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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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Had a cough for a few months and I just started coughing up blood. What is wrong with me?

Had a cough for a few months and I just started coughing up blood. What is wrong with me?

See your doctor: Having recurring illness is troubling. In order to achieve a specific and correct doagnosis with symptoms like this, you'll need to visit your doctor. Only after a face-to-face evaluation will he/she be able to properly diagnose and treat you. ...Read more

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I have a cough for about 3 days but today I woke up coughing blood should I go to er? Or what should I do?

I have a cough for about 3 days but today I woke up coughing blood should I go to er? Or what should I do?

Blood?: Check with your lung doc asap. Less expensive than er and better knowledge about coughing up blood. Do not ignore this blood. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a nasty cough and keep coughing up blood?

What does it mean if you have a nasty cough and keep coughing up blood?

Need doctor ASAP!: Coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is a symptom that always requires an evaluation by a doctor. Hemoptysis can be due to bronchitis but it can also be a sign of malignancy so you need to be evaluated by a doctor today! If you are short of breath, go to the er! ...Read more

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Hi I have just been coughing up blood and I don't know why? What should I do I haven't been coughing or straining to cough what's wrong?

See your Dr. ASAP: Coughing up blood is not to be taken lightly. It can indicate bleeding from the airway and requires immediate attention. Do not wait to get this looked at. ...Read more

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Right side of chest and shoulder hurts, coughing up blood, headace, and cough that won't go away. Heeelp?

Right side of chest and shoulder hurts, coughing up blood, headace, and cough that won't go away. Heeelp?

See below: Go. See your physician. There are numerous pulmonary problems it the differential diagnosis with your symptoms. A thorough history and physical exam is necessary. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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When I cough even once I'll get dizzy. I've had a history of vertigo and have been coughing up blood and was wondering if either of them were related?

When I cough even once I'll get dizzy. I've had a history of vertigo and have been coughing up blood and was wondering if either of them were related?

Get it checked: Unusual set of symptoms at your age. I would recommend seeing a Physician to determine the cause. You need a through evaluation especially with the history of coughing up blood ...Read more

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I am getting over my cold. But I still have this bad cough. Hurts my lower back and side, coughing up. Blood, and mucus stuck in my chest. Earache too?

I am getting over my cold. But I still have this bad cough. Hurts my lower back and side, coughing up. Blood, and mucus stuck in my chest. Earache too?

Exam and chest xray: You should be examined for severe bronchitis or possible pneumonia. Never ignore bloody expectoration. A chest film and antibiotics are a logical suggestion. Stop smoking! ...Read more

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When I breath in or out I taste blood in my mouth but there isn't any, and when I cough I feel like I'm coughing up blood but I'm not. Why is that?

Puzzler: If you taste blood but there is none, perhaps you are experiencing a metallic taste, which many describe blood to taste like. If so, think about medications being taken, many cause this, and there are medical conditions that can mimic this as well. It is beyond an internet diagnosis, and I suggest you see your physician soon to sort it out. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi doctor, Is coughing up blood a sysptom of hairline fractured ribs Not like big amounts just on flemmy cough (green thick)?

Hi doctor, Is coughing up blood a sysptom of hairline fractured ribs Not like big amounts just on flemmy cough (green thick)?

No: Coughing up blood can be a sign of infection or pulmonary embolus or heart valve condition. If severely short of breath or chest pain or lightheaded go to emergency room. Otherwise see primary care doctor for specific diagnosis and treatment this is a serious symptom needs a evaluation ...Read more

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I can feel a lump in my throat when I lift my head, there's also a bit of pain involved when I do that. I also started coughing blood when I cough fro?

I can feel a lump in my throat when I lift my head, there's also a bit of pain involved when I do that. I also started coughing blood when I cough fro?

See your doctor.: Coughing up blood is never normal. It deserves an evaluation to sort out what is going on. See your doctor soon. Do not delay. Good luck ...Read more

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I've been sick for a few days with headache and sore throat with pain and cough. Today I was coughing blood. Should it worry me? Is it contagious?

I've been sick for a few days with headache and sore throat with pain and cough. Today I was coughing blood. Should it worry me? Is it contagious?

See a doctor: Coughing up blood can be non-serious (blood from dried out nasal passages) or it can be serious (bacterial infection in the lungs, cancer). I would get seen by a doctor, possibly get a chest x-ray and treatment for whatever the underlying cause might be. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have cough with streptococcal tonsillitis in children under 4? Is a cough suppresent syrup recommended in such cases?

Is it possible to have cough with streptococcal tonsillitis in children under 4? Is a cough suppresent syrup recommended in such cases?

Yes: Although not typical of strep throat, coughs can be seen in a variety of situations. However, I would generally not recommend any cough medicines for young patients such as this. The antibiotics should take care of the strep, and increased fluids would be best for the cough. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old has a cough which keeps returning. He had tonsillitis a month ago snd now has a cough again and high temperature. What should I do?

My 3 yr old has a cough which keeps returning. He had tonsillitis a month ago snd now has a cough again and high temperature. What should I do?

Have him seen: It's hard to tell if he is having frequent, back-to-back illnesses or if he is having a recurrent infection that is not going away. If he is having a high fever and is acting ill, it's best to have him seen by your doctor. If he is having labored breathing, he should be seen right away. ...Read more

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Continious tonsillitis for 4 years kid and cough with mucous. Best ttt.

Continious tonsillitis for 4 years kid and cough with mucous. Best ttt.

Could be sinusitis: Confused as tonsillitis, given that the child has cough and mucous, tonsillitis wound't cause such, please check with his pediatrician / ENT doctor, if chronic sinusitis treatment would constitute longer course of antibiotics and other measures, good luck ...Read more

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Was told over a week ago I had bronchisits and tonsillitis still have a terrible cough what could be going on?

Was told over a week ago I had bronchisits and tonsillitis still have a terrible cough what could be going on?

Cough: Bronchitis can go one for a month with that bad cough. Sometimes though it can lead to pneumonia or a type of asthma called cough asthma. You many need a chest xray to check for pneumonia ...Read more

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My son has had a dry cough for about 4 months, he had tonsillitis to start with but the cough is still here even after antibiotics. No cough at night.?

My son has had a dry cough for about 4 months, he had tonsillitis to start with but the cough is still here even after antibiotics. No cough at night.?

He should be seen: It could be pertussis, or cough-variant asthma, even without a night-time cough, or allergy-triggered cough. There are other types of lung problems more common in certain age groups so it is important to know how old he is. No matter what, a prolonged cough is not normal and a complete history including environment, exam, possible blood/skin/xray tests need to be considered. ...Read more

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One and half year old baby gets fever and cough due to tonsillitis. What should be the usual routine to prevent its infection?

One and half year old baby gets fever and cough due to tonsillitis. What should be the usual routine to prevent its infection?

Hard to prevent: Toddlers touch people and touch everything. That makes it hard to prevent common colds and common throat infections. Toddlers also tend to play with other young kids. Kids cough and sneeze on one another, so it is hard to prevent infections. Try keeping toddlers far away from anybody who is has cold or cough symptoms, but sometimes that is not possible to do. ...Read more

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I've had a really bad cough for 3+ weeks now then couldn't swallow went to docs diagnosed tonsillitis they gave me penicillin but now its worse.?

I've had a really bad cough for 3+ weeks now then couldn't swallow went to docs diagnosed tonsillitis they gave me penicillin but now its worse.?

Alot worse?: If worse it needs to be checked. If you develop trouble swallowing to the point of drooling, painful opening of mouth, tender lymph node in neck opposite tonsil, you could have a peritonsillar abscess. If it's the cough that's worse, so long as you're not coughing up green or yellow, it's likely viral and will pass. If coughing until vomiting, may have pertussis, and need different antibiotic. ...Read more

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Should we start ventolin nebulization during streptococcal tonsillitis and cough (if wheezing starts) for a child around 4?

Should we start ventolin nebulization during streptococcal tonsillitis and cough (if wheezing starts) for a child around 4?

No: Ventoline has no effect on the tonsils nor the swelling in that area. It may cause increased heart rate and other unpleasant side effects. If the child has reactive airway disease and gets ventoline as part of his treatment, then he should follow treatment plan outlined by his doctor for acute exacerbations of his symptoms. ...Read more

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Slightly enlarged painless posterior cervical nodes, together with tonsillitis, productive cough & wisdom toothache, should I still push for biopsy?

Slightly enlarged painless posterior cervical nodes, together with tonsillitis, productive cough & wisdom toothache, should I still push for biopsy?

Infx questions: Many of your symptoms are closely associated with periocoronitis (infection and inflammation between your gums and the wisdom tooth). Lymph nodes are basically your drainage system for infections. Have xrays and an exam to determine the current status of your wisdom teeth. Most likely once these are removed or irrigated then your symptoms should subside.
Jeffrey r. Briney, d.D.S. ...Read more

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I have laryngitis, tonsillitis conjunctavitis flu chesty cough asthma body aches ESP my neck and head, the first 3 only since 8 hrs ago. Any ideas?

I have laryngitis, tonsillitis conjunctavitis flu chesty cough asthma body aches ESP my neck and head, the first 3 only since 8 hrs ago. Any ideas?

Viral syndrome: You likely have a viral infection. You should treat the symptoms (body aches, fever, sore throat) with Tylenol (acetaminophen) or aspirin. You may feel worse before you feel better and it may take several days or up to a week for symptoms to resolve. If you develop new symptoms like shortness of breath, inability to swallow see your doctor; it is unlikely that antiobiotics would help as this is likely viral. ...Read more

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Have a tender to the touch spot just under/right of adams apple. Have had a cold, sinus infection and mild tonsillitis with cough since oct. Is it bad?

Have a tender to the touch spot just under/right of adams apple. Have had a cold, sinus infection and mild tonsillitis with cough since oct. Is it bad?

Need an exam: Without being able to examine you this would only be a wild guess, but it may be an inflamed lymph node. If it persists you should go and see a doctor and be examined and diagnosed appropriately. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Knox
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Tonsillitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the tonsil tissue, which can be either an acute or chronic process. Most of the time, it is caused by infection. In the acute phase, most cases of tonsillitis are viral. Once the problem extends beyond 10 days, it typically ...Read more


Dr. Tanya Russo
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Coughing Blood (Definition)

Hematemesis = vomiting blood. Hemoptysis = coughing up ...Read more