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For the last 6 mnths I have a really dry cough and have gel like balls that come up with the cough, usually worse in the morning but occurs thru out?

For the last 6 mnths I have a really dry cough and have gel like balls that come up with the cough, usually worse in the morning but occurs thru out?

Evaluation: This is not normal. The cause of chronic cough could be something in the lungs, heart or gastrointestinal tract such as reflux. A medical evaluation is essential to determine the actual cause

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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Started with a sore throat, moved to a cough, now very chesty and some production. Worse in the morning and night. 10 days old. Just a cold? Or more?

Started with a sore throat, moved to a cough, now very chesty and some production. Worse in the morning and night. 10 days old. Just a cold? Or more?

Possibly more....: 10 days is pretty long for a common cold. If your are coughing up colored phlegm or having colored nasal discharge you may have a sino-bronchial syndrome: basically, sinusitis with bronchitis. I suggest a medical examination, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

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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.

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I have a bad pain in my lower left side, it's painful particularly when I cough. Its gradually been getting worse since this morning. Should I worry?

I have a bad pain in my lower left side, it's painful particularly when I cough. Its gradually been getting worse since this morning. Should I worry?

Depends on symptoms: Some possibilities lungs-short of breath, hurts to breathe, coughing up blood, discolored phlegm, (pneumonia). Kidney-pain/frequency of urination, bad smelling or blood in urine, sharp pain down side (infection or kidney stone). Ovary-focal, sharp pain (cyst). See a doctor asap especially with fever/chills or vomiting. If only muscles between ribs hurt (costrochonditis), try heat/aleve or advil (ibuprofen).

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I've had a dry cough for 2 weeks gagging everytime. Worse at night and morning. Should I see a doctor?

I've had a dry cough for 2 weeks gagging everytime. Worse at night and morning. Should I see a doctor?

Yes: You should see a doctor. It sounds to me like could be some allergens causing you to cough like that. There are many good medications that can help you out.

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LLQ pain yesterday that is worse when standing/sitting straight, better this morning. No other symptoms. Also had flu since last week, slight cough still.

LLQ pain yesterday that is worse when standing/sitting straight, better this morning. No other symptoms. Also had flu since last week, slight cough still.

Could be: This could be all muscular due to the cough, but also could be colon or ovary. If getting better just watch for now. Pain should always be watched carefully and not ignored. It is hard to diagnose pain without a history and exam. Www. Drlugo. Com

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Dry cough for 2 days. This morning woke up with fever and worse cough. It's dry, slightly hacking/barky and hurts in my windpipe. What could it be?

Dry cough for 2 days. This morning woke up with fever and worse cough. It's dry, slightly hacking/barky and hurts in my windpipe. What could it be?

URTI: Your symptoms suggest a upper resp tract infection. Viral. You may have laryngitis and some inflammation in your wind pipe. Given that would suggest seeing an MD. Other symptoms are ok with home remedy but not tracheal issues. Hope this helps.

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It's a minor discomfort where my spleen is. I do feel a slight sensation when I cough but not when I inhale. It started only this morning has not gotten worse. Concerned it can be swollen. Has never happened before.

It's a minor discomfort where my spleen is. I do feel a slight sensation when I cough but not when I inhale. It started only this morning has not gotten worse. Concerned it can be swollen. Has never happened before.

Abdominal pain: Better to get checked by your doctor for nothing than to stay home for something. With that said, left upper quadrant includes spleen, pancreas, part of stomach, and part of colon. The differential is huge but key issues are: severity, persistence, loss appetite, nausea, vomiting, splinting, bloody or blck stool, or no stool or gas passing at all! Bottom line: see your doctor

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Chronic chest pain worse in supine position. Saw card 1 yr ago dx pericarditis. Cough (new sx) for only the first 2 to 3hr in morning. No smoker. Ideas?

Chronic chest pain worse in supine position. Saw card 1 yr ago dx pericarditis. Cough (new sx) for only the first 2 to 3hr in morning. No smoker. Ideas?

Chronic chest pain: May be reflux. Would elevate head of bed when sleeping and try 1 month of prevecid 30 qd (OTC) and 150 mg of ranitidine OTC see if that helps. You are on plaqunil so likely have autoimmune disease so consider clot and recurrent pericarditis, as well (less likely) but call you doctor in AM, may be flare

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Dry no phlegm cough for two weeks. Can't HOLD a deep breath in lungs without coughing? I cough after inhale. Worse in morning. Better after hot shower

Dry no phlegm cough for two weeks. Can't HOLD a deep breath in lungs without coughing? I cough after inhale. Worse in morning. Better after hot shower

Sounds like: "asthmatic" bronchitis! Are you wheezing??? You may require an antibiotic so best bet is to call your Primary Care Provider! BTW the shower is a GIANT VAPORIZER, that's why its helping!!! Run a Vaporizer in your bedroom if possible....during the day and during sleep! Hope these "tips" help! Dr Z

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My son has been having this dry cough with a blocked nose for over a month now. It only gets worse at night and in the morning. There is no fever?

My son has been having this dry cough with a blocked nose for over a month now. It only gets worse at night and in the morning. There is no fever?

Consult your doctor: Could be due to exposure to allergens, smoke, or viruses. Asthma also a possibility. Best consult with your doctor

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What causes sore throat? I woke up this morning with one and got worse as the day wore on. And then I started to cough a little.

What causes sore throat? I woke up this morning with one and got worse as the day wore on. And then I started to cough a little.

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). A couple days of throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can lessen pain.

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Cough for 2 mos worse at night and morning not going away. Taken z-pack, prednisone, inhaler after 3 drs. Slight burning in chest. What next?

Cough for 2 mos worse at night and morning not going away. Taken z-pack, prednisone, inhaler after 3 drs. Slight burning in chest. What next?

Chronic cough: There are many causes of chronic cough including asthma, post nasal drip from allergies and sinus infection as well as ge acid reflux. Burning in the chest can be a symptoms of acid reflux. Usual evaluations of chronic cough include lung function testing, chest x-ray and even visit to lung specialist such as pulmonologist or allergist.

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Have had a cough for 2 weeks and woke with a sore throat this morning (has mostly subsideded since then). How I can I prevent this from getting worse?

Have had a cough for 2 weeks and woke with a sore throat this morning (has mostly subsideded since then). How I can I prevent this from getting worse?

I sympathise...: I had that type of cough after christmas 2012. My back even ached from all the coughing. I took mucinex-dm mainly for the dextromethorphan hydrobromide, which is a cough suppressant. It is inexpensive and worked wonders for me! Take the maximum recommended dose until your cough tones down.

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