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I have a wiered cough and its anoying my family why am i coughing/hacking so badly at the age of 13?

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 more

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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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Why am I coughing so hard and then it hurts ?

Why am I coughing so hard and then it hurts
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Muscle strain: Coughing hard can produce musculoskeletal pain in the chest and diagpragm as well as possibly induce stretching pain in your lung lining. ...Read more

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Why am I coughing so much if all of the tests showed I'm fine?

Why am I coughing so much if all of the tests showed I'm fine?

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 more

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Why am I coughing so much if all of the tests showed I'm fine?

Why am I coughing so much if all of the tests showed I'm fine?

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

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Why am i coughing white frothy foam?

Why am i coughing white frothy foam?

Good question: There are many causes of chronic cough with white sputum production that is foamy. Copd, chronic bronchitis, heart failure, post nasal drip are all possibilities. See your physician to get evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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Why am I coughing from drinking ice water? And what can I do about it?

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

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Why am I coughing up so much phlegm?

Why am I coughing up so much phlegm?

Phlegm: Many reasons. Drainage from sinuses is the most common cause. Others are, smokers lung, bronchiectasis,asthma ...Read more

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Why am i coughing up blood?

Why am i coughing up blood?

I don't know but: I don't know without more information but coughing up blood is one of those symptoms that requires immediate attention by a doctor. Do not wait or hesitate go to your doctor now. ...Read more

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Why am I coughing so much after a disc surgery in my neck?

Why am I coughing so much after a disc surgery in my neck?

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

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Why am i coughing up perfectly round balls of mucus with black spots all in it?

Why am i coughing up perfectly round balls of mucus with black spots all in it?

Black spots: The black spots could be small flecks of dried blood, inhaled particles, or fungus. Recommend having mucous ball cultured and examined under the microscope. ...Read more

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Why am I coughing up blood and tissue? 7pack year smoker

Why am I coughing up blood and tissue? 7pack year smoker

Possibilities...: This could be due to bronchitis but the concern is the possibility of malignancy. You need to be evaluated by your doctor to be sure there is no malignancy present. If you are still smoking, your doctor can help you to quit. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why am I coughing for 2 weeks, loss of bladder control and wheezing.?

Why am I coughing for 2 weeks, loss of bladder control and wheezing.?

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

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Why am I coughing up mucus every time after eating?

Why am I coughing up mucus every time after eating?

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

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Why am i coughing up green phlegm? How long will it last? Do i need to start taking antibiotics?

Why am i coughing up green phlegm? How long will it last? Do i need to start taking antibiotics?

Green phlegm: If you had a cold prior it may be from it, if it has been over a week time to start an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Why am i coughing up black phlegm ? I stopped smoking a couple of weeks ago cold turkey and now have developed pneumonia . Help

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

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Why am I coughing up clear mucus/foamy mucus mixed with milky white mucus? Also worsening wheezing despite antibiotics, steroids, and singulair (montelukast)

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

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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?

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