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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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Is eating yogurt ice cream ok to eat when you have upper respiratory cough.

Is eating yogurt ice cream ok to eat when you have upper respiratory cough.

Yes: Unless you have reaction to temperatures like cold or the ingredients of the yogurt ice cream, that should be ok. ...Read more

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I always get a cough when eating ice cream or yogurt. What can this mean?

I always get a cough when eating ice cream or yogurt.  What can this mean?

Evaluation: It could be that the ice cream irritated your throat or reflux causing you to cough. Sometimes coughing after food or ice cream is normal but it could also indicate other nervous or gastric issues so you may want to visit your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does eating ice cream make me cough?

Cold induced cough?: It is reported that breathing cold air without adequate temperature equilibration can lead to coughing (respiratory autonomic response). I suppose that ice cream might have a similar effect. (i don't know this for a fact, it just seems to make physiologic sense). ...Read more

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Is it bad eating ice cream when I have the cough?

No: There's no reason to avoid a food you like just because you're ill. However, it's a good idea not to overindulge in foods that aren't high in nutrition (albeit ice cream is a good source of calcium). As long as you're getting plenty of fiber, fluids, fruits ; veggies, nuts, olive oil along w/healthy protein, you should be fine. Mediterranean diet has most evidence demonstrating outcome benefit. ...Read more

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Why does ice cream make me cough?

Temp / allergy ?: May be due to the cold temperature, how rapidly you are eating the ice cream, of you may have a dairy allergy. Best to check with your family physician if this is ciontinuous. ...Read more

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Why does eating ice cream make you cough?

Why does eating ice cream make you cough?

Coughing: Coughing is a reflex from irritation of the voice box or trachea//lungs. Maybe the cold of the ice cream is irritating your vocal cords. Feel better. ...Read more

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Would eating ice cream help if you have a cough?

Would eating ice cream help if you have a cough?

No: Eating ice cream probably has little impact on a cough, however, it may sooth a sore throat, especially butterscotch ice cream. ...Read more

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Need help when my mother eats cheese or ice-cream she gets a cough, is it allergic rhinitis?

Bronchospasm?.....: The cough could be due to bronchospasm from an allergy to the foods mentioned. An allergy doctor may be needed to be certain of this diagnosis and for treatment. Avoid the foods that cause these symptoms until the diagnosis is made. If shortness of breath develops, seek emergent care in the er. ...Read more

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Would something really cold like ice cream be good for an irritated/inflamed throat due to cough?

Would something really cold like ice cream be good for an irritated/inflamed throat due to cough?

Sore throat: Hello. Cold temperatures may help soothe an irritated throat from a cough. Analgesics such as Motrin or tylenolmay also be of benefit. Give it a try. ...Read more

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