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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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I have palpitations, shortness of breath and a cough after Botox in neck yesterday. How dangerous is Botox? Three times this has happened. End Botox

I have palpitations, shortness of breath and a cough after Botox in neck yesterday. How dangerous is Botox? Three times this has happened. End Botox

Stop the botox: Sounds like you are having classic side effects to botox. The shortness of breath however can signify a dangerous complication whereby the botox can enter the blood stream and travel to other places like the heart, lungs and brain. ...Read more

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Could his cough and shortness of breath and raspyness possibly be emphysema?

Could his cough and shortness of breath and raspyness possibly be emphysema?

Yes: Emphysema can present with all of these symptoms. To start to make the diagnosis one needs a chest xray and pulmonary function tests. ...Read more

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Cough after having meals and have pain in throat shortness of breath?

Cough after having meals and have pain in throat shortness of breath?

Coughing / Chocking: Coughing while eating is Chocking, you may be aspirating food into your lung, acid reflux disease or GERD is a common cause ...Read more

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Dry, painful cough and your shortness of breath gets worse when you exercise Could mean what?

Dry, painful cough and your shortness of breath gets worse when you exercise Could mean what?

Exercise-induced ast: ... asthma (or EIA) jumps to mind as a possible cause of your symptoms, given your age. However, there are many other causes of cough & shortness of breath. We're not set up to give a diagnosis in this platform, so use HealthTap Prime to go over your symptoms & medications & condition with a live doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. You may need blood &/or pulmonary tests to confirm. EIA treatable ...Read more

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I have been coughing for past 2 to 3 weeks. When I cough I experience shortness of breath. And it comes every 2 to 3 hrs. Can I take OTC medecine?

I have been coughing for past 2 to 3 weeks. When I cough I experience shortness of breath. And it comes every 2 to 3 hrs. Can I take OTC medecine?

Yes. . . but: You don't mention any other symptoms or how old you are, but my concern is not whether an otc will help but rather why are you still coughing so persistently for 3 weeks? This has gone on longer than a typical virus. Your best next step is to discuss this with your doctor to see if further evaluation is in order. ...Read more

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Had cold cough for few days it's almost gone, since yesterday I have been feeling a small shortness of breath it happens mostly when I think about it.

Had cold cough for few days it's almost gone, since yesterday I have been feeling a small shortness of breath it happens mostly when I think about it.

Heart or lungs?: At your age, a feeling of being short of breath is often due to anxiety. Breathing too fast can make anxiety worse. Another possibility is something decreasing the exchange of oxygen in and carbon dioxide out of lungs. A third cause would be insufficient power in the heart pumping. If the sensation persists, better consult a trained medical practitioner. ...Read more

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Having a cough, wheezing on chest and slight shortness of breath?

Having a cough, wheezing on chest and slight shortness of breath?

Check for allergies: Is it new or chronic. Has there been a recent cold symptoms Could it be an allergic symptoms If continues you may want to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Itching in deep throat shortness of breath and cough?

Itching in deep throat shortness of breath and cough?

Cannot accurately: Answer....Please see your physician for further evaluation and potential treatment. ...Read more

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I've had constant shortness of breath for the past few days- at the end of each breath it feels a bit shallow/hurts. I have no cough/cold possible causes?

PutAHolterOnYerDimer: If you have pain in one area of the chest when you breathe in or out, along with that sense of not getting enough air, I'd suggest you see a doctor who could get more details and also examine you and then decide what, if any, tests he might want to do. I see here that you've had a Holter and a D-dimer done in the past, so why not contact that doctor. I suspect (s)he' would know you fairly well. ...Read more

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4 week cough side back pain shortness of breath?

4 week cough side back pain shortness of breath?

Chest X-ray: I would send you for a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia, empyema, and simultaneous pneumonia with chf. ...Read more

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What to do about chronic cough with mucus and some shortness of breath for a month or so?

What to do about chronic cough with mucus and some shortness of breath for a month or so?

See your doctor: You have cough with mocous and shortness of breath you should consult your doctor as you may have bronchitis or pnumonia, and may need antibiotics, you have been sick for a month or so, so it is about time you seek help. ...Read more

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My husband is getting over something. My baby and I stayed away. Starting Saturday I've had this phlemy cough and shortness of breath. Pneumonia?

My husband is getting over something. My baby and I stayed away. Starting Saturday I've had this phlemy cough and shortness of breath. Pneumonia?

Shortness of breath: This usually implies something is not working properly in your lungs. It may be infection but also could represent wheezing. Have your doctor listen to your lungs and help you with a diagnosis. All the best and I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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What if I don't cough when soda goes down the wrong way? Could that be life threatening? I also have shortness of breath but that may be from tired

What if I don't cough when soda goes down the wrong way? Could that be life threatening? I also have shortness of breath but that may be from tired

Soda alone no proble: The SOB is a problem. At 18 you may be suffering from chronic reflux of abdominal contents (w acid and enzymes) or maybe pneumonia or asthma. Need to see an internist to get you in the right direction. ...Read more

Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more