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What does a whooping cough actually sound like?

What does a whooping cough actually sound like?

"Paroxysmal":: Very rapid cough-cough-cough-cough-cough [many many times without taking a breath] - then, running out of air, a huge gasping intake of breath that sounds like a "whoop" (hence the name). Then, almost instantly, starting over. ...Read more

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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 does a wheezing sound actually sound like? What does it mean to have a wheezing sound?

What does a wheezing sound actually sound like? What does it mean to have a wheezing sound?

Whistling: Wheezing in your lungs is just like whisling with your lips. A lot of air is being forced quickly through a narrow opening, and the result is a whistling sound. And just like whistling, the pitch and volume can vary somewhat, sometimes pretty low and sometimes high. In adults, wheezing is usually asthma. In kids, wheezing can be asthma, but it can be a lot of other things too. ...Read more

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What does a cardiac cough sound like?

What does a cardiac cough sound like?

Cough: Cough can be a symptom of cardiac disease, particularly heart failure. Sometimes people can wheeze as well. However, there is no such entity as a "cardiac cough" that has any specific characteristics that differentiate it from other types of cough. The whole clinical picture has to be considered. ...Read more

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What does pneumonia sound like in a child?

What does pneumonia sound like in a child?

Pneumonia: Usually pneumonia will present with a cough, the child may have fever, chest pain, shortness of air, and when you listen to their chest with a stethoscope you will hear "rales" which are faint sounds over the area of the lung that is involved. Sometimes also rhonchi, which are tubular sounds made by congestion in the airways. ...Read more

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Child makes whooping sound when inhaling but does not have the cough, is that a symptom of whooping cough?

Child makes whooping sound when inhaling but does not have the cough,  is that a symptom of whooping cough?

Whooping cough: Yes absolutely. But it can also be croup. Go straight to the pediatrician's office asap. If they are having difficulty breathing, go straight to the er now. ...Read more

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Is it weird to make a whooping sound?

Is it weird to make a whooping sound?

"Weird"?: It might be surprising, if you're not expecting a "whoop" to come out of you when it does -- and could possibly feel weird. The question is whether these are voluntary "whoops", which can express joy or excitement, or involuntary ones. If it's the latter, it may be a type of tic disorder. And if this troubles you, you could consult with your primary care doctor, or a psychiatrist. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a baby has a fever but no cold or cough?

What does it mean when a baby has a fever but no cold or cough?

How old?: And what other symptoms does baby have? If it is just a mild fever without other apparent issues the baby will, in all probability, recover uneventfully from a viral illness. If, however, other symptoms arise, the baby is acting quite differently than normally or you are overly concerned, suggest a visit to family doctor or pediatrician. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a cough asthma? How is that different from asthma?

What does it mean to have a cough asthma? How is that different from asthma?

Cough variant asthma: Cough variant asthma is commonly a mild form of asthma. The hallmark of traditional asthma is a whistling noise with breathing known as a wheeze. In cough variant, there is less frequently a wheeze and more commonly a cough. The common medicines for asthma usually treat it. ...Read more

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What does it mean when yout ear makes a cracklinh sound and itches?

What does it mean when yout ear makes a cracklinh sound and itches?

Ear issues: Might mean fluid behind the ears and probably indicates an allergy since that causes fluid behind the ear drums and itchy ears. Consider seeing an allergist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a whooping cough? Is this a lung problem?

What does it mean to have a whooping cough? Is this a lung problem?

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 more

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What can be a reason that my ear sound like a blown speaker?

What can be a reason that my ear sound like a blown speaker?

Ear issues: It may simply be that the eustachian tubes are blocked due to swelling or fluid behind the ears. It should resolve on its own but if it does not you should see your pcp for a possible ear drum rupture. ...Read more

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What does a weeze feel like. Does it feel like rattling or puring in the chest or lung?

What does a weeze feel like. Does it feel like rattling or puring in the chest or lung?

Wheezing: Wheezing is a noise. It represents a constriction of the airways and makes air moving past harder to get in or out. One with this constriction usually feels like they have a hard time catching their breath. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have bronchitis and you're coughing up phlegm that tastes like smoke, but you don't smoke?

What does it mean when you have bronchitis and you're coughing up phlegm that tastes like smoke, but you don't smoke?

Infection: If the phlegm is foul smelling or tasting it usually means there is infection. Coughing is away for your lungs to try and clear this material and help resolve the infection. Vast majority of infections are viral. Stay hydrated, using an expectorant like guaifenesin can be helpful in the mucus and make it easier to clear.if no improvement in 7 to 14 days, or worse, see your doctor ...Read more

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What could make a baby's cough sound croupy (that isn't croup) only lasting an hour or so. Dry throat? Second time toddler woke w scary cough. 

What could make a baby's cough sound croupy (that isn't croup) only lasting an hour or so. Dry throat? Second time toddler woke w scary cough. 

Sounds like croup: Croup is a barking (croupy) cough that is often worse at night (not all the time, necessarily). Mild croup is a viral illness that lasts for 4-7 days and is typically more distressing than serious. Look for signs that your kiddo is having trouble breathing as that means you may need to get them to the er right away. ...Read more

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What causes a squeaky hard cough?? If that makes sence

What causes a squeaky hard cough??  If that makes sence

See answer: I'm not certain the squeaky sound is significant. I think you will find the following information very helpful. It is designed for patients and describes the different causes of cough, the tests that can be done and the treatment for the different types of cough. > http://bit.ly/1PQ3UFM ...Read more

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What does it mean if I hear a wheeze sound when I breathe? Is something wrong with my lungs?

From airways: Wheezing is usually due to something narrowing the airways, either from congestion, asthma, bronchitis, or a tumor either compressing the airways or else blocking the opening of the airway. ...Read more

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Whooping Cough (Definition)

A contagious bacterial disease that often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty ...Read more