Hillary Clinton seriously ill? suffers 3rd public coughing fit

Is Hillary dying?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton halts her remarks at the Schormburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York while suffering another coughing fit while speaking in Harlem.

This past Tuesday, the presidential hopeful was discussing race relations when she started coughing and couldn’t stop for two minutes. Drinking water and having a lozenge didn’t work.

Her coughing bouts have occurred before; recently she was speaking in Iowa when she had a fit and also last year during a congressional hearing on the incident in Benghazi.

Does the presidential candidate have a medical issue?

Inside Edition spoke with Ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Jonathan Aviv said “It’s not just cough,” the doctor said. “There’s some hoarseness, there some throat clearing, in fact there’s frequent throat clearing. When you have these trio of symptoms, you have to think of what I call throat burn reflux, which is acid reflux affecting the throat.”

Dr. Aviv says the former Secretary of State might have made a mistake by reaching for those lozenges.

If you’re caught in an attack of acid reflux and can’t stop coughing, the doctor tells us a lozenge is not the best way to go. There’s actually a breathing technique that he says will shut off the cough like a light switch.

He says to “close your lips and sniff and instead of pushing the air out, tighten your core and as slowly as possible” make a small release in your lips and exhale.

Only a doctor can tell for sure what’s behind her endless hacking. However, in a 2006 study of women with an average age of 48 who had a cough lasting for six months, 39% were found to have asthma, 9% had chronic upper airway cough syndrome (commonly known as postnasal drip), and 9% had gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

In addition, another 11% had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a serious, progressive disease that includes both emphysema and bronchitis. While not all people who develop COPD are smokers, people who smoke are at higher risk. Overall, 24 million Americans—about 1 in 12 people—have COPD, although half don’t know they have the disease.

Other causes

  • Infections. A cough can linger long after most symptoms of a cold, influenza, pneumonia or other infection of the upper respiratory tract have gone away. A not uncommon cause of a chronic cough in adults is pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
  • Blood pressure drugs. Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, which are commonly prescribed for high blood pressure and heart failure, are known to cause chronic cough in some people.
  • Chronic bronchitis. This long-standing inflammation of your major airways (bronchial tubes) can cause congestion, breathlessness, wheezing and a cough that brings up discolored sputum. Most people with chronic bronchitis are current or former smokers.

Less common

  • Aspiration
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Chronic bronchitis from an infectious disease
  • COPD
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Foreign body aspiration — children
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux
  • Lung cancer
  • Nonasthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis
  • Sarcoidosis
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