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I just woke up with a horrible coughing attack ... when I

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Customer: Tim I just woke up with a horrible coughing attack ... when I breathe in i feel " bubbling" in my chest
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Customer: and out too its BURNS when i cough in my chest also
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.

Hello from JustAnswer.

I am sorry that you are feeling bad.

It will help if you could provide some further information.

Are you having any shortness of breath?

Are you bringing up any mucus or pus with the cough?

Are you having any fever?

Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I'm Dr Chaithanya attending you today.

Did you have this before? Any history of GERD [gastric reflux] or Chest infection before?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.

I have not heard back from my request for further information.

There are several common causes of sudden onset of coughing, bubbling in chest and a burning sensation.

I ask about shortness of breath, because the presence of shortness of breath would indicate that you should be seen urgently, regardless of the underlying cause. Shortness of breath that is associated with a cough that is productive with purulent sputum or fever would also be worrisome for a bacterial pneumonia.

It is also possible to develop the coughing and associated symptoms from a bornchitis, which is usually less serious, although also can need urgent care if there is shortness of breath.

Acid reflux also can cause coughing, bubbling and a burning sensation. If a significant amount of acid gets into the lungs, it can cause significant shortness of breath related to an aspiration pneumonia, which also should be addressed urgently.

If you are not having any shortness of breath, purulent sputum, or fever, then it is more reasonable to try some home remedies for relief of symptoms, such as a cough syrup that contains a suppressant, such as dextromethorphan, or a medicine to offset stomach acid, such as a liquid antacid, ranitidine, or omeprazole.

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Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 1 year ago.


This can be just due anxiety or can be due to can be related to heart and lung.

You need to get investigated for heart, an ECG, Echo and a Treadmill test to be done.

and a Chest X-ray to be taken.

If everything is ruled out, you should be having a reflux or sleep apnea or anxiety.

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