Why does coughing restrict my lungs?

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Why does coughing restrict my lungs?
« on: 31/05/2016 10:50:02 »
Gale Gaffley asked the Naked Scientists:
   Whenever i cough up saliva.  My lungs wants to close up. Its very scary doc.
What do you think?
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Re: Why does coughing restrict my lungs?
« Reply #1 on: 31/05/2016 13:16:57 »
Whenever i cough up saliva.  My lungs wants to close up. ...

If you cough-up stuff that's called a productive cough , the stuff is called mucous/phlegm/sputum , (but not saliva).

Coughing [up stuff] is not a cause of your breathing problem, it's a symptom.

Most probable reason for a productive cough would be infection, which could be treatable by your doctor.

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cough/pages/introduction.aspx
« Last Edit: 31/05/2016 13:22:57 by RD »