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Does a constant cough mean cancer?

Does a constant cough mean cancer?

Usually no: Constant cough can be due to many things: asthma, allergy, bronchitis, pneumonia. After an episode of bronchitis, persistent coughing can last for several weeks. In only a minority of cases that it is associated with cancer, even in smokers. However, if you have a cough that does not seem to go away (especially if you are a smoker, or has weight loss ect...), you should see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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My son is 8. Has constant mucus cough and throwing up yellow. What does that mean?

My son is 8. Has constant mucus cough and throwing up yellow. What does that mean?

Yellow upheaval: Your child has an ailment affecting his respiratory tree. At this time of year the most common cause is a viral upper respiratory infection or possibly the flu. The yellow vomitis is probably mucus, but if he has been vomiting for a prolonged period it may be bile. Other causes may be due to allergies or there may be a smoker in the house. If symptoms continue, it's time to get checked out. ...Read more

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2 year old went to doc has sinus infection what can I do in.Mean time to help with her cough from flim in throat its a constant cough she can't stop?

2 year old went to doc has sinus infection what can I do in.Mean time to help with her cough from flim in throat its a constant cough she can't stop?

Cough: Her cough appears to be due to a post nasal drip from her sinuses. Keep her well hydrated, but avoid milk and milk products. Use a bulb syringe and use salt water nose drops several times a day. Use the vaporizer and elevate her mattress when sleeping. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have cough?

What does it mean if I have cough?

Infection: Most coughs lasting less than a couple weeks are related to viral infections or less likely bacterial infection. Chronic coughs are usually related to post nasal drip from allergies, asthma, and occasionally heart burn disease (gerd). Other possibilities include medications called ace inhibitors and rarely more concerning processes that need more careful history. ...Read more

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If you cough green what does it mean?

If you cough green what does it mean?

Inflammation....: Green sputum, especially if acute onset, can be indicative of an infection like bronchitis or pneumonia. It can also be present with underlying inflammation of a non-infectious etiology. If it persists, see your doctor for evaluation, including a sputum culture, and treatment. ...Read more

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Brownish cough in the morning, what does it mean?

Brownish cough in the morning, what does it mean?

Go see your doctor: Without more information, it's difficult to give more specific ideas. First, if you smoke, it's time to stop. Second, if you're short of breath, you may be experiencing reactive airway disease and be in need of a short acting bronchodilator such as albuterol. Third, if you have a fever, it's a good idea to go see your family doc to see if you have pneumonia. Most bronchitis is viral so no antibiot. ...Read more

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Can there be some kind of drug that causes one to cough constantly?

Can there be some kind of drug that causes one to cough constantly?

ACE inhibitor: The class of medication called ace inhibitor used for high blood pressure has a side effect of causing cough in about 10% of people who take it. Also, the class of medications called beta-blockers can induce asthma in susceptible people causing cough, wheeze and difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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What could it mean when i cough really hard even though i don't smoke?

What could it mean when i cough really hard even though i don't smoke?

Cough: Chronic cough can be from Asthma variant cough and habitual cough. Nonsmoker can still get lung cancer, TB and other chronic lung disease that cause coughing. See your primary doctor first. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if you still have a bad, deep cough a week after a cold?

What exactly does it mean if you still have a bad, deep cough a week after a cold?

Cough after a cold: If a cough continues after a cold this could represent a sinus infection with cough from post nasal drip or less likely a pneumonia. If the "cold" was really pertussis (whooping cough), the cough may continue for a few months. With asthma, there is lingering cough after colds. This may/may not be accompanied by wheezing and shortness of breath. If cough persists over 4 weeks see a doctor. ...Read more