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Can foreign body aspiration give cough only at night and early morning or it should be all day long ?

Can foreign body aspiration give cough only at night and early morning or it should be all day long ?

All day: Most likely this would cause a continuous cough that gets worse. Typically the foreign body can become infected which then causes more and more coughing, and productive coughing. If you have any question, you should have an X-ray done. ...Read more

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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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Help plz.What can I take?3 days dry cough only at night time.I can't sleep & i'm coughing all nite with an scratchy throat. Started with runny nose

Help plz.What can I take?3 days dry cough only at night time.I can't sleep & i'm coughing all nite with an scratchy throat. Started with runny nose

See a dr.: Hard to say what might be causing your symptoms- allergies in air, detergent used on your pillow cases or sheets, etc. You may need to have an allergy test or it could be something else that needs to be determined by a visit to the dr. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has had a cough only at night in bed for the last two nights, could this be whooping cough? I've had a sore throat for 2 days now too.

My 3 year old has had a cough only at night in bed for the last two nights, could this be whooping cough? I've had a sore throat for 2 days now too.

Not likely: If his vaccines are current. The cough is of short duration and appears to be contagious, likely a cold. Supportive care to include increased fluid intake, cool mist humidifier, saline drops/sprays, lemon& brown honey etc to relieve symptoms. If nocturnal persists / worsens after 1 to 2 weeks it will be necessary to consider other causes; nocturnal asthma, GE reflux etc. ...Read more

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Dry throat and mouth and no saliva to swallow and cough only at night and take zestril (lisinopril). I take ranitidine at hs. What is wrong?

Dry throat and mouth and no saliva to swallow and cough only at night and take zestril (lisinopril). I take ranitidine at hs. What is wrong?

Night cough: Your cough at night may be a symptom of gerd. I would stop the zestril (lisinopril) for 2 days. If the cough is still present, it is not due to it and re-start it. I would then stop the ranitidine and start prilosec, or a similar drug to see if your cough abates. Cough is not an infrequent presentation of gerd. If you cough goes away after stopping zestril (lisinopril), see your doctor about starting another med for bp. ...Read more

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Why do I cough when I lay down at night?

Why do I cough when I lay down at night?

Cough when lying: May be reflux, or post nasal drip , even asthmatic may cough as your lungs are more compressed when ying down. Check PFTs, check for reflux consider ranitidine/ prevecid if have reflux, consider zyrtec before bed to decrease nasal congestion and post nasal drip if that is present. f/u /w/ doc ...Read more

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Why does my cough get worse at night or first in the morning?

Why does my cough get worse at night or first in the morning?

Position?: If your cough worsens when you lie down, either at night or in the morning, it may be due to post-nasal drip or gerd. Both of these can cause bronchospasm and lead to cough. The treatments for these are different so see your doctor so treatment can be initiated if either or both of these proves to be the culprit. ...Read more

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I have cough that is always very serious at night what do I do please.

I have  cough that is always very serious at night what do I do please.

Reflux?: A possible cause of a cough that's worse in the evening is gastro-esophageal reflux. After food enters your stomach certain muscles (the LES or lower esophageal spincter) contract to prevent stomach contents from regurgitating back into your esophagus. This condition is more noticeable when lying horizontal. Using a wedge to elevate your upper body while sleeping can help. If persists see your Dr ...Read more

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Why is it that cough gets worse at night time what can I do to help my 7 m baby?

Why is it that cough gets worse at night time what can I do to help my 7 m baby?

Cough medicine: For young infants, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a good cough suppressant for young infants. Use the appropiate dose with a dropper according to your child's weight. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a cough, it's not to bad during the day, however at night i can't seem to stop! help please ?

Hi, I have a cough, it's not to bad during the day, however at night i can't seem to stop! help please ?

Sinusitis: Depending on when the cough starts at night it may be that you have a sinus infection. When you lay down the sinuses begin to drain and will trigger a cough because of the post-nasal drip that occurs. If the symptom has been going on for more that 7 to 10 days you should see you doctor. ...Read more

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I'm having a cough fit and yesterday it woke me up at night. Is there anything to make it better at night?

I'm having a cough fit and yesterday it woke me up at night. Is there anything to make it better at night?

Medication: Treatment to prevent your night coughing depends on what is causing the cough. Nocturnal coughing often occurs from 2 to 4 in the morning and with the correct medication is should be controlled. Reflux of acid from the stomach can also cause coughing at night and treatment is effective. The key is the diagnosis and you should see your physician. ...Read more

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3y/o cough at night in bed. no other issues. we have horrible air quality. keeping indoors. is it related or need checked?

3y/o cough at night in bed. no other issues. we have horrible air quality. keeping indoors. is it related or need checked?

Need to know.: We need to know how long this cough has been going on for, how bad it is, wheezing? If it is just a simple cough and only for a few days it is usually associated with a virus and should be resolved in a few days. Honey at this age is ok to use to control symptoms. However, if severe and difficulty breathing and /or wheezing associated you should take your child to the ED for immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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I m having cough from 3 months. .I hv taken medicines (not regularly ). .Bt it is not going. I used to cough mostly at night! help me?

I m having cough from 3 months. .I hv taken medicines (not regularly ). .Bt it is not going. I used to cough mostly at night! help me?

Diff. diagnosis: The diagnosis of chronic cough can be tricky. The fact that your cough has lasted 3 months raises a few different possibilities. 95% of chronic cough is a combination of asthma, post-nasal drip and/or gastric reflux. It often takes a careful history and a therapeutic trial of medication to determine the exact cause. It is time to have a talk with your doctor and possibility a referral. ...Read more

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I have had a bark cough for months. Not getting better or worse. Always worse at night. Am finding it's restricting singing i do professionally?

I have had a bark cough for months. Not getting better or worse. Always worse at night. Am finding it's restricting singing i do professionally?

Chronic Cough: Cough that has been going on that long is called chronic cough and ought to be looked at. Your doctor might ask questions about coughing blood, night sweats and weight loss and may test you for TB. However the most common cause of what you are describing is asthma and in smokers, chronic bronchitis. Another consideration is reflux. In any case, seek professional help. ...Read more

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My son coughs in the morning but stops pass 9am or 10am. Then he will cough again at night around 12midnight or 2am but it won't last 5 minutes during?

My son coughs in the morning but stops pass 9am or 10am. Then he will cough again at night around 12midnight or 2am but it won't last 5 minutes during?

Could be reflux: You need to take him to a doctor and have him evaluated for reflux. There are many reasons for cough but the kind that gets triggered when lying down is often from gastroesophageal reflux disease. ...Read more

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Have got a very catchy cough started with green thick goo now white froth been going for about 4 weeks now, will wake me up at night & continue by day?

Have got a very catchy cough started with green thick goo now white froth been going for about 4 weeks now, will wake me up at night & continue by day?

Exagerrated reflex: Coughing is a reflex initiated by a message to the brain from the bronchus. If it is initiated too easily you can cough unnecessarily. Commonest cause? High calorie malnutrition, particularly sugar etc. Strange but true! ...Read more

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Nocturnal (Definition)

This refers to something that ...Read more