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Lung diseases

Gagging after infection

05/18/2009

Question:

I had a cough for three months and my doctor told me that I had bronchitis and gave me anitbiotics. The cough and all the symptoms went aways with in two weeks. But even two months later if I cough for any reason at all or even clear my throat I gag. This could happen about five times a day. My stomach and chest muscles are so sore from gagging. I see my lung specialist next week because I also have pulmonary hypertension. Could the gagging me that I still have bronchitis ever though I don`t have a cough? How can I stop the gagging?

Answer:

Gagging can mean many different things including acid reflux, infections of the esophagus, blockage of the esophagus, or side effects of medications. It is not possible to make a diagnosis over the internet so you should speak to your pulmonologist about your symptoms and ask if the problem could relate to the esophagus in some way.

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Response by:

James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University