Tag Archives: Cough

Here’s What Measles May Look Like.

 

 I never thought in medical school I would have to remember what Koplik’s spots look like but with the recent measles outbreak, here ya go!

koplik illustrationKopliks spots for measles

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Health: Asthma Misdiagnosis Is Common

Don’t think you have asthma….try the following:
1. Reflux can mimic symptoms of asthma with cough & wheeze
2. You might need a Aridol challenge test to be sure.
3. Don’t forget about sinus infection which can mimic coughing.
4. Make sure you’ve performed lung function! (PFTs)
5. Vocal Cord Dysfunction can sneak in as a cause of cough & wheeze.

CBS Philly

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By Stephanie Stahl

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One in 12 people have been diagnosed with a breathing disorder and the numbers are growing every year.  But experts say many people are being misdiagnosed, and in some cases, the drugs they’re prescribed are doing more harm than good.  3 On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl explains.

More than 25 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma.  But experts say not all of those people actually have it.

“Patients are often misdiagnosed with asthma, much more often than anyone typically realized,” said Dr. Sally Wenzel, a Pulmonologist.  She says studies have shown 25 to 30 percent of asthma patients are misdiagnosed.

When Deb Bushe came to Dr. Wenzel for help with her asthma she learned she didn’t have it.

“I was very surprised when I was told I didn’t have asthma,” said Deb.  For 15 years Deb…

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A Cultural and Historical Examination of the Cough Drop

What’s medicine and what’s just candy!  Read on to find out.  My own personal thought is many patients with vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) respond to vocal hydration which can occur while sucking on a cough drop/candy.  Maybe we’ve been treating VCD all along with HALLs!  Stranger things have happened.

A Cultural and Historical Examination of the Cough Drop.