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Dr. Robert Uyeda
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Why do I cough when I eat ice cream? i know I'm not lactose intolerant and I don't have food allergies.

Dr. Robert Uyeda
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Why do I cough when I eat ice cream? i know I'm not lactose intolerant and I don't have food allergies.

Dairy products: sometimes induces sputum. Perhaps this and the cold temperature of ice cream causes you to cough. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Nestor Del rosario
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Is eating yogurt ice cream ok to eat when you have upper respiratory cough.

Dr. Nestor Del rosario
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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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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Is it ok to eat dairy free vegan ice cream when I have bronchitis? Will it make my cough worse?

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Is it ok to eat dairy free vegan ice cream when I have bronchitis? Will it make my cough worse?

? Allergy: If you are allergic to dairy products and if this is dairy free, it should be OK. Test with a small amount and with others present, if you become unwell. All the best. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Why does eating ice cream make me cough?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Dr. Alvin Lin
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Is it bad eating ice cream when I have the cough?

Dr. Alvin Lin
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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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Dr. William Lewis
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Why does ice cream make me cough?

Dr. William Lewis
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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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Dr. David Martin
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Why does eating ice cream make you cough?

Dr. David Martin
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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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Dr. Armand Gonzalzles
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Would eating ice cream help if you have a cough?

Dr. Armand Gonzalzles
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Kim Capehart
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I always get a cough when eating ice cream or yogurt. What can this mean?

Dr. Kim Capehart
Board Certified, Dentistry
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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Need help when my mother eats cheese or ice-cream she gets a cough, is it allergic rhinitis?

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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