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I cough before bed and in my sleep. It happens in episodes and it sounds like I am choking. There is no wheezing and no other symptoms. What is wrong?

I cough before bed and in my sleep. It happens in episodes and it sounds like I am choking. There is no wheezing and no other symptoms. What is wrong?

Several things: You need to see a physician. You may have allergies that are exacerbated when you are in a reclined position to sleep or you may have mild acid reflux which becomes evident when reclined. If allergies, you could try nasal irrigation with a netti pot and mild salt solution (per the instructions) this may remove enough allergins from your sinus to reduce this problem. ...Read more

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Wheezing (Definition)

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


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It's been suggested - not confirmed - that I may have Gastritis. I have mild SOB/wheezing-breathing, BUT with NO other symptoms. Think it's related?

It's been suggested - not confirmed - that I may have Gastritis.  I have mild SOB/wheezing-breathing, BUT with NO other symptoms.  Think it's related?

Not necessarily: If your wheezing is periodic and associated while sleeping it could be related to aspiration symptoms associated with reflux esophagitis. However wheezing as a symptom can be due to cardiac or pulmonary issues as well. My suggestion would be to follow up with a doctor who can determine the etiology of your shortness of breath and wheezing. ...Read more

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Hypothyroid, is wheezing a symptom?

Hypothyroid, is wheezing a symptom?

Not usually: Hypothyroidism can be associated with goiter, an enlarged thyroid. Usually breathing is not affected, but in extreme cases, one could imagine pressure could be put on the airway - technically this is not called wheezing, but stridor, and is an emergency. The term wheezing is used to describe noises in the chest, not the upper airway. ...Read more

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What breathing symptoms should I look for; not wheezing but feels tighter to breathe?

What breathing symptoms should I look for; not wheezing but feels tighter to breathe?

Trouble breathing: Throat/chest tightness (with or without wheezing) can be caused by many things: infection (chest cold, bronchitis, pneumonia), asthma, allergy (food, medication, environment), irritation (smoke, pollution, climate change), anxiety, decreased oxygen (anemia, lung problems, high altitude) or even heart problems. If it persists or gets worse, get checked out by your primary care doc. ...Read more

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Have had a non-productive cough off and on for about 2 weeks. Not better or worse, and no other symptoms. Not wheezing. What should I do?

Have had a non-productive cough off and on for about 2 weeks. Not better or worse, and no other symptoms. Not wheezing. What should I do?

See doctor...: This could be a sign of bronchospasm which can be treated with bronchodilator inhalers. Some people have coughing instead of wheezing as a sign of bronchospasm. Other possibilities for your cough include post-nasal drip, GERD, bronchitis, etc. The only way to get diagnosed and treated is to see your doctor. You have been coughing long enough!!! Good luck!!! ...Read more

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Some symptoms of asthma if you don't wheeze but cough when you run or jog?

Some symptoms of asthma if you don't wheeze but cough when you run or jog?

Possibly...: Sometimes patients w/asthma cough and don't wheeze. To determine if you have this, your doctor could send you for pulmonary function testing and, if normal, you could inhale a chemical that will induce bronchospasm if you are sensitive. If this is positive, your cough is likely due to bronchospasm and treatment can be given. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies i can try to help soothe my asthma symptoms..Such as wheezing or breathlessnes, other than using my inhaler?

Are there any home remedies i can try to help soothe my asthma symptoms..Such as wheezing or breathlessnes, other than using my inhaler?

Inhaler is best: Quick-relief medication like albuterol is preferred way to get relief from asthma symptoms. It helps to stay calm, relax, remove yourself from asthma triggers (if present) it's controversial, but yoga can help with breathing relaxation. ...Read more

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17, female tightness on right side of chest, no pain, slight cough. Non-smoker. No other symptoms apart from slight wheeze. Should I worry?

17, female tightness on right side of chest, no pain, slight cough. Non-smoker. No other symptoms apart from slight wheeze. Should I worry?

URI: I commend you for being “Non-smoker”
Your symptoms are likely due to upper respiratory tract infection.
Other possible causes at your age can be Asthma, Allergy, or Bronchitis.
At this time, symptoms are not severe.
It will be beneficial to see Physician for Diagnosis and management. ...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

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How can I treat a sinus cold or mucus drip or any other cold symptoms with wheezing?

Cough asthma inhaler: Wheezing may indicate that you have asthma. An inhaler such as albuterol may be prescribed by your doctor. For nasal congestion, nasal rinses and clearing the nasal passages helps to reduce post nasal drip and cough. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does the beginning symptoms of acute bronchitis include burning dry cough and intermittent wheezing?

Does the beginning symptoms of acute bronchitis include burning dry cough and intermittent wheezing?

Yes: Those can be the beginning of bronchitis or any upper respiratory infection. This is almost always viral and takes 5-10 days to clear. If you run a fever and/or are short of breath see your doctor. Otherwise rest, fluids, DayQuil/NyQuil and time! ...Read more

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My two year old has a wheezing cough and is struggling to eat as her nasal passages are blocked, what can I do to ease the symptoms?

My two year old has a wheezing cough and is struggling to eat as her nasal passages are blocked, what can I do to ease the symptoms?

Immediate exam: Use saline nasal saline drops from the drug store and a vaporizer for your child. Help to gently clear the discharge with tissue. Also, I suggest an immediate exam at a clinic. Serious illnesses such as pneumonia must be checked for. The sooner your child is properly examined at a clinic the better the chances for a full recovery. ...Read more

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Can poorly controlled asthma turn into COPD even if you never smoked? Only asthma symptom is constant phlegm, hardly wheeze, asthma since 3.

Can poorly controlled asthma turn into COPD even if you never smoked? Only asthma symptom is constant phlegm,  hardly wheeze,  asthma since 3.

YES: Poorly controlled asthma is a chronic disorder of obstruction(copd). You should be on a long acting beta agonit, inhaled steroid and have frequent pulmonary f/u. Other therapy includes xolair, and thermal bronchoscopy. ...Read more

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Asthma symptoms: wheezing coughing hard to breathe. Healthy 21 y/o male, nonsmoker. Not on meds. Have had flareups before, now returning. Nebulizer?

Asthma symptoms: wheezing coughing hard to breathe. Healthy 21 y/o male, nonsmoker. Not on meds. Have had flareups before, now returning. Nebulizer?

ER or urgent care: to help you with the asthma flare you currently suffer from, later, you need to be put on long term controller therapy with an asthma action plan, see an allergist, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area ...Read more

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I've had some bad wheezing in my chest after a bad allergy attack a week ago. Also having bad hot flash like symptoms. Should I be concerned? Only 22.

I've had some bad wheezing in my chest after a bad allergy attack a week ago. Also having bad hot flash like symptoms. Should I be concerned? Only 22.

Yes: if you have breathing problem on long term basis it is not enough to take inhalers etc. we propose you to treat the cause that is usually environmental. To learn more please visit us at www.ehacstl.com to learn about treating the cause of illness. If interested Please make an appointment ...Read more

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How do doctors treat a patient with both asthma and SVT with daily symptoms of chronic coughing and wheezing?

How do doctors treat a patient with both asthma and SVT with daily symptoms of chronic coughing and wheezing?

Good question : Asthma control needs a comprehensive evaluation, control of co-morbid conditions as rhino-sinustis, GERD, etc is important, adherence to treatment plan for controller medications, not including LABA, is needed, for breakthrough symptoms or asthma flares, levoalbuterol, which doesn't cause tachycardia, can be used for opening up the lower airways, the bronchi, regular follow-up is important ...Read more

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Can a person have an asthma attack without feeling breathless and no wheezing. Can the only symptom be coughing?

Can a person have an asthma attack without feeling breathless and no wheezing. Can the only symptom be coughing?

Yes: Common for asthma to present as a cough and not wheeze, in a person who has asthma. You have to treat a cough like you are wheezing, especially in children. ...Read more

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I am 20 weeks pregnant been sick going on 3 weeks... new symptoms today include wheezing heavily.. I'm taking my inhaler but it seems to not be workin?

I am 20 weeks pregnant been sick going on 3 weeks... new symptoms today include wheezing heavily.. I'm taking my inhaler but it seems to not be workin?

See doctor now: You may need to take different medications. Inhalers help temporarily and are dangerous if overused. It's time to see if you have other underlying problems such as a bacterial infection which would require antibiotics. Or even some form of steroids. Both require prescription and a doctor visit. ...Read more

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For 1wk wake up with slight tightness in chest, wheezing. Goes away after ~30min. Quit smoking 2yrs ago, had same symptoms b4 quitting. ?

For 1wk wake up with slight tightness in chest, wheezing. Goes away after ~30min. Quit smoking 2yrs ago, had same symptoms b4 quitting. ?

Mgt: It would be helpful to review your symptoms in more detail.
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Your asthma action plan should be used to guide therapy. ...Read more

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I have Flu symptoms. I also have asthma. I have been wheezing. I am worried I could get a severe asthma attack, and be hospitalized. I am 26.

I have Flu symptoms. I also have asthma. I have been wheezing. I am worried I could get a severe asthma attack, and be hospitalized. I am 26.

Yes: Better consult your physician since viral infection is the most common cause to trigger an asthma attack and a short course of steroid may well be needed. In the future, be sure to get your flu shot annually in the fall. If your flu symptoms have been present for less than 2 days, your doctor may prescribe a drug for your flu as well. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Lyme disease and can it wait 2 - 3 months to show symptoms got bit by one now throwing up coughing tired and wheezing?

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease and can it wait 2 - 3 months to show symptoms got bit by one now throwing up coughing tired and wheezing?

Many and varied; yes: Lyme disease can cause virtually any symptom in the world. Early lyme tends to cause non-specific flu-like symptoms & a rash. Then it tends to cause joint pains (esp. Knee pain) & fatigue. It often causes problems with memory & concentration & a variety of neurological symptoms. As it progresses it may be misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis etc.See comment:. ...Read more