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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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What diseases would cause you to cough up blood or have blood in the phlegm?

What diseases would cause you to cough up blood or have blood in the phlegm?

Hemoptysis: It depends on what the medical and social history of the patient is. The differential ranges from infection to cancer especially if the patient is a smoker. Hemoptysis requires a thorough medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes adults to cough up blood?

What causes adults to cough up blood?

Possibilities...: The most common reason for coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is bronchitis. But, malignancy must always be ruled out so, if you are coughing blood, see your doctor asap! ...Read more

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What could cause you to cough up blood?

What could cause you to cough up blood?

Hemoptysis...: Coughing blood, or hemoptysis, is usually caused by bronchitis. However, malignancy must be ruled out so this symptom must always be evaluated by a doctor! ...Read more

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What can cause someone cough up blood? Is that serious?

What can cause someone cough up blood? Is that serious?

Frank blood is: serious. Per Mayo Clinic, possible reasons for coughing blood include: chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, cystic Fibrosis, pneumonia, abscess of lung, emphysema,pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, parasitic infections. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/coughing-up-blood/basics/causes/sym-20050934 ...Read more

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What can cause you to cough up blood?

What can cause you to cough up blood?

Frank Blood?: Per Mayo Clinic, possible reasons for coughing blood include: chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, cystic Fibrosis, pneumonia, abscess of lung, emphysema,pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, parasitic infections. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/coughing-up-blood/basics/causes/sym-20050934 ...Read more

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What causes a person to sneeze?

What causes a person to sneeze?

Nasal irritation: Often it is because of some form of nasal irritation, such as an allergy, cold or sensitivity. Sometimes there is a structural problem such as a deviated septum or sinus condition. Rarely there is a foreign body or growth causing the sneezing. If sneezing seems to be getting worse, one should see a doctor. ...Read more

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What type of infection can cause you to cough up blood?

What type of infection can cause you to cough up blood?

In fact any can: If the infection irritates the lining of your airways you may cough up some blood, similar to how constantly blowing your nose, just from allergies, can lead to blood in your nasal secretions. There are some more aggressive bacterial or fungal infections that can erode into blood vessels in the lung and cause more serious bleeding though. ...Read more

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What can cause one to cough up blood?

What can cause one to cough up blood?

Possibilities...: Coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is caused by bronchitis most of the time. However, malignancy can also cause this so coughing blood is a symptom that always requires an evaluation by a doctor so that malignancy can be ruled out. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a person to cough up bloody flem after having a cold?

What are the causes of a person to cough up bloody flem after having a cold?

Cough: Sometimes forceful coughing can cause superficial blood vessels to rupture. Some infections are really irritating to the airway and leave it more susceptible to bleeding from the inflammation. In general, the cough and bloody expectorant should resolved or be resolving within a week of the infectious symptoms resolving. If you are concerned or symptoms don't resolve, see your doctor! ...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 a person to have to vomit a lot of mucus?

What causes a person to have to vomit a lot of mucus?

Allergies and GERD: The two most common causes is allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) and acid reflux (GERD). If you have runny nose and congestion, it's likely allergies. If you have heartburn and upset stomach it's likely GERD. Both of these conditions can be related to diet. Consider doing a 4 week elimination diet off dairy and gluten. ...Read more

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What could cause a person to wake up choking?

What could cause a person to wake up choking?

Reflux: People with reflux disease wake up when their stomach contents reflux into their throats and from their into their airways. ...Read more

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What could be the cause to spitting up blood when coughing?

What could be the cause to spitting up blood when coughing?

See your doctor: Could be bloody post nasal drip, bleeding from back of mouth/throat, or even pneumonia. Definitely a symptom you don't want to ignore. Please make an appointment with your physician. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause a child to cough up blood?

Coughing blood: Coughing blood could indicate serious infection like pneumonia or chronic lung infection. Sonetimes, from coughing alot it could have scratched the back of the throat to cause the blood to appear. Tuberculosis might do this too. ...Read more

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What are the causes of you to cough up blood?

This is serious: If you've coughted up blood and you're not just recovering from a chest cold, you have treatable tuberculosis until proved otherwise. Get right with your physician. Nowadays lung cancer is more common in many parts of the world, and there are other causes as well, but you owe it to yourself and those around you to get checked without delay. ...Read more

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What could cause a person to wake up coffin and gasping for air.

What could cause a person to wake up coffin and gasping for air.

Cough/air hunger: Several possibilities e.g. Sleep apnea, or gerd a condition where stomach contents regurgitate into your throat during sleep. See your doctor for complete exam and workup for your problem. ...Read more

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Hacking every morning. What can cause a person to have a chronic cough?

Hacking every morning. What can cause a person to have a chronic cough?

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 more

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