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Doctor insights on: Spasmodic Cough Causes

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What's spasmodic cough sound like? Been having STRANGE cough for 7 months. Done every possible investigation. I may have GERD I know it causes spasmodic

What's spasmodic cough sound like? Been having STRANGE cough for 7 months. Done every possible investigation. I may have GERD I know it causes spasmodic

Spasmodic cough: If GERD try ranitidine / prevecid &elevate head of bed. May also be post nasal drip/sinusitis for which zyrtec prior to bed and elevation of head when sleeping may help. May be allergic zyrtec should help or asthma-may need inhaler. Could be other conditions as well, so would check CXR-sarcoid TB, masses, clots. Occasionally mycoplasma- tx w zithromax. f/u/ w/ pulmonary/ allergist., ...Read more

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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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Would you be able to cough normally if you have Spasmodic Dysphonia diagnosis? I have strangled voice with breathiness but normal cough?

Would you be able to cough normally if you have Spasmodic Dysphonia diagnosis? I have strangled voice with breathiness but normal cough?

Dysphonia: It is mostly about the breath and posture to produce a normal voice sound with dysphonia. There may not be coughing with this disorder. Drinking fluids daily is also important to keep vocal cords healthy/hydrated. With time, this can improve. Welcome to health tap, Dr. Ivy Fisher ...Read more

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What is the cause of spasmodic dysphonia?

What is the cause of spasmodic dysphonia?

Spasmodic dysphonia: Spasmodic dysphonia is a voice disorder characterized by abnormal "spasms" of the vocal cords resulting and interruptions of speech and affecting voice. Causes of SD can arise from vocal muscle, neuromuscular junction, and inflamed laryngeal nerves. Treatment would include speech therapy to reduce muscle tension, Botox injection into affected muscles and rarely surgery. ...Read more

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Can drugs cause spasmodic torticollis?

Can drugs cause spasmodic torticollis?

Not exactly: There are certain drugs that work by blocking the action of dopamine, most of which are medications to treat psychosis or nausea (haldol, thorazine, phenergan, (promethazine) reglan) that can cause a "dystonic reaction" where the head is pulled involuntarily to one side, which would appear the same as someone with spasmodic torticollis. ...Read more

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What are the causes of spasmodic torticollis?

What are the causes of spasmodic torticollis?

Unknown: Spasmodic torticollis is a focal dystonia (like blepharospasm and writer, s cramp) in which neck cannot be kept straight and is turned to one side. The cause of focal dystonia, s is not clear and even though some psychogenic factors seem to play a part in the start of some of these symptoms we do not know why or how the process continues. ...Read more

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What are some causes of spasmodic torticollis?

Torticollis: Aka wry neck typically the head tilts away from the side of the neck with a tight sternpcleidomadtoid muscle. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some causes of spasmodic torticollis?

While there can: Be a number of associated neurologic conditions, isolated spasmodic torticollis is usually idiopathic, as we do not know the cause. If there are other symptoms, there are many syndromes that include it, and neuro insults like brain injury or radiation treatments can also cause it. Even poor positioning in utero is speculated to be related. Best to have a thorough history to isolate that answer. ...Read more

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What causes spasmodic torticollus besides drugs? I've had the same medication for2 and it's never happened before

Genetics, idiopathic: Torticollis, also known as cervical dystonia, can be the result of some medications, especially Dopamine blocking medicines such as may be used for bipolar or schizophrenia. This can happen even after being on the same dose of the same medication for a long time. Other times there are genetic conditions that can cause torticollis, and sometimes there is no clear cause ("idiopathic"). ...Read more

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Cause of random, very intense spasmodic pain in my medial left leg 6-8 inches superior to the knee joint along pathway of saphenous nerve?

Cause of random, very intense spasmodic pain in my medial left leg 6-8 inches superior to the knee joint along pathway of saphenous nerve?

Clot or muscle: Either a venous clot, or muscle spasm from strain or cramp. Could be a pulled medial hamstring, vastus medialis, adductor longus, adductor magnus, gracilis, and/or sartorius. See what motion of left hip or knee triggers it. See sports medicine specialist or physiatrist. ...Read more

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I have a consistent cough what could be the cause?

I have a consistent cough what could be the cause?

Various things...: When I see a bad cough in clinic, and there's no clear infectious source like bronchitis, pneumonia or other type of viral illness, I start to look for things like asthma, gastric reflux, post-nasal drip. It usually takes a good history and exam to figure out the cause. Bottom line, please get checked out and don't let this cough linger! ...Read more

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What causes you to cough till you feel like your gonna pass out?

What causes you to cough till you feel like your gonna pass out?

Possibilities...: There are many possible causes of a severe cough including bronchospasm from any cause, acute bronchitis, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. All of these have different treatments so you need to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Whay causes a dry cough?

Whay causes a dry cough?

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 more

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What causes a dry cough?

What causes a dry cough?

Possibilities...: Persistent chronic non-productive cough is usually due to bronchospasm (due to any cause), post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. An evaluation by a doctor is needed for diagnosis since these all have different treatments. If you smoke, smoking cessation is needed to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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What causes a chronic cough?

What causes a chronic cough?

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 more

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What could cause a phlegmy cough?

What could cause a phlegmy cough?

Infection usually: Any infection that causes irritation to the respiratory system will cause a productive cough with sputum. It is your body responding to the infection. Unless you are running fevers or it has been going on for more than two weeks you can probably just wait it out for it to heal. If it has lasted more than two weeks then see your dr. Or if you are running fevers have shortness of breath or pain. ...Read more

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What are the causes of chronic cough?

What are the causes of chronic cough?

Bronchial irritation: Bronchial tube irritation, sinus/nasal irritation, gastroesophageal reflux all tend to cause chronic cough. In the lung smoking, asthma, pneumonia (especially pertussis, mycoplasma), foreign bodies can cause chronic cough. Treat acid reflux disease, sinus infection sinusitis. Some medications such as ace inhibitors. Stepwise treatment of asthma with sinus, gi, treatment avoid aspirin/dust. ...Read more

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What causes a person to have a chronic cough?

What causes a person to have a chronic cough?

Cough: Many things-reflux disease, bronchitis, allergies, post nasal drip, asthma, heart disease, vocal cord dysfunction to name a few of the more common. Persistent coughing should be evaluated for the cause. ...Read more

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What causes tingling on my sides when I cough?

What causes tingling on my sides when I cough?

Muscle pain, hypoxia: There are many things that could be happening such as a pulled muscle or, depending on how hard and long you cough, a decrease in oxygen in the blood thy can lead to a tingling sensation. If it persists you should ask your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes the crackly cough sounds from a cold?

What causes the crackly cough sounds from a cold?

Fluid: The crackly sound is caused by fluid which is in the airway and the air moving thru the fluid as you breath and cough. When the air sacs or alveoli are involved occurs with pneumonia and the doctor will hear crackles when the chest is listened to with a stethoscope. ...Read more

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What could be the causes of a harsh tracheal cough?

Depends...: The possible etiologies include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, sinus problems or even a combination of these factors. Diagnosis also depends upon cough duration. Treatment depends on diagnosis so please see your doctor asap so the proper diagnosis can be made and treatment rendered. ...Read more

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What are the causes of persistant productive cough?!

What are the causes of persistant productive cough?!

Multiple causes: Get a comprehensive physical examination, blood testsfor infection and a chest xray. ...Read more

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I am having cough that causes pain in middle of my chest?

I am having cough that causes pain in middle of my chest?

Common: Coughing can often cause this. If it keeps up though, you may have bronchitis or pneumonia. See your doctor if it doesn't go away soon or gets worse. Try over the counter cough suppresants as well such as dextromethorphan. ...Read more

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Can cough cause hernia?

Can cough cause hernia?

Yes: Chronic cough, as in smokers or those with longstanding lung disease, famously places a person at additional risk for hernia. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause cough?

Can anxiety cause cough?

Sure: Yes cough can be an expression of a feeling of tightening of airways caused by anxiety. ...Read more

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What cause cough out blood?

Airway bleeding: Coughing up blood is never a good thing. Some small streaks can come from your upper airway especially if you have upper airway symptoms such as a very painful sore throat or sinuses for instance, but anything more than that deserves a visit to your doc. ...Read more

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Can a tick bite cause cough?

Can a tick bite cause cough?

Possible: It's possible but that is often not a classic sign of tick bites. See a doctor for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Causes of chest pain and cough?

Many,: Infection, cold, flu, heart attack, lung diseases, etc. You need to have it checked by a real doctor. Don't delay...Ok? ...Read more

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What causes daily morning cough?

What causes daily morning cough?

Chronic bronchitis?: If you are a smoker and have productive am cough for six weeks, you fit the diagnosis of chronic bronchitis. Post nasal drainage from assuming the upright position may also be a cause. ...Read more