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Why Am I Coughing
I have a wiered cough and its anoying my family why am i coughing/hacking so badly at the age of 13?
Cough tic : One possibility, suggested by your statement that it irritates your family, is a cough tic. If you have had a sore throat in the past few months and you now have this tic you may be having a reaction to antibodies formed from a strep infection . Ask your doctor to consider PANDAS. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Not all about tests: A diagnosis of the cause of a chronic cough should not only be with tests. You should see a physician who listens to a full history and does a complete physical examination. The 3 most common reasons for a chronic cough are asthma, rhinitis, and gastroesophageal reflux. Tests can be normal in all 3. Please see someone or set up an appt with a HealthTap physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: .. on which test were done? Potential causes of persistent cough are too many to discuss here. Medication side effect is often overlooked. Persistent post nasal drip (allergy or non-allergy related), acid reflux, asthma, or vocal cord lesion are common causes that may occur with normal lab results (if not "looking" in the right direction). ...Read more
Are you swallowing : It down the wrong drainpipe? Does it happen with other liquids too? If so contact your doc and explain the situation. ...Read more
Possibilities...: You may need to have an ear/nose/throat doctor examine your vocal cords with a small scope (office procedure). Sometimes, there can be a nerve injury related to neck surgery that can cause vocal cord paralysis, leading to coughing. See your doctor so this can be arranged! ...Read more
Possibilities.....: Possible causes of your cough include bronchospasm( especially with wheezing), post-nasal drip, acute bronchitis from an airway infection, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Your doctor can first diagnose and then treat your cough. If you are smoking, you need to quit to reduce airway inflammation. ...Read more
Maybe LPR: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid ; pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance ph testing with a symptom diary can best characterize your LPR. ...Read more
I just had an endoscopy done and was tested positive for h pylori. I have no ulcers so why am i coughing?
Why am i coughing up black phlegm ? I stopped smoking a couple of weeks ago cold turkey and now have developed pneumonia . Help
Clearing out toxins: Coughing up black phlegm in your situation is not an indication of pneumonia. Smoke paralyzes cilia, tiny hairs that line the bronchial tubes that clear debris from the lungs. Now that you have stopped, your cilia have started to do their job of clearing out all of the tars & other gunk that has accumulated.This is a temporary phase.You can see a doctor to make sure there's no infection.Congrats! ...Read more
Hematemesis: Coughing up blood is never good, go to the er. ...Read more
Why am I coughing up clear mucus/foamy mucus mixed with milky white mucus? Also worsening wheezing despite antibiotics, steroids, and singulair (montelukast)
ACUTE BRONCHITIS: Your symptoms are consistent with acute bronchitis . You need to be reevaluated labs and CXR checked to rule out pneumonia. You will probably need a different course of antibiotics and a nebulizer to give deeper penetration for medication Please get evaluated promptly! ...Read more
Why am I coughing so much an my throat is feeling scratchy and my eyes are feeling like something is in them after I finished cleaning with bleach?
Bleach is toxic!!: Please get fresh air, drink water, ventilate the space that you used bleach, rinse your eyes with clean water. If you have breathing problems - you will need to seek medical attention. ...Read more
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