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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

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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I am have problem when I eat or drink or even temperature is cold, I start to cough. What should I do? Do I need to check with any specialist?

I am have problem when I eat or drink or even temperature is cold, I start to cough. What should I do? Do I need to check with any specialist?

Reactive airway: Perhaps a trial of leukotriene - Singulair (Montelukast) would ease up your airway reactivity. Go see a pulmonologist, there are a few different inhaled and oral medicines that could help this reaction in your windpipes ...Read more

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Wet cough after I eat or drink anything cold which doesn't go away without meds. I'm more prone to wet coughs than anyone else. Asthma?

Wet cough after I eat or drink anything cold which doesn't go away without meds. I'm more prone to wet coughs than anyone else. Asthma?

See answer: Wet cough after something cold to eat or drink suggests vaso-motor imbalance. It may be one of many triggers of asthma. Especially if bronchodilators help when given as rescue medicines. Best would be to see a pulmonologist / lung specialist. After examination and evaluation the specialist can diagnose properly and maybe able to put u on preventative meds. ...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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Had stressful holiday Didn't eat or drink all day & hav cold. Coughed, then randomly felt heart skip a beat. Normal? Is it due to cough, not eating?

Had stressful holiday Didn't eat or drink all day & hav cold. Coughed, then randomly felt heart skip a beat. Normal? Is it due to cough, not eating?

Skipped Heart beat: I understand your concern about “heartskip a beat”
We all occasionally feel them.
It is likely that you had skipped beat due to Stress.
It is not due to cough or not eating.
They may occur due to use of Caffeine, Nicotine, Electrolyte imbalance or Heart disease.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy for stress of relationship, unresolved feelings of worry, fear, hurt, resentment; work and finances. ...Read more

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I've had a whooping cough for a year now and it's getting worse. I can't eat oily and cold food or drink and when I cough too hard I vomit a lot.

I've had a whooping cough for a year now and it's getting worse. I can't eat oily and cold food or drink and when I cough too hard I vomit a lot.

Chronic cough: Chronic cough may persist after resolution of infection but more importantly maybe due to a number of causes quite different from the presumed infection. Patients with chronic cough will benefit from detailed evaluation to determine the cause and proper treatment if indicated. A consult with an internist will be a good start. Take care. ...Read more

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How come I cough after eating/drinking cold things?

How come I cough after eating/drinking cold things?

Spasm of vocal cords: Most likely it is simply spasms of the muscles that make up part of your vocal cords. ...Read more

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So I was sick for a couple days and I stopped but I had a cough but like 4 days ago I had problems breathing and every time I cough or drink cold things I loose my breath and my chest get all tight and it takes couple seconds to get my breath back or when

So I was sick for a couple days and I stopped but I had a cough but like 4 days ago I had problems breathing and every time I cough or drink cold things I loose my breath and my chest get all tight and it takes couple seconds to get my breath back or when

Some possible: Things.
cannot say in your particular case, but generally, there is some irritaiton with any respiratory infection. This leads to increased susceptibility to other inflammation. Basically, it's like asthma but temporary. Singulair (montelukast) often helps the symptoms and speeds healing of inflammation of the respiratory tract.
or asthma/pneumonia/many other possibilities ...Read more

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Have multi connective tissue disorder it caused some esophagus issues and bad acid reflux. Could this be why I cough when drinking/eating cold things?

Have multi connective tissue disorder it caused some esophagus issues and bad acid reflux. Could this be why I cough when drinking/eating cold things?

Part of MCTD.: One component of MCTD is scleroderma, and scleroderma affects the esophagus, causing bad reflux and aspiration. The latter issue can contribute to a cough as the refluxate ascends into your throat and then down towards the lungs. ...Read more

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Hey. I wanted to know is it urgent for me to see a Dr. Basically I have a cold and everytime I drink fluids I start to cough instantly?

Well. ..: It's definitely urgent if you can't drink anything. .. Dehydration is not fun. Sometimes you can see these types of symptoms with disorders involving swallowing (we call it, dysphasia) in people that have reflux disease. Or it could just be a respiratory virus. Without a physical exam, it's hard to say. I'd recommend you get it checked out by your doctor - better safe than sry. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I've had a "mysterious" cough for few months, now it only happened whenever I eat or drink, doctors said it's not food allergy or acid reflux

I've had a "mysterious" cough for few months, now it only happened whenever I eat or drink, doctors said it's not food allergy or acid reflux

Mysterious cough: When eating kr drinking you are stimulating your olfactory glands which produces mucus. As a result of a postnasal drip you begin to cough. Using saline nose drops before eating might help. ...Read more

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Have crackles and a cough also burping after I eat or drink something don't think I have a lump. Going on for a few months. Is it some form of relux?

Have crackles and a cough also burping after I eat or drink something don't think I have a lump. Going on for a few months. Is it some form of relux?

Sounds like reflux: I recommend full eval by ent. It sounds classic for reflux, but your doctor needs to take a full history and pair that with findings on your physical exam to determine this. ...Read more

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Why would my tongue be numb when I eat or drink? Has happened for a few days. It's a bit numb like I sucked on a cough drop. I don't have allergies

Why would my tongue be numb when I eat or drink? Has happened for a few days. It's a bit numb like I sucked on a cough drop. I don't have allergies

Evaluation needed: This may be a sensitivity to an additive in a food, drink or toothpaste. Even if you have not had any allergies in the past, your immune system can develop allergies at any time. So get this checked out. ...Read more

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I get bad cough. For 6-8 weeks & get it 5-6 times a year. If I eat or drink. Feels like something in the throat. I have under active thyroid. Dr no help?

I get bad cough. For 6-8 weeks & get it 5-6 times a year. If I eat or drink. Feels like something in the throat. I have under active thyroid. Dr no help?

Cough: If you smoke stop. Ask your doctor to check your sinuses since that can be a cause of recurrent cough. If you work around strong fumes that can be a cause, if these are all ok have your doctor check for reflux, check a chest x-ray, check for allergies and lastly check for a immune deficiency. ...Read more

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Sore throat doesn't hurt when I eat or drink it helps but it burning and now I've got a cough and it hurts my chest too cough?

Sore throat doesn't hurt when I eat or drink it helps but it burning and now I've got a cough and it hurts my chest too cough?

Postnasal drip: It's likely postnasal drip that's causing it. I recommend sinus washing and a bit of a nasal steroid spray. Not sure if that's over the counter in your country. ...Read more

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I cough afta a drinking cold drink, why?

I cough afta a drinking cold drink, why?

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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Why after drinking something cold it makes me cough?

Why after drinking something cold it makes me cough?

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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I get a cold/cough every time after I go drinking. What does this mean?

I get a cold/cough every time after I go drinking. What does this mean?

Listen to your body: This means that alcohol is negatively impacting your body/. ...Read more

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Does drinking cold liquid make your cough worse?

Does drinking cold liquid make your cough worse?

Cough: I think that drinking something cold can indeed make a cough worse due to the close proximity of of the esophagus to the trachea. Cold typically causes structures that have the ability to constrict or narrow. In the airway this narrowing or constriction can lead to bronchospasm which leads to shortness if breath/ coughing/ wheezing. ...Read more

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My 6.5mth old son camedown with a bad hacky cough. Thought it just a cold but for 7hrs he's puked up every bottle. Only pukes after a bottle or drink.?

My 6.5mth old son camedown with a bad hacky cough. Thought it just a cold but for 7hrs he's puked up every bottle. Only pukes after a bottle or drink.?

Cough-related vomit: Often when children have a bad cough, coughing can make them vomit more easily. This is especially so if they have a full tummy, so it is not uncommon for them to throw up right after taking in a lot of liquid. If he is still having a normal number of wet diapers then he is probably okay. Try feeding him in smaller, more frequent amounts. If he does not hold anything down for 24 hours, see your dr. ...Read more

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When I drink cold beverages I get cough, is it allergy?

When I drink cold beverages I get cough, is it allergy?

Maybe not, however: Drinking cold beverages can cause a bronchial constriction that ion turn can make you cough. Try drinking the same beverage at a warmer temperature and see if the same thing happens. ...Read more

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I have dry coughs and its been long time I have them. I drink cold and hot in any weather but cough won't stop. Please give me any solution?

I have dry coughs and its been long time I have them. I drink cold and hot in any weather but cough won't stop. Please give me any solution?

Get yourself checked: The most common causes for dry cough are undiagnosed asthma/allergies, postnasal drip and acid reflux. If you don't want to go to the doctor, you can try otc Pepcid or Prevacid if you think you may have acid reflux, or claritin, zyrtec or ocean spray if you think you may have allergies/post-nasal drip. ...Read more

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My 3 year old had a dry cough, now wet, 2 days ago. Now her temp has reached 103. Not herself and not eating but she is drinking. Just a cold?

My 3 year old had a dry cough, now wet, 2 days ago. Now her temp has reached 103. Not herself and not eating but she is drinking. Just a cold?

Could be pneumonia: Children can get a "cold" about once a month, especially during the winter months. However, in a 3 yr old who starts with a cold and then has a fever of 103, it is important to take her in to be examined and evaluated for pneumonia, or even influenza- "Flu". The Flu can be treated if it is diagnosed within 48 hrs of developing a fever. In the mean time, make sure she is drinking fluids well. ...Read more

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What syrup should we drink to over come cold and cough in cold weather?

What syrup should we drink to over come cold and cough in cold weather?

Avoid cough syrups: Guaifenasin is okay for cough. I recommend elderberry syrup for kids & adults as well as zinc +vit c lozenges. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink alcohol while taking benalin cough&cold and if not what decongestant can I drink alcohol with?

Is it ok to drink alcohol while taking benalin cough&cold and if not what decongestant can I drink alcohol with?

Not recommended: Using dextromethorphan (active ingredient in benylin) together with alcohol can increase nervous system side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol. Don't risk hurting yourself, or others. Good health! ...Read more

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I have a cold with a cough everytime I drink some juice I would start coughing pls help...

I have a cold with a cough everytime I drink some juice I would start coughing pls help...

Cough?: Happen with all liquids?? Independent of temperature? How long has this been going on for? Any other precipitating factors which you so far have not mentioned? ...Read more