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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 do I start to cough when I eat or drink cold things?

Why do I start to cough when I eat or drink cold things?

Cold air: Breathing air past cold items can cool the air. Cold air can make many people cough. Sometimes people cough because they swallow improperly, but that has nothing to do with temperature.
If you have no other symptoms, don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Ongoing pain in my midsection worsens when I cough when I eat chest tightens and chronic burping could the pain be my lungs? X-ray came back clear smh

Ongoing pain in my midsection worsens when I cough when I eat chest tightens and chronic burping could the pain be my lungs? X-ray came back clear smh

Second opinion: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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How come I cough everytime I eat?

How come I cough everytime I eat?

Swallowing trouble?: Dysphagia (trouble swallowing) can cause problems. Uncoordinated contractions in mouth, throat, esophagus can cause pooling of material. A bunch of causes. Less likely is fistula (abnormal connection) between esophagus and trachea (windpipe).
See your doc; video-esophagram or feest test can test swallowing mechanism; may be treated with rehab. ...Read more

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Can I eat chocolate when I have a cough?

Can I eat chocolate when I have a cough?

You can: The issue is why are you coughing? See the doctor to find the etiology of the cough. You can eat chocolate don't. Choke ...Read more

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I have cold and cough. What shall I eat?

I have cold and cough. What shall I eat?

Soup!: A study done years ago at a superb jewish hospital in miami showed people given chic hen noodle soup recovered from "colds" faster. I've always suspected 2 reasons;all the antibiotics we feed chickens (although most colds are viral-antibiotics are not helpful) or the soothing and mucus helpful properties of warm liquids in the upper airways. And fond memories of mothers tending us when we were young. ...Read more

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Why do I cough severely after I eat food?

Why do I cough severely after I eat food?

Aspiration?: If eating or drinking provokes vigorous coughing then aspiration should be considered. There is a swallow evaluation that can be done to look for aspiration risk, and if proven then other strategies new to be pursued with a GI specialist and possibly a nutritionist. ...Read more

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What can you eat when you have colds/cough?

What can you eat when you have colds/cough?

No specific diet: For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup or other soups/ broths. For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Help, what to eat when you have colds/cough?

Help, what to eat when you have colds/cough?

What to eat: Homemade chicken noodle soup can help to mobilize mucus ; has an anti-inflammatory effect. Hydrate well with clear broths, water or add a small amount of lemon to chamomile tea. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced ginger. Steep 5 min. In a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 tbs honey ; sip. Try thyme tea. Although some recommend hot toddies for a cold – use of alcohol is discouraged by others. ...Read more

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Is it bad to eat a lot of cough drops per day?

Is it bad to eat a lot of cough drops per day?

Depends: Please refer to the ingredients in the cough drop and follow the warnings. ...Read more

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Could someone possibly eat too many cough drops?

Could someone possibly eat too many cough drops?

That depends: What type they are? Some are medicated & some are not. Try this: hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if >. ...Read more

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Please tell me what to eat when you have colds/cough?

Please tell me what to eat when you have colds/cough?

What to eat: *for anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Warm herbal teas can provide helpful vapors. Stay well. ...Read more

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Why do I cough after I've had something cold to eat or drink?

Why do I cough after I've had something cold to eat or drink?

Bronchospasm....: Cold can cause bronchospasm which, in turn, can lead to coughing. Try to eat and drink cold substances slower, giving them the chance to warm up prior to swallowing. If this is more than a nuisance, see your doctor since bronchodilator inhalers may help the situation. ...Read more

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Eat jelly can cause cough. Is that true? I'm not allergic to jelly.

No: Although in rare instances, some people may cough when drinking cold beverages. ...Read more

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What happen if u eat icecream and have cold drinks during cold and cough? Make it even worse?

What happen if u eat icecream and have cold drinks during cold and cough? Make it even worse?

Common cold: The common cold is caused by a virus. It may produce nasal congestion, runny nose, and a cough. The temperature of the food to eat has no effect on the virus. However, warm foods such as soup may provide more protein and give local symptomatic relief to your throat. ...Read more

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Why do people cough while eating. Many time and occasionally, which cause embrassment to go out to eat with?

Why do people cough while eating. Many time and occasionally, which cause embrassment to go out to eat with?

GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux disease can certainly cause coughing while eating. Hiatal hernia can cause similar symptoms, as can various other gastric or esophageal diseases. You should see your doc for an evaluation and possible referral to a GI specialist. ...Read more

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I have cough and cold for 2 weeks. I can't eat well because I don't have taste at all for 2weeks. What should I do?

See a physician: If you are ill and, it sounds like you need treatment, then the next step is to go see your physician. ...Read more

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Dct gv me 3 types of medicine 2 cough syrup & pill & 1 dhatifen. I just eat dhatifen 1 time and w/a cause I afraid cos I still take mirt. Is this ok?

I'm sorry: I'm not quite sure what you're asking. I don't understand all of the abbreviations. Are you asking if mirtazapine interacts with any of your medications for cough? Please clarify and we'll try to answer. ...Read more

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Which friuts are good to eat in cough with chest pain?

Any fruit is fine: Any fruit is fine but you need to find out what is causing cough with chest pain and have treated. ...Read more

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I eat cough drops almost as if they were candies, is that ok???

I eat cough drops almost as if they were candies, is that ok???

Cough drops: Good afternoon! It depends on what ingredients are in the cough drops. If it contains pseudoephidrine you may cause your heart to race or make an arrhytmia (abnormal heart rhythm or rate) worse and you will get dry mouth. Or if they contain guafensin the active ingredient in Robitussin (guaifenesin) you can get nausea vomiting etc. Just eat candy not cough drops... ...Read more

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During and After I eat I develope a lot of mucus and tickle cough it's chronic what is it.

During and After I eat I develope a lot of mucus and tickle cough it's chronic what is it.

Postnasal drip: Stimulated by the nerves that are activated by eating.
You might be helped by an antihistamine. Obviously avoid those foods that make this happen the most. ...Read more

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Can my wife have Vicks drop sweet as my wife is 14 week pregnant or can u advice me cough sweet to eat?

Is ok: Any of the over the counter cough drops are fine. If she has a fever - green or yellow mucous she should see her physician ...Read more

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My 5 month old has a bad cough, she don't want to eat and she has less then 4 wet pampers. The cough is day and night?

My 5 month old has a bad cough, she don't want to eat and she has less then 4 wet pampers. The cough is day and night?

Hydration: Make sure she drinks fluids; try soda/juice pops. She needs medication to bring down the fever and cough. But if she is not getting better quick, she needs to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Keep on coughing up every time after I eat something even though my cough is alot better ive still got it and it is bothering me?

Keep on coughing up every time after I eat something even though my cough is alot better ive still got it and it is bothering me?

GERD: You may have a loose esophageal sphincter andyou're getting gastroesophageal reflux into your trachea You should see a doctor to get a definitive diagnosis ...Read more

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Non smoker, cough since X-mas, chesty- tickly. No other symptoms- helps when I eat something. Moved into a cold room recently, could it be connected?

Non smoker, cough since X-mas, chesty- tickly. No other symptoms- helps when I eat something. Moved into a cold room recently, could it be connected?

Allergy: Only allergy will last that long any virus or bacteria will be gone by now check with your doctor take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at bed time and Zyrtec or Claritin during the day drink hot green tea with lemon and honey and take a fell table spoon of local honey from a farm market three times a day mainly check with your doctor ...Read more

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I am 23 years old. I am very thin. Want to gain weight but I have cough problem as well so I cannot eat lot of things. I have minor asthma also. Help?

I am 23 years old. I am very thin. Want to gain weight but I have cough problem as well so I cannot eat lot of things. I have minor asthma also. Help?

Need more info: It sounds like you have chronic respiratory symptoms & your failure to gain weight might be linked to the underlying cause of your symptoms. If you have not had a detailed evaluation including chest xray, work up for tb, cystic fibrosis etc. Then you should see a lung specialist for more detailed evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat cough drops while pregnant for a cold?

Cough drops: Depends on the active ingredients as well as the quantity consumed. Once you know the active ingredients you can re-ask the question here if you like and get a more complete answer ...Read more