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Why is coughing worse while laying down?
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Aspiration-secretions down windpipe- is possible if swallowing issues.
Gastric reflux and post-nasal drip if upon waking. Can be heart failure, esp if feet swollen. See doctor for eval as many causes.

In brief: Depends
Aspiration-secretions down windpipe- is possible if swallowing issues.
Gastric reflux and post-nasal drip if upon waking. Can be heart failure, esp if feet swollen. See doctor for eval as many causes.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Soroosh Armandi
Anti-Aging Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Aspiration?
If you're coughing laying down and you bring up mucus, the chance of mucus going down into your respiratory site is more probable than seated or standing up.
You're re-infecting yourself and also introducing whatever that maybe in your mouth. That's why we usually bring the head of the bed up to 45 degrees in "aspiration risk patients". Aspiration pneumonia is a common occurrence in the elderly.

In brief: Aspiration?
If you're coughing laying down and you bring up mucus, the chance of mucus going down into your respiratory site is more probable than seated or standing up.
You're re-infecting yourself and also introducing whatever that maybe in your mouth. That's why we usually bring the head of the bed up to 45 degrees in "aspiration risk patients". Aspiration pneumonia is a common occurrence in the elderly.
Dr. Soroosh Armandi
Dr. Soroosh Armandi
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