If you have any irritant in your throat like dust, smoke, or fluid, a cough is the body's reflex action to clear the throat. A cough is the most frequent symptom of an infection in the upper and lower respiratory tract like bronchitis, asthma, COPD, common cold, flu, and emphysema. A cough can be dry (non-productive) or accompanied with sputum (productive).

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I have difficulty breathing at night, and I also feel that the cough is stuck in my throat with an itchy nose. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have difficulty breathing at night during sleeping hours, and a strange moaning sound comes as a cough always stuck in my throat and an itchy feeling in my nose. Coughing and sneezing have been happening for a long time. Recent blood tests show that I have high eosinophils.  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. By your history and description possibility of allergic rhinitis with allergic bronchitis is more likely. So start Allegra (Montelukast and Fexofenadine)and Duonase nasal spray. I hope this information will help.  Read Full »

I had a cough with wheezing, and my sputum test was positive for pseudomonas. What can be done?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a cough for a few weeks with some wheezing, and I took a clear X-ray. My blood tests were normal, apart from showing that I was fighting an infection. My cough and wheezing are also getting better, but I still have not fully recovered. I recently got my sputum results that show...  Read Full »

Dr. Arun R Kaushik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. If you have an infection, it is good to take antibiotics. Pseudomonas infections usually are treatable by antibiotics. If you have an additional lung issue, consult a pulmonologist. The choice of antibiotic is based on the sensitivity r...  Read Full »

Does constant coughing cause rib injury?

Query: Hi doctor, I have annual breast MRI for a history of breast cancer. I had one last week, and the breasts looked normal. But, there was some linear enhancement on two ribs. I had rib x-rays after and they were normal. I am having a bone scan next week. My question is that prior to this MRI I had a ho...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is possible that you might have had a slight injury to your ribs due to coughing. It is not a complete fracture, though. The MRI scan picked up these lines of bone edema and therefore, linear areas of enhancement showing acute stress fracture are possible from a...  Read Full »

Is it normal for cough after choking to last the entire day in a child?

Query: Hi doctor, My niece, who is 1 year and 8 months old, got choked today when she drank her milk. She got cough because of the choke, but the cough keeps coming back the whole day. I thought it was just a simple choke as it is just milk. Why does it last for the whole day?  Read Full »

Dr. Arti Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Choking while drinking occurs because infants airways are small. Also, if the baby is drinking milk fast some of it can go into the windpipe.Cough reflex immediately after choking is the body's protective mechanism to expel it out.Your niece is still coughing, so it i...  Read Full »

What does pulmonary hyperaerated, bilateral, in a chest x-ray mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having a cough and a weird feeling while exhaling. I am experiencing this issue for more than a month now. Previously, I coughed out phlegm with blood. It looked like fresh blood. Currently, I have phlegm. I have pain while exhaling air. I have pain in my upper left-back. I have a h...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from a cough. You have a history of bronchitis and your recent chest X-ray shows pulmonary hyperaerated bilateral. It means that there is an abnormal increase in lung volume with an increased filling ...  Read Full »

Will Prevacid help with the symptoms of GERD?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with GERD six years ago. I have gained 10 pounds of weight and I started having phlegm in my throat. I am coughing more to get the phlegm out of my throat. I am currently taking Prevacid (over-the-counter) once a day in the morning. The phlegm and coughing does not seem ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Padhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You should try a combination of Lansoprazole and Domperidone for one month. Avoid fasting and having spicy food. Take small and frequent meals.   Read Full »

Is there a permanent cure for pulmonary hypertension?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for past 15 years, which has now affected my whole body. Since one and a half year, I am getting shortness of breath and cough. Last year, when I was admitted in the hospital to get this treated, my doctor advised me to use external oxygen for long...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Both rheumatoid arthritis and pulmonary hypertension are chronic diseases. As there is no permanent cure for it, the aim of treatment in such case is control of symptoms only. Medicines help only to control the symptoms.You are a known rheumatoid arthritis patient and now...  Read Full »

My daughter is suffering from a dry cough. What should I give her?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is suffering from a dry cough. What should I give her please suggest? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 1. I would like to know how long is cough? 2. Viral infection is very common and requires symptomatic treatment. 3. Make sure the throat is not congested, which also gives a dry cough, give her warm saline gargles with a pinch of salt. Three to four times a day. 4. A...  Read Full »

What does IgG positive and IgM negative mean in an EBV test?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently got an EBV test done. My result was IgG positive and IgM negative. What does this mean? Is it life-threatening, like HIV? Is it contagious? Please guide  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to IgM (immunoglobulin M) negative and IgG (immunoglobulin G) positive means that you do not have an acute infection but may be a carrier of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) which is not as dangerous as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and can be easily treated. You may develop ...  Read Full »

My 6-year-old daughter is taking Crocin for her cough and fever, with a range of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Is it advisable to continue with Crocin?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 6 years old (weighing 24 kilograms) and she is suffering from a cough (four to five days) followed by a fever (three days). Her fever is in the 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit range. But sometimes it goes down as well. We have been administering Crocin for three days. So, is it...  Read Full »

Dr. Diggireddy Shilpa Reddy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, you can continue with Crocin (Paracetamol and Caffeine). But she also needs antibiotics along with that. So please administer the following course, Take tablet Taxim (Cefixime and Ofloxacin) 100 mg in the morning and evening for five days, Syrup Relent (Cetrizi...  Read Full »

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