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Related to coughing: bronchitis, dry cough

cough (one's) head off

To cough intensely, as from an illness. Natalie has still been coughing her head off, so I don't think the antibiotic you gave her has helped.
See also: cough, head, off

cough out

To speak while coughing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cough" and "out" or after "out." Although she tried to cough out her presentation, she ultimately had to stop and take some cough syrup.
See also: cough, out

cough up

1. To expel something through coughing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cough" and "up" or after "up." While I was sick, I found myself constantly coughing up phlegm. The child was able to cough up the bit of food he was choking on, thank goodness.
2. To vomit. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cough" and "up" or after "up." When I had food poisoning, I felt like I coughed up everything I'd ever eaten in my life.
3. slang To divulge something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cough" and "up" or after "up." I'm sure he'll cough up the name of his accomplice once we send in our toughest investigator.
4. slang To give something to someone, often after a period of evasion. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cough" and "up" or after "up." Joey's thugs cornered me and made me cough up the money I owed them. There wasn't even that much pressure on him, and he totally coughed up the basketball!
5. slang To surrender the lead in a game or competition. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cough" and "up" or after "up." With their shaky defense, I wouldn't be surprised if they coughed up this 10-point lead.
See also: cough, up

cough one's head off

Fig. to cough long and hard. (See also laugh one's head off.) I had the flu. I nearly coughed my head off for two days.
See also: cough, head, off

cough something out

to say something while coughing. He coughed the words out, but no one could understand him. He coughed out the name of his assailant.
See also: cough, out

cough something up

 
1. to get something out of the body by coughing. She coughed some matter up and took some more medicine. She coughed up phlegm all night.
2. Euph. to vomit something. The dog coughed the rabbit up. The dog coughed up the food it had eaten.
3. Sl. to produce or present something, such as an amount of money. You will cough the money up, won't you? You had better cough up what you owe me, if you know what's good for you.
See also: cough, up

cough up

1. Hand over or relinquish, especially money; pay up. For example, It's time the delinquent members coughed up their dues. [Slang; late 1800s]
2. Confess or divulge, as in Pretty soon she'd cough up the whole story about last night. This idiom transfers the act of vomiting to telling the entire truth. [Slang; late 1800s]
See also: cough, up

cough up

v.
1. To force something from the throat or lungs and out of the mouth by coughing: After years of smoking, he started coughing up blood. The medicine loosened the phlegm so she could cough it up.
2. Slang To pay or hand over something, as money, often reluctantly: Cough up the money or you're going to jail. I know you're short on the rent money, but you'll have to cough it up.
3. Slang To confess or disclose something: When the police arrived, we coughed up the details of the incident. When the lawyers threatened me for not disclosing the tax returns, I coughed them up.
See also: cough, up

Cough it up!

tv. to give something—typically money—to someone, especially if done unwillingly. You owe me twenty bucks. Cough it up!
See also: cough

cough something up

tv. to produce something (which someone has requested), usually money. Cough up what you owe me!
See also: cough, something, up
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When a person has a neurogenic cough, the coughing sparks a cascade of nerve and brain responses like a string of firecrackers," says Koufman.
Zarbee's, Salt Lake City, UT, has expanded its line of natural, drug-free children's cough syrup with three new products that soothe babies as young as 2 months, ease night-time coughing and relieve the congestion of wet coughs in kids, according to the company.
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BRIAN replies: Coughing in small to medium-sized breeds can be caused by several things, namely airway infections (such as chronic bronchitis), flattening of the windpipe or heart disease.
Cough suppressants contain pholcodeine or dextromethorphan, which tell the brain to stop the coughing reflex.
They were asked how long they think it would take for the cough to get better if they were not taking any medicine, in six different scenarios: dry cough, coughing up yellow mucus or green mucus, or any of those kinds of cough with a slight fever, or no fever.
Parents should also be alert to the signs and symptoms of whooping cough - which include severe coughing fits accompanied by the characteristic 'whoop' sound in young children but as a prolonged cough in older children or adults.
Brian Rotskoff, finds effective cough remedies for chronic coughing and throat clearing.
Symptoms of whooping cough are initially mild, and then develop into severe coughing fits, which produce the namesake high-pitched "whoop" sound in infected babies and children when they inhale air after coughing.
Common signs of whooping cough in babies include coughing in short bursts, followed by a 'whoop' sound as the baby gasps for air.
Second stage symptoms include: | Intense bouts of coughing, which bring up thick phlegm; | A "whoop" sound with each sharp intake of breath after coughing; | Vomiting after coughing, especially in infants and young children, and | Tiredness and redness in the face from the effort of coughing.
Clearing accumulated secretions from the airways is usually achieved by coughing [1-2].
The effect of the distance between the doctor and the coughing person, the posture of the coughing patient (lying sideways facing the doctor or on back), and the position of the doctor ([acing the coughing patient or standing sideways) was examined with respect to exposure to coughed air.
Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection spread by coughing and sneezing.