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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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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...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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How to know if this is a chest infection or my asthma?

How to know if this is a chest infection or my asthma?

Fever: Often a chest infection (pneumonia) will also present with fever (not always), so that may be a factor that differentiates the two. It is always good to talk to physician who will examine you. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a chest cold? Does this mean that something is wrong with my lungs?

What does it mean to have a chest cold? Does this mean that something is wrong with my lungs?

Virus in chest: The common cold tends to have "flavors." there are chest colds, nose colds, and nose colds, each in general caused by a slightly different class of cold virus. Chest colds tend to be caused by the "parainfluenza" viruses. It does not imply anything wrong with the lungs. People with a tendency toward asthma may get sicker with chest colds or get an asthma attack. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a lot of phlegm?

What does it mean to have a lot of phlegm?

Some infection: If one has a respiratory infection in the nose, sinuses, throat, or the lungs, the damaged cells lining the inside of those areas will ooze some mucus, which is clear but can have some color. If lots of white blood cells, plus dead/dying germs and respiratory lining cells, get mixed in with mucus, one has phlegm. If one drinks adequate water, both phlegm & mucus should get more and looser. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have no patellar reflex? Is this a serious condition?

What does it mean if I have no patellar reflex? Is this a serious condition?

Not always abnormal: An Absent Patellar tendon reflex is not always abnormal. As long as there are no other symptoms this may be normal for you. If you are concerned ask your physician. ...Read more

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I heard a vasectomy will cause vasitis. What does this mean and is it serious?

I heard a vasectomy will cause vasitis. What does this mean and is it serious?

Yes, but...: Vasitis is a technical term for inflammation of vas deferens, from which surgeon removes a section of about 2-3 cm so to complete vasectomy for male contraception. All viable tissues of body will react to any injury to them with inflammation to complete healing process. So, some degree of vasitis is normally expected ; in time resolved uneventfully although occasionally, few patients may have pain. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you cough a brown thing from your throat?

What does it mean if you cough a brown thing from your throat?

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

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What does it mean to have a "chronic" headache? Is there such a thing?

What does it mean to have a "chronic" headache? Is there such a thing?

Lots of variation...: It means to have a headache regularly over a long period of time. Believe it or not....Some people have daily headache and some have constant headache. Specialized headache clinics see many of these people. ...Read more

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I've heard that there is something called a "subtle pneumonia".Could you please explain what this is and the way it works?Does it have a medical name?

I've heard that there is something called a "subtle pneumonia".Could you please explain what this is and the way it works?Does it have a medical name?

Subtle Pneumonia: Either you do or don't have pneumonia. It may have been sounds heard by a stethoscope or your symptoms but not present on CXR. This would be enough evidence to treat. Sometimes these are called " soft signs". ...Read more

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Is it allergies or is it a cold? I have a hard time telling what the problem is.

Is it allergies or is it a cold?  I have a hard time telling what the problem is.

See below: Colds are normally a self limited illness of 10 to 14 days. A cold may have a fever with it for the first couple of day, allergies do not. Also, allergies tend to cause more sneezing, nasal itchiness, as well as, watery, itchy eyes. Allergy medications, zyrtec, claritin, and allegra, will not help alleviate cold symptoms. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you cough up a bit of blood?

What does it mean if you cough up a bit of blood?

Serious symptom...: The most likely reason to cough blood is acute bronchitis but this symptom always requires an evaluation by a doctor because it could be due to malignancy. So, if you cough up blood, see your doctor asap. If you smoke, your doctor can help with smoking cessation. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cystic fibrosis? Is this a noncurable disease?

What does it mean to have cystic fibrosis? Is this a noncurable disease?

Lung disease, & yes.: Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes thick secretions in the lungs and many other organs in the body. It is most often diagnosed in childhood. Children with this disease often have recurrent lung infections, as well as complications such as diabetes, intestinal obstruction, and liver disease. It is not curable, but the latest treatments allow patients to live into their forties. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a newborn has pneumopericardium?

What does it mean if a newborn has  pneumopericardium?

Air surrounds heart: The pericardium is a sac of tissue surrounding the heart. Rarely air can become trapped between the sac and heart itself. This can be severe and life threatening. ...Read more

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Hello, what does moderate hypoaeration mean on a cxr? Is it anything to be concerned about?

Hello, what does moderate hypoaeration mean on a cxr? Is it anything to be concerned about?

It probably: doesn't mean anything more than you happened to not take a big breath in when they took the xray, but check with your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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What would happen if a child has asthma but it is left untreated?

What would happen if a child has asthma but it is left untreated?

Not good: Untreated asthma can lead to irreversible damage in the lung and may impair the person's breathing for the rest of their life. A majority of children outgrow their asthma and early intervention and treatment is key to prevent long term sequelae. ...Read more

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What would cause an adult to have green stools? Is it something to worry about? Is it a sign of bowel cancer?

What would cause an adult to have green stools? Is it something to worry about? Is it a sign of bowel cancer?

Color: The color of stool doesnt matter unless they are red (bloody) white (acholic , no pigment) or back (tarry) for upper Gi bleed. The color can be affected by what we eat. No, it is not a sign of bowel cancer. ...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


Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Whooping Cough (Definition)

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