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What Can A Persistent Cough Mean
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
It's an infection.: Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing. the coughing can make it difficult to breathe. a deep "whooping" sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath. It is an upper respiratory infection caused by the bordetella pertussis or bordetella parapertussis bacteria. It can be prevented by vaccine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends....: If it is from the airways, it may be a sign of acute bronchitis, an infection of the airways. It may have originated from your sinuses and be a result of post-nasal drip which may indicate a sinus infection. Your doctor can tell the difference by examining you and then will be able to treat the problem. ...Read more
Determine cause: Chronic cough is most commonly due to 3 conditions: asthma, post-nasal drip, or GERD (heartburn). You might have one or a combination of all three. Post-viral cough is also very common and can last for weeks. Further workup by Allergist is helpful as they can perform a more detailed assessment including skin testing, pulmonary function testing, etc. Treatment will depend on cause. ...Read more
Possibilities...: Possible etiologies for a chronic cough include bronchospasm due to any cause, gerd, sinus problems or even a combination of these factors. Each of these diagnoses has a different treatment so you need to continue to see your doctor until the right combination of treatments is found that resolves the cough. You may need some tests to make the complete diagnosis. So, see your doctor. ...Read more
Maybe asthma or copd: Healthy folks should not have shortness of breath from a common cold, but those with underlying disease such as asthma and/or chronic-obstructive-pulmonary disease (COPD) can experience shortness of breath. Significant pneumonia or blood clot can do so as well, or even heart disease/failure can do too. Being 57, please consult doc for eval as it is not normal. Good luck. ...Read more
What can I do if my breathing treatment for asthma caused me to get a bloody nose is this normal?
Broncial inflammatio: 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 is helpful for bronchial irritation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
See below: Simply means you are likely gagging on mucous in your throat from an illness or allergies. However, depending on how long the cough has been going on can also help determine if other more concerning issues are occurring. See you doc for an evaluation if the cough has been chronic. ...Read more
Fever & sore throat: You likely have an infection. Could be viral or bacterial. For viral infection, we treat these with supportive measures, like increasing fluid intake and vitamins. For bacterial infections we do the same, but if severe enough, you may need antibiotics, but usually just for strep. ...Read more
Treatment...: Treatment of a persistent cough depends on the etiologies and, there may be several etiologies present, all of which need to be treated to resolve the cough. Possible etiologies of the cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. You may need testing to diagnose this cough. If you smoke, you need to quit asap! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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