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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How can I prevent myself from panicking when I cough?

    The coughing fits I have scare me. I panic and feel like I am losing control and cannot breathe.. how do I remain calm in this situation?
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    Dr Peter Solin

    Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

    Dr Peter Solin is a highly trained authority in sleep disorders medicine and respiratory medicine, having graduated from Melbourne University in 1987 and undertaken specialist … View Profile

    You could look at this from two perspectives. The first is you're still here and the nasty coughing fits haven't finished you off. Therefore, you get yourself into a mind space where you take slow, deep breaths, calm yourself and then try to relieve the mucus or the cough which is distressing you. The second approach is to be more pro-active and perhaps perform some chest physiotherapy or sputum clearance for a set period of time such as 20 minutes at a point in the day prior to a time that you might be having bad spasms of cough.

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