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What causes frequent hiccups while having flu along with fever, body aches and chills?

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Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Question: Yes since Monday I thought I had the flu with fever aches and pain and chills. Then I started getting the hiccups some real frequent and if I coughed really hard they would stop for a period of time. It is hard sleep because of the hiccups. Sometimes when I cough real hard, for a few seconds, I can’t breath in or out but the hiccups go away? Thank you

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Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
A whopping cough needs to be excluded

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

I have gone through your question and I understand your concerns but your symptoms could be due to severe bronchitis or could be due to whooping cough. Whooping cough is contagious and needs to be excluded first with a throat culture and if found positive then you should refer to your doctor for a prescription of antibiotic to kill the bacteria causing whooping cough. If you were found negative for whooping cough then you should take an antihistaminic as citrizine once daily before going to bed and refer to your doctor for a prescription of corticosteroids to treat bronchitis.

I hope I answered your question. if you don't have any other clarifications then please close the discussion.
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Follow up: Dr. Salah Saad Shoman (3 days later)
I went to the ER and was diagnosed with pneumonia and spent four days in the hospital.
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Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman (16 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Common complication

Detailed Answer:

Hello again,

I am sorry to hear that you had to spent four days in the hospital.. but pneumonia is a common complication of whooping cough occurring in 1 of 4 patients. Also, other bacterial pneumonia is difficult to differentiate from a whooping cough on a clinical basis and throats culture is required to differentiate between both conditions. However, treatment of both conditions is similar to antibiotics, antipyretics and antihistamines.

I hope you find this helpful.

Regards,
Dr. Salah Saad Shoman,
Internal Medicine Specialist
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What causes frequent hiccups while having flu along with fever, body aches and chills?

Brief Answer: A whopping cough needs to be excluded Detailed Answer: Hi, I have gone through your question and I understand your concerns but your symptoms could be due to severe bronchitis or could be due to whooping cough. Whooping cough is contagious and needs to be excluded first with a throat culture and if found positive then you should refer to your doctor for a prescription of antibiotic to kill the bacteria causing whooping cough. If you were found negative for whooping cough then you should take an antihistaminic as citrizine once daily before going to bed and refer to your doctor for a prescription of corticosteroids to treat bronchitis. I hope I answered your question. if you don't have any other clarifications then please close the discussion.