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I have had a cough for a couple of months. No cold or flu when

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I have had a cough for a couple of months. No cold or flu when it started just a cough. At its worst I coughed so hard I blacked out several times. It's mostly subsided but when I do cough I have yo steady myself as I feel dizzy and it also feels like I have something lodged in my chest I can't clear through coughing. My throat also makes a funny sound when I swallow but I had that before the cough. Are they connected?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.
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do you smoke?

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do you have post nasal drip or allergies or sinus congestion?

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you really need to see a doctor and get a chest xray or chest CT scan to look in your lungs

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funny sound when you swallow is hard to know what that is from

Customer: I have never smoked. Have mild asthma and hay fever
Dr. David :

that could be from excessive mucus in your nose and throat from allergies.

Dr. David :

hay fever allergies and asthma can definitely cause cough and mucus in your throat.

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you might need to use an allergy medication

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and a steroid or asthma inhaler to help decrease inflammation in your lungs.

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and help your cough.

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there are over the counter allergy medications like

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allegra and claritin and zyrtec.

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but you will need to see your doctor for a chest xray and prescription inhalers for your lungs

Customer: Ok, being totally honest. I am a heavy drinker. I'm wondering about throat cancer
Dr. David :

throat cancer can cause a mass in the throat and can cause sore throat, difficulty swallowing, coughing up blood,

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there are many types of throat cancer.

Customer: I have been coughing up blood
Dr. David :

then you need to see your doctor and get your throat and lungs examined.

Customer: I have prions swallowing foods like bread
Dr. David :

then you need to see your doctor right away.

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and get your throat and esophagus checked

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you need to see an ENT doctor to get a direct nasolarynoscopy scope down your nose and throat to check for masses there blocking your swallowing.

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do you have a GP doctor you can see?

Customer: Yes I do. I'm just scared.
Dr. David :

don't be scared.

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there is no good in waiting.

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it only postpone things.

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and if there is a cancer there, it gives it more time to grow.

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see a doctor right away.

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many throat cancers can be cured.

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you may not have a throat cancer.

Customer: Ok thank you. I shall quit now. Cheers
Dr. David :

you are welcome

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good luck

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