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:shock: Just had the most awful cold, which in 48 hours went to a suffocating cough, fever and feeling really ill, not like the usual cold thing. Started to cough like a machine gun, couldn't stop it and coughed all my air out. Next thing something in my throat snapped shut, and I couldn't breathe in or out for what seemed like ages (about a minute). I though I was going to die! I heard this awful screeching whistle as a little bit of air came in, but I just couldn't control it, I was heaving, turning red, and in a state of panic. I ended up on all fours on the floor, and my husband called 999. After a few minutes of being told to try and relax, I started to breathe a bit more, but still the awful noise carried on. After about 15 minutes I could suddenly breathe okay again. The lovely Paramedic team explained I'd had a laryngospasm, caused by coughing violently. I'd like to say to anyone with an URTI to be prepared in case this happens, I was reassured to hear that you don't die of this!! The trick is to try and breathe shallow on the in-breath and longer and slowly on the out-breath. Your body wants to make you breathe in HARD, but this is what bangs the larynx shut and makes the screeching noise, but it actually makes the problem worse. I felt quite foolish afterwards, but my experience might help someone not to panic as I did!! :oops: That was 2 days ago, and I'm feeling much better now, just wanted to share this, it might help.
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