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Respiratory Symptom Cough
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
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
I have had a respiratory ailment for a week. Most symptoms are gone except a cough, fever that returns at night, lethargy. When is this going away?!
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
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
Strep throat doesn't cause respitory symptoms such as cough runny nose and trouble breathing right?
Yes: Unless you have reaction to temperatures like cold or the ingredients of the yogurt ice cream, that should be ok. ...Read more
My respiratory system is very weak, in every season I have the problem of cough. Is there any way to cure this?
See allergist: It is time for you to consult an allergist to see what can be done. ...Read more
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
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
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
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