications. If he is in any distress u shd have him seen right away. ...Read more

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Strep throat doesn't cause respitory symptoms such as cough runny nose and trouble breathing right?

Strep throat doesn't cause respitory symptoms such as cough runny nose and trouble breathing right?

Possibly...: Your throat infection could result in bronchospasm and airway inflammation which could lead to the symptoms you describe. So, see your doctor for evaluation as there are effective treatments. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for over 5 weeks now and went to dr 2 wk ago and was told it was upper respiratory. Still coughing and rattling in chest while exhaling?

I've had a cough for over 5 weeks now and went to dr 2 wk ago and was told it was upper respiratory.  Still coughing and rattling in chest while exhaling?

Cough causes cough: It very well probably was a URI weeks ago and at this point what you're left with is lungs that are so coughed out that there's inflammation down there causing you to cough... Which causes inflammation causing more cough, and you get the point. So, if you're no longer sick and just having the chest noises and cough, you would likely benefit from some prescription cough suppression. ...Read more

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What i can I do for a cough from sinus respiratory virus?

What i can I do for a cough from sinus respiratory virus?

Cough: If you truly have a viral infection your body has to fight it off. For symptomatic relief of cough you can you Chestal, cool mist vaporizor, or cough drops. Would recommend follow up with your physician to make sure nothing more serious and make personalized recommendations based on your history. ...Read more

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I am facing cough and infection in throat. Causing me respiratory problems. Please advice.

I am facing cough and infection in throat. Causing me respiratory problems. Please advice.

SEEK Medical Care: I would get to the md if you are having breathing problems. It is possible that you have a pneumonia which requires antibiotics for treatment. ...Read more

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Is a bronchospasm possible in someone without asthma or a respiratory disease? A single cough sets me off, and not even a forceful one!

Is a bronchospasm possible in someone without asthma or a respiratory disease? A single cough sets me off, and not even a forceful one!

Bronchospasm : Bronchospasm is possible at any time and for any reason. However, not all wheezing equates to bronchospasm. There are multiple reasons to produce the familiar whistling sound- chest auscultation is a must. Having said that, undiagnosed underlying reactive airway disease is certainly possible especially in your age group. Would suggest specialty evaluation after you see your primary doctor. ...Read more

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My 5 year old is sick all the time, has a constant cough and respiratory issues. Her hair is thinning and she gets tired easily. What's the cause?

My 5 year old is sick all the time, has a constant cough and respiratory issues. Her hair is thinning and she gets tired easily. What's the cause?

Hard to say on this: platform. She needs to have a full exam by her doctor, and possibly lab work to rule out underlying causes, as well as possible referral to a pulmonary specialist, and/or immunologist or endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Please answer me. Is a respiratory infection contagious and are cough drops a permanent solution?

Please answer me. Is a respiratory infection contagious and are cough drops a permanent solution?

Yes and no: A respiratory infection is certainly contagious. It is usually caused by a virus and can be spread by oral secretions and droplets from coughing and sneezing. While cough drops help soothe your throat, they are in no way a cure, nor do they cut down the contagiousness. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a respiratory infection contagious? Will cough drops work as a permanent solution?

I was wondering is a respiratory infection contagious? Will cough drops work as a permanent solution?

Cold: Colds and the flu are contagious by droplet and contact. Cough drops only treat symptoms not the cause. If you're cough is persistent see your doctor to make sure you do not have bronchitis. Important to hydrate ...Read more

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Days after respiratory infection I still have postinfectious cough and still producing a little phlegm is this normal when will it go away?

Days after respiratory infection I still have postinfectious cough and still producing a little phlegm is this normal when will it go away?

6 weeks: The cough associated with bronchitis can last for up to 6 weeks. You don't need antibiotics unless you are feverish or short of breath (and other symptoms, then you should see your doctor). You would just need medication to treat the cough. ...Read more

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Went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave was cough pills..should i see another dr?

Went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave was cough pills..should i see another dr?

If you are worse: If cough medicine was prescribed the doctor is telling you that antibiotics will not be helpful for the virus you may have. If worsening symptoms however get rechecked.Good luck ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more


Dr. Steven Griggs
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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more