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I am a 66 year old woman with good general health. I have

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Hello I am a 66 year old woman with good general health. I have had night sweats for over twenty years which I put down to the menopause . The last two colds I had have gone straight to my chest and left me with a persistent cough which is paroxysmal when I laugh or after food I also feel I can't breathe sometimes.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 7 years ago.


This can be gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD (called as reflux also). This can cause cough on laughing or after the food and incidentally; also very commonly known reason for the night sweats. An upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (camera exam) and a barium swallow (x-ray test) would be able to confirm it. The other possibility can be bronchial asthma and an auscultation by a doctor would diagnose it. The treatment of asthma is by bronchodilator medications, nebulizer and inhalers. The GERD is treated by antacids (Maalox, Tums) and acid blockers (Prilosec, Zantac).

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