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Severe Coughing Spasms
Determine cause: By determining the cause of coughing spasms, a specific treatment can be used. Cough suppressants should be avoided as they may slightly "cover up" symptoms not treat the underlying reason. A cough specialist (allergist or pulmonologist) can assist in finding the reason through an exam, x-ray, lung function tests and perhaps blood tests. ...Read more
Cough that lasts over a week. No mucus production. Dry cough. Sometimes coughing spasms are mild. What could be wrong?
Multiple causes: Sometimes a dry cough can be a sign of asthma. If the cough continues for three weeks or more, I would recommend pulmonary function testing. If you are experiencing a viral illness, then the symptoms should resolve and improve over the next one week. A virtual consult is available by appt. for further management. ...Read more
I am having saveer coughing spasms that hurt so bad, can't sleep cuz i stop breathing or i cough uptons ofwater, i'm scared.
Sleep apnea +: Please see your family doctor.Sleep apnea (where you stop breathing) causes a worsening of gerd in many people. This is where the contents of your stomach come into your throat and sinuses. It can also go down the wrong way into your lungs. It can even be projectile. The coughing is likely from what you are asperating into your lungs. Please see your family doctor, a sleep specialist + GI doc. ...Read more
Dry, coughing spasms - do not have asthma. What can be done to relieve the cough (not drink a whole bottle of water)?
See your doctor: There could be a number of causes of frequent coughs. You may have allergies. You may have cough-variant asthma (not everyone with asthma has wheezing). You could have an infection. In the meantime, do drink plenty of fluids. Honey can be good for helping your cough (has been proven more effective than OTC cough meds). A humidifier at night may help also. ...Read more
Coughing spasms and I get shortness of breath and tightness in the left side of my chest and I cough up phlegm over half the time when I cough.
Cough: This could be a serious problem. See your doctor for a check up as soon as possible. ...Read more
Reason for cough?: Check with your doctor before you start purchasing otc medications or go with homeopathic/herbal or other concoctions. Cough could be post nasal drip mucus (upper respiratory) versus cough-wheezing (lower-asthma-bronchitis). Give a good history of when it began, what times of day are worse, associated symptoms, what you have given. ...Read more
Asthma treatment: Cough variant asthma may be what you are describing. Step wise asthma treatment can be helpful with steroid inhalers and bronchodilators. If spasms are severe, adult pertussis may be possible treated with antibiotics. Medical evaluation with breathing tests, xrays, blood tests. Of course smoking cessation, avoidance of dust and asthma triggers is helpful, sleep in a dust free environment. ...Read more
Some thoughts: Your symptoms may be caused by a number of factors. If you have a history of allergic disease, a family history or childhood history of asthma, these are risk factors for wheezing in response to environmental triggers. If you have symptoms such as a dry, hacking cough, shortness of breath, chest pressure, I would suggest lung function testing. Infections and cardiac causes should also be ruled out ...Read more
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