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Strange long lasting cough

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 4, 2006
  • 03:08 AM

I have had a cough now going on about two weeks. It started out a dry cough that has turned into the most irritating cough with flem. I will have such severe coughing attacks especially when I lay down. I cant seem to catch my breath during my coughing spells either, and it gets to the point where I am gagging. My husband also has this same cough as well as another family member that does not live with us. I thought that it might be Whooping Cough but am not sure. My three year old had a severe cough for about four days but them it went away and has not returned. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what this might be?

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  • hi how is your cough??? my daughter adn myself have a very similar cough like croup and it is horrible! Please tell me!!thanks!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 18, 2006
    • 07:28 AM
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  • Have you all been innoculated against whooping cough?If not did you or your child have a heavy cold prior to the cough.Whooping cough usually occus in spasms with no coughing between.At your daughters age you would expect to hear rhe inspirational whoop at the end of the cough. If that is there record the cough and take the recording to a doctor.Then there should be no wrong diagnosis.
    chrismia 159 Replies
    • November 10, 2006
    • 00:31 PM
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  • post nasal drip.the lot of you.shared circumstances is the clue here.evironmental allergens=swelling in nasal passages+blocked sinuses=infected sinuses allround.then the bacterial goo leaks down the back of your throatsand irritates your lungs.they become hypersensitive to anything but absolutely clean air and produce lots of phlegm to protect themselves.bingo!chronic cough allround.clean your environment. tackle allergy (assume it is present)with cetirizene. reduce nasal swelling with sudafed. the doctor should prescribe several courses each of high dose antibiotic.because the lungs have become sensitised you will need to persevere for perhaps three or four months after the bacteria are dead.this is the reason people with this problem say that the antibiotics made no difference.how do i know?easy! p.n.d. is the most common cause of chronic cough.the next trouble is that once your lungs have learned to respond inthis way they willgo back to it whenever you have a cold or flu and you willprobably be backto sensitised lungs and a long wait again.avoid colds!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 29, 2006
    • 00:42 AM
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  • i have also has this long lasting cough that has crazy cough spells, and sometimes gagging, but it seams to be associated with a cold of some kind. i also had tired spells, and headaches, and the coughing been going on for a month now. i guess that could just be because of the energy needed to cough up the phlegm and the sinuses being congested. but what i don't understand is why haven't i seen this before, and why am i hearing of so many cases of it? i have had allergies my whole life, mostly stuffy noses and postnasal drip. now my baby has it and she's only 4 1/2 months old. will she need antibiotics.if anyone knows if this could be dangerous for the baby and has any ideas or thoughts of a diagnoses, please let me know. it's pretty scary to see a 4 month old baby choking(mostly from gagging) because she's coughing. thanks
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 03:35 AM
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  • please visit a doctor possibly with a recording of the babies cough and mention diphtheria.best wishes
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 06:33 PM
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  • Besides checking for those possible infectious diseases- you need to check for something toxic in your home. I have very little info about where you live- but maybe it is something in the environment.Check for chemicals, household cleaners, make sure your appliances are working soundly.Take Care.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 06:36 PM
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  • Everyone around me here in LA seems to have this cough too. I've never had anything like it before. I think the air pollution here is finally getting to people--maybe the same where you are. Scary.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 00:19 AM
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  • I've had a severe cough since mid october. I've been to the doctor many times and the hospital. They've given me many different antibiotics and steriod shots and nothing has worked. I think I may have whooping cough. I haven't had a good nights sleep in forever.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 09:49 AM
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  • I just had to respond after reading this. I too live in LA and have had this for months. My doc prescribed antibiotics - they took my cough away for about a week - then it came back. It started where it only happened at night - it seems every couple of hours I would wake up from coughing and the only thing that would help is to get up - walk around a bit - and take a halls. Then it moved to daytime cough as well. My doc also though it was reflux and gave me meds but I still have it. I am going to try the antibiotics again to see. I am tired because I cannot get a full nights sleep. I dont know if its just the LA air because I travel quite a bit and I was still getting the coughs. Any info anyone has I would love to hear it.
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  • I am in the same boat. Uncontrollable coughing day and night- spells of this.It has been so long, I am loosing track of the weeks. At least four weeks and counting. My MD gave me albuterol to open up my airways, but this wires me so much, I can only take it in the AM. sleep is a far off fantasy. I sleep at most 3-4 hours/nite, mostly up and drinking herbal tea to try to ease the discomfort.I am thinking it is whooping cough.It did start like a cold, sneezing, sore throat but never materialized into a normal cold. Instead I have this lingering/horrible cough that takes my breath away. From what I read, if it is whooping cough, only time will heal.take care all and hope you are feeling better soon.
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  • see post number four here above.
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  • i have also has this long lasting cough that has crazy cough spells, and sometimes gagging, but it seams to be associated with a cold of some kind. i also had tired spells, and headaches, and the coughing been going on for a month now. i guess that could just be because of the energy needed to cough up the phlegm and the sinuses being congested. but what i don't understand is why haven't i seen this before, and why am i hearing of so many cases of it? i have had allergies my whole life, mostly stuffy noses and postnasal drip. now my baby has it and she's only 4 1/2 months old. will she need antibiotics.if anyone knows if this could be dangerous for the baby and has any ideas or thoughts of a diagnoses, please let me know. it's pretty scary to see a 4 month old baby choking(mostly from gagging) because she's coughing. thanksWhen my son was a baby he always had mucous and would cough and gag so bad he couldn't even breathe, I had to take hime to the bathroom and steam up the room with the shower on, for him to start breathing better! It went on for years, but finally at 12 yrs. old his abnoids were removed and after that he was fine. But it was a long road to 12. Hope they can do something sooner for you. I also suffer nasal drip really bad, with a cough even choking. I always have mucous in the back of my throat. Dryness and lying down makes it worse. Specialist thought it was Asthma but it's not!!!! Good luck with the baby
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  • i have had a cough with mucus for about two and half months and i have shortness of breath also used a inhalers still us them for about two weeks know and know i woke up very sore and stiffness it is the 3 day and it hasn;t got better i dont no what to do i have been taking cold medication about all febuary it has doing me in i am at my last end of my rope my docor said nothing about it except take cold medication any in for let me know k
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  • I've Had A Choking Cough With MUCOUS & Sore Throat For A Month. It Gets So Bad I Vomit. Wakes Me Up At Night & I Have To Get Up To Get My Breath. I Have To Sit Up & "sleep" Because If I Don't I Choke Real Bad That It Scares Me. I Have The Cough During Day But Not Like At Night. I Do Have Some Pnd. Have Been To Doctor 3 Times & At First She Said I Had Bronchitis Then Next Visit I Didn't Have It Because Chest X-ray Came Back Clear. I Am Fatigued To The Point I Stay Irritated. Fever Comes & Goes. I'M GOING TO ER. I Need Relief.
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  • features of heart failure in this last post should be investigated(heart failure isnt as bad as it sounds)if swelling ankles and feet are also present it would tend to confirm h. f.mention the waking short of breath.
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  • add me to the cough that won't go away list. got a cold in early january and it went away in a few weeks, like is usually the case. the cough which is dry and usually just bothers me at night, did NOT go away.went to an ear, nose and throat specialist. gave me an antibiotic and guessed it was a combo of viral and bacterial. took the amoxy for ten days. the cough is unfazed. he checked my lungs and they were fine. i notice a tiny wheezing sound when i breathe out but not in. everything seems to be happening at the base of my throat and not in my lungs.i wonder if it's allergy related but the fact that it first started in early january via a cold makes me unsure.anybody have any ideas?
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  • I get this cough you are talking about several times a year. I found that drinking lots of water helps alot. You have to drink it for a few days for it to begin to help. Hope this will help all of you.
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  • I cough at night too. As far as getting back to sleeping is concerned I found that if a make a cup of warm milk and drink it I get back to sleep Ok until the next coughing fit.....
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  • okay you guys with this weird chronic cough. I have it but it's been 5 years now and counting. Will post for help to, I've been poked, probed, tested, drugged, you name it I had it done and NO ONE can figure it out. What is with these doctors who does not manage your health, isn’t that what PCP do? Anyway. I tried this one allergy pill (cause I tried them all and they didn’t work) but this one did. Majority doctors are not familiar with it so look it up and print a copy before going or email me and I’ll send a PDF of the prescription allergy pill. It’s all ALLERX – not the Allerx D or Allerx II, just plain ALLERX. GOOD LUCK – 12021W (AT) GMAIL (DOT) COM
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  • I live in the Bay Area and I TOO have that cough. It started only at night and now it has been going on five weks ans it has turned into this cough with just a tiny bit of fleghm (sp?) every few minutes or so. I have met MANY people at work , friends etc.. who also have it. I think the Doctors are missing an epidemic of some sort. Monica
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