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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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What is wheezing? My kids nose whistles when she breathes. She currently has cough n colds.

What is wheezing? My kids nose whistles when she breathes. She currently has cough n colds.

Wheezing: Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound usually made while breathing out but in severe cases even with breathing in. Its due to swelling and constriction of the lining of the tubes in the lung. As the air passes through the narrowed passages, a stained whistling noise is made. Happens with allergies or infection. Nasal congection can cause noise (stertor) but its not wheezing. See your doctor.

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2 yr old has a cold accompanied by cough and wheezing. Eating and playing normally. Is the wheezing normal?

2 yr old has a cold accompanied by cough and wheezing. Eating and playing normally. Is the wheezing normal?

Common issue: Many lower respiratory tract infections will trigger wheezing in infants and toddlers. This can vary from minor to so prominent the kid has air hunger and refuses to eat or drink. The tendency tends to decline as the kid grows and diminishes considerably after the age of 5. The older/larger the kid is the more resistant the airways are to this process.

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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.

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Wheeze at the end of a very deep inhale what causes it?also had a cold last week was left with a bad cough wich is slowly starting to go away.

Wheeze at the end of a very deep inhale what causes it?also had a cold last week was left with a bad cough wich is slowly starting to go away.

Wheeze: After a bad cold the airways can constrict (get smaller) or spasm - this can cause a wheeze when you exhale or let your breath out. It should resolve if you do not have a history of asthma. You can take some magnesium glycinate from the health food store and this might help to relax your airway. We use this treatment in the emergency room and hospital.

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2months-breathing is funny.Feels like my bronchi are inflamed and "URGE" to cough, occasional wheeze. Off and on. Cold air worsens. Allergic to air?

2months-breathing is funny.Feels like my bronchi are inflamed and "URGE" to cough, occasional wheeze. Off and on. Cold air worsens. Allergic to air?

Breathing issue.: This could be a number of things. Asthma comes to mind, with shortness of breath being triggered by the coldness of the air, or by irritants or pollutants in the air, or by exertion or activity. Could be allergic rhinitis with a post-nasal drip, which can interestingly cause a cough, breathing trouble and wheeze at times. Do you smoke? Because this could be related to smoking as well.

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I wheeze when I breathe have no cold/cough or any virus but I do smoke and I am quite unfit is this normal I also get breathless very easily?

Wheezing: Wheezing requires an exam and a good explanation - could be due to smoking, but could also be any one of a number of easily correctable problems including asthma or nocturnal aspiration, etc.... Se your doc to have them listen and consider pulmonary function testing. You have not been smoking long enough to be wheezing related to that....

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I have a cold, In the morning I feel rattling in chest so I cough mucus up and out and I'm wheezing throughout the day. Should cold run its course?

Wheezing: if wheezing should get treatment, as this is not the norm and compromises effective oxygenation and places stress on the lungs and heart. may need inhaler. May also need antibiotics as even viral infections can get superinfected with bacteria. f/u/ w/ doc

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Just getting over cold and now have a cough, tight chest and feels like phlegm on chest and my chest feels cold and wheezing?

Just getting over cold and now have a cough, tight chest and feels like phlegm on chest and my chest feels cold and wheezing?

Viral lower resp.inf: Although what started out as an upper respiratory tract viral infection, now appears to have migrated downward into the lower respiratory tract causing bronchitis or even pneumonia. Strongly suggest you consult your physician for diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...Read more