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My 6 yr old son began coughing 2 days ago. Sounds congested. Waking in his sleep now with wheezing.Had OTC cold/cough+antihistamine. Not helping!

My 6 yr old son began coughing 2 days ago. Sounds congested. Waking in his sleep now with wheezing.Had OTC cold/cough+antihistamine. Not helping!

No OTC: I'm not surprised the over-the-counter meds didn't help. Studies have clearly shown they are pretty much a waste of money in kids, and probably just delay appropriate treatment if needed. Many of these things are caused by viruses, but if you are hearing audible wheezing, then your child needs further evaluation to see if prescription medications would be helpful. Don't wait until monday. ...Read more

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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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Dry cough at night @10pm,1pm almost 2mths. Colds gone, no wheezing, general dr check all ok. Lasting longer than post cold. Winter now here ?

Dry cough at night @10pm,1pm almost 2mths. Colds gone, no wheezing, general dr check all ok. Lasting longer than post cold. Winter now here ?

Mgt: I would suggest being seen by a pulmonary specialist, or scheduling a virtual appointment online. He may have inflammation in the lung, and/or allergic reaction, a new infection or structural changes in the airway for example. A chest radiograph may be useful depending on more details. ...Read more

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I get a dry cough and slight wheeze every winter after a head cold that lasts for about 6 weeks.ok in the summer!what could cause it? Thanks!

I get a dry cough and slight wheeze every winter after a head cold that lasts for about 6 weeks.ok in the summer!what could cause it? Thanks!

Possibly allergic: Sounds like a seasonal allergic response, or senstivity to an inhaled substance however given your age, it's best to get it checked out. Dry cough and wheeze can also be related to asthma, and reflux. ...Read more

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Had a bad cold for a week & at the end got a cough. Cough has turned into a week of wheezing (unable to breath in/out properly) that won't leave.

Wheezing: It may be that your cold triggered an asthma attack or a chest infection. Be seen by your doctor for assessment and medication. A CXR may be required. All the best. ...Read more

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Im battling cough and colds his week. Why do I make whimpering and wheezing sounds when i sleep? How do I stop?

Im battling cough and colds his week. Why do I make whimpering and wheezing sounds when i sleep? How do I stop?

Bronchitis, asthma?: Do you smoke? This could be from asthmatic bronchitis most likely affected from cold symptoms please see your primary care provider if the wheezing or noisy breathing persist after four to five days of cold symptoms. This could be sign of sleep apnea please talk to your primary care provider regarding this. ...Read more

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I cough (chesty cough) when im feeling cold or in very cold environment. I smoke. No sputum/phlegm but a bit of wheezing?

I cough (chesty cough) when im feeling cold or in very cold environment. I smoke. No sputum/phlegm but a bit of wheezing?

Asthma: Patients with asthma often find that their symptoms of wheezing and/or coughing will be worse in cold air or if they have a cold. Certainly the smoking may also make you more sensitive to irritants or allergens which can trigger symptoms. Stopping smoking and getting on the correct medication will make it easier to control your symptoms. ...Read more

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I've had a slight cold. Coughing mainly. I don't have asthma but I have a wheezing in my chest along w/a cough. Any suggestions?

I've had a slight cold. Coughing mainly. I don't have asthma but I have a wheezing in my chest along w/a cough. Any suggestions?

Asthmatic bronchitis: You may have asthmatic bronchitis if not frank asthma. Wheezing will give you cough. Go to the doctor's and get some inhalers and a check up. Good luck! ...Read more

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It seems like I have a cold, but the symptoms are in my chest only. I don't have a cough and I'm not wheezing. Could I still have bronchitis?

It seems like I have a cold, but the symptoms are in my chest only. I don't have a cough and I'm not wheezing. Could I still have bronchitis?

Follow up: It is still possible, but cough is a common finding during bronchitis. Most bronchitic infections are caused by viral infections. Pulm virtual consult available to discuss. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound during breathing. It occurs when air flows through ...Read more