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When To Worry About A Cough In Adults
Should a worry about a cough that has been producing various shades of phlegm. Had cough for 4 days?
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
Had a cold over a week ago symptoms subsided still some conjestion in chest coughing up phlegm clear, , cough 4 perhour when to worry about a cough.
I have had an URI a couple weeks ago with a cough and trouble speaking. The URI is gone just not the cough. When to worry and not worry about a cough?
Cough: You might cough for 2-3 weeks or so with a cold. Typically that would be more so at night. If the cough persists more than 2-3 weeks, if there are persistent fevers, if the cough seems to be worsening, if weight loss, if cough worsens with activity, if short of breath, then these are all reasons to see the doctor and get this checked out. ...Read more
Cough with gag: The gag you are having is a reflex from the cough. You should not worry but think of the cough and what is causing it. A virus, exposure to chemicals or dust, infection with fever, asthma and acid reflux. If this is recent it may go away quickly (5-7days). If this is long term and chronic then you should see a physician. ...Read more
Postnasal drip: Most like causes of chronic cough in adults are chronic bronchitis (smokers with yellow am sputum), gastric reflux, cough variant asthma, allergy, and post nasal drip. Most cause dry cough but sometimes can expectorate clear saliva or mucous which is of infrequent concern especially if normal chest x-ray and no breathing problems. Average healthy nose makes 1-1.5 pints of mucous daily! ...Read more
Flu in pregnancy: If this is just a common cold, it should improve with taking home simple remedies such as rest, warm soup (chicken) as it imrpves your bodies defence mechanisms. You need to have your obstetrican evalaute you and the baby, during this time. If you do not have any dyspnea, I expect you to do well. Again butter to get checked out. Best wishes. ...Read more
How likely am I to catch whopping cough as an adult if I have had already had a booster shot for it?
Unlikely: It is very unlikely to get it as an adult specially if you had the booster shot. Check with your doctor to make sure you did not misdiagnosed ...Read more
I have a tickly cough that is making me gag. It woke me up twice last night and medicine doesn't help, is it anything to worry about? Had it 3 days
See physician: Tickly cough suggests allergic rhinitis and post nasal drip. Acid reflux may be considered. If medicines do not help, see your doc, and further work up may be necessary if this persists. At night time secretions do collect in lungs and throat and secretions going down into lungs may cause bronchospasm. ...Read more
I have a bad pain in my lower left side, it's painful particularly when I cough. Its gradually been getting worse since this morning. Should I worry?
Depends on symptoms:
lungs-short of breath, hurts to breathe, coughing up blood, discolored phlegm, (pneumonia).
Kidney-pain/frequency of urination, bad smelling or blood in urine, sharp pain down side (infection or kidney stone).
Ovary-focal, sharp pain (cyst).
See a doctor asap especially with fever/chills or vomiting. If only muscles between ribs hurt (costrochonditis), try heat/aleve or advil (ibuprofen). ...Read more
Sometimes a dry cough can be from a minor irritation
such as dry windy weather or allergies, sometimes from a minor cold. It sounds like possible allergies. Treating with an antihistamine like claritin (loratadine) is a possibility if the condition is persistent or occurs frequently
consult with your doctor ...Read more
My 3-1/2 yrs old son got croup with woughping cough 2nd time in last 4 months. Is it something to worry about?
It could be allergy: This could be related to allergies needs to be examined and tested ...Read more
Had broncotis and after a month still have clear mucus which makes me cough and sometimes laryngitis Should I worry?
Post nasal drip: There are two common causes of lingering cough after bronchitis in patients with a normal chest x-ray; (1) upper airway cough syndrome (postnasal drip syndrome) and (2) underlying wheezing or asthma. The former is related to inflammation of the upper airways and the latter is related to inflammation of the lower airways. Both can cause a hoarse voice. See your doctor for a definite diagnosis. ...Read more
I think I may have chronic bronchitis. I developed a cough last year and it is back this fall. I do not smoke. What is the proper adult dosage?
Slight pinching pain near appendix, no more than 2 or 3 on pain scale. Feel it sometimes when I move or cough. Should I worry about appendicitis?
Could u pl let know the reasons having cough only in night & not in day time in adults & also in children. If allergies, how to find tht what allergy is?
Not Common: People often talk about cough variant asthma, but it really is asthma with cough as a symptom instead of wheeze. So if you are coughing see an allergist and have a breathing test called a spirometry. This will tell you if asthma is there or not. The most common cause of cough is post nasal drip and acid reflux can also play a big role. ...Read more
Yes...: Persistent cough in a smoker could be a sign of copd. If the cough is productive, chronic bronchitis may be present and if non-productive, empysema may be present. Either way, you should see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. Smoking cessation is absolutely necessary and your doctor can also help with this. ...Read more
Cough: Persistent cough can be due to sinus infections, asthma, smoking, lung infection or disease and GERD. If your cough has lasted more than 2-3 weeks whether persistent or intermittent you really need to see your doctor and go through the list of possibilities for you. A cough is a mechanical way for the body to eliminate mucous from the lung which is normally migrates out without any effort. ...Read more
Yes and no:
The fact that you are having some pain is concerning.
It may be nothing but I would recommend seeing your doctor to make sure everything is okay.
Especially if it persists or worsens. ...Read more
Can an adult take a double dosage of children's benylin (dextromethorphan) night time cough or more?
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