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Spasmodic Cough Causes
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
Cough: Per Mayo Clinic common reasons for chronic cough may include: Post nasal drip, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, asthma, chronic bronchitis, infections, some blood pressure medications. There are many other less common causes. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-cough/basics/causes/con-20030883 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inflammation: Lungs evolved to protect us by keeping foreign bodies out. Cough is one of the most effective defense mechanisms but it can be a very troubling symptom of any inflammatory insult (such as a bronchitis, usually caused by a virus). Sometimes the cough persists long after the bug is gone. You should have a cxr if you have persistent cough, and some inhalers can reduce (not eliminate) the cough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibilities...: Chronic cough is usually due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of etiologies. If the cough is multi factorial, all etiologies must be treated for the cough to resolve. Sometimes testing is needed for all etiologies to be diagnosed and thus proper treatment can be rendered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough: Hello, a cough is a reflex event that occurs after stimulation to the nerves of the airways. A specific night time cough could be due to a few possibilities . First would be a cough variant of asthma. Instead of the wheezing that commonly occurs with asthma, a person coughs instead. My other thought could be from a reflux condition that while you sleep, a small amount of gastric liquid reflexes up. ...Read more
Can't catch breath: When a child has whooping cough he starts to cough and can't stop. As he continues to cough he loses his breath and when he finally stops coughing he takes a deep breath very fast. Since his throat is very small, the large amount of air moving very fast through the small airway creates a "whoop". ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
What causes trachea spasms (which blocks air passage) whenever coughing occurs? Is that an asthma symptom?
Age dependent: The trachea of younger kids is somewhat rubbery, like a soft silicone or thin walled plastic. It does not spasm, like the soft walls of the gut, but it can and does vibrate enough to produce some odd sounds ( the croup noise) common from ~6mo-6yr. In tracheo-malacia, ( a transient condition) the walls are much weaker and actually cave in on each other, but soft walls not spasm is the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Less likely: More common with ace inhibitors than angiotensin receptor inhibitors. ...Read more
Possibilities...: Cough, especially chronic cough, can be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, bronchitis or even a combination of these etiologies. Bronchitic cough tends to be productive but the rest can be "dry." if one etiology is left untreated, the person will continue to cough. So, continue to see your doctor so all nessary treatments can be given to resolve your cough. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mucus sensatiin in chest,no nasal block,no cough,mild breathlessness(not interfere),increases at night,no sweating,inhaling causes discomfort throat?
Possible: Two simple tests, the direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) test on the nasal secretions, and CBC with differential, as well as the 3 classic symptoms - 1) 'whoop' noise with inspiration after cough, 2) paroxysms of coughing, or many back to back cough episodes without a break, and post-coughing vomiting, all help to make the diagnosis ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Laryngospasm (luh-RING-go-spaz-um) is a brief spasm of the vocal cords that temporarily makes it difficult to speak or breathe: The onset of vocal cord spasms is usually sudden, and the breathing difficulty can be alarming. However, the problem is not life-threatening, and it's generally brief and self-correcting. Your vocal cords are located in an upper part of the airway called the voice box (larynx). A vocal cord spasm limits the flow of air through the larynx. The cause of laryngospasm is often not known, but certain conditions may be contributing factors or triggers: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which acid from the stomach backs up into the food pipe (esophagus), Laryngopharyngeal reflux, in which the stomach acid backs up into the throat or back of the nasal passages, Anxiety or stress. If you experience episodes of breathing difficulty, see your doctor. Because the signs and symptoms of laryngospasm are similar to those of other conditions, it's important to get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. These conditions may include: Asthma, Exercise-induced asthma, Other types of vocal cord dysfunction. If the diagnosis is unclear, your doctor may refer you to an ear, nose and throat specialist to look at your vocal cords to be sure there is no other abnormality. If the diagnosis is laryngospasm or other vocal cord dysfunction, your doctor may refer you to a speech-language pathologist to help you learn breathing exercises. Relaxation and breathing techniques may relieve symptoms and lessen the frequency or severity of laryngospasms in the future. Your doctor will also want to determine if underlying problems, such as GERD or anxiety, may be contributing to vocal cord spasms. Treating these conditions also may lessen the frequency or severity of laryngospasms. ...Read more
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