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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Overview)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. Cover your cough please.


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What causes cough and cold?

What causes cough and cold?

Viruses: Mostly common cold viruses (rhino-virus) cause the common cold which includes a cough due to mild bronchitis. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
3,615 doctors shared insights

Cough (Overview)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. Cover your cough please.


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What's the best treatments for coughing and nasil congestion?

What's the best treatments for coughing and nasil congestion?

Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs multiply. It is found in a nasal spray called xlear (pronounced "clear") and in chewing gum called spry. Coughing is a way the body gets rid of mucus. Please see your doc to get a proper diagnosis. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
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If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
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If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Stay hydrated, and use medications to suppress your cough
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Finish all of your antibiotics, even if you are improving or feeling better
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Make sure that all of your immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns while you are sick
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Productive cough no runny nose?

Productive cough no runny nose?

Could be Viral or...: Go see your doctor. He/she needs to listen to your chest and lungs, possibly culture your throat, and possible give you an inhaler treatment or antibiotics. He/she also needs to check your vitals to see if you are starting to get a pneumonia. ...Read more

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Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

See MD: See MD or ER. There are a variety of causes. Some benign, some serious. ...Read more

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Can polysinusitis cause cough and temperature for the long time (longer than one month)?

Can polysinusitis cause cough and temperature for the long time (longer than one month)?

Unlikely: To be considered a temperature is needs to be over 100.5, if you have had a fever for more than a month, you need to be seen by a physician, and reevaluated if you have already seen one. Pansinusitis, especially if treated, should not cause a fever for this long. You need a thorough work up for other possible causes of your fever. Coughing from it for that long is possible, but not a fever. ...Read more

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Chesty cough sickness n0sebleeds?

Chesty cough sickness n0sebleeds?

?: Your question has too many vague and non specific points. Please rephrase and elaborate. ...Read more

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Cough phlegm chest pain with fever?

Cough phlegm chest pain with fever?

See your doctor: You could have a pneumonia setting in. See your doctor for the appropriate evaluation. Get well soon. ...Read more

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What does it mean when u cough up brown stuff for a long time?

What does it mean when u cough up brown stuff for a long time?

Lots of things : Chronic bronchitis? Bronchiectasis? The answer depends on your age, medical history, tobacco use, duration of symptoms, and so on. This is why doctors need to do a history, physical exam, and occasionally other tests to take care of many of your questions. ...Read more

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Sneezing, nonproductive cough , slight expiratory wheeze, low fever?

Sneezing, nonproductive cough , slight expiratory wheeze, low fever?

How long: If it has been a few days you may have a viral infection, if longer i would be concerned about a bronchitis. See your doctor anyhow, especially because you are wheezing. ...Read more

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Cough sore throat fever bodyache cold?

Cough sore throat fever bodyache cold?

Virus: Sounds like a viral upper respiratory infection. Symptoms may last 5-10 days depending on too many factors and too small of a space for this answer. Persistent temperatures, lack of improvemt in symptoms should prompt you to see a doctor please. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat cough. Been taking more of the drug to no avail. Like (( selgon, alveolin-p, toplexil)) ?

What is the best way to treat cough. Been taking more of the drug to no avail. Like (( selgon, alveolin-p, toplexil)) ?

Treating Coughs : Most self-limited "colds" that feature coughs will clear on their own regardless of which cough medicine you use. If you have a more serious viral or bacterial infection, your doctor will prescribe more potent prescription cough mixtures and possibly antibiotics to clear the offending agent. For a cough tht lasts more than 10 days to 2 weeks, see your doctor, especially if you have fever, fatigue. ...Read more

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Headache lightheadedness cough runny nose?

Headache lightheadedness cough runny nose?

Sinusitis/allergies: You could be suffering from sinusitis or allergies. Try some anti-histimanic (loratidine/benadryl) and/or a decongestant. You should try avoiding smoking as it could make your symptoms worse. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat a cough? And body pains?

What is the best way to treat a cough? And body pains?

Depends on the cough: If you have an underlying medical issue like asthma and emphysema, speak to your doctor about this. If you have a cold a teaspoon of honey is as effective as many over the counter remedies. If you have fevers >102 of cough for more than 10 days, see your doctor. Finally, for muscle pain, try Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. ...Read more

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Can I have surgery in 3 days if my bronchitis has been treated and my cough is mild. I do not have psnemonia and otherwise feel pretty good. ?

Can I have surgery in 3 days if my bronchitis has been treated and my cough is mild.  I do not have psnemonia and otherwise feel pretty good. ?

Most likely: It depends on the type of surgery and anesthesia required and if your lungs sound clear now. You say you feel well so that's a good sign that it should be alright. Keep taking your inhalers as prescribed and call the surgery center or your doctor with any worsening symptoms. Good luck. Oh, stop smoking if you do. :). ...Read more

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Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

It could be many: Things . To mention few , postnasal drip , upper respiratory infection . If the symptom gets worse and become persistent , see your doc. If it is easing up and getting better , probably it is nothing and self limited ...Read more

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How effective is zyrtec (cetirizine) syrup for toddlers in treating cough?

How effective is zyrtec (cetirizine) syrup for toddlers in treating cough?

Toddler cough : Hello, zyrtec (cetirizine) is an antihistamine that may help with allergic disease. It will also help dry up excessive watery drainage. If your child has a cough linked to an allergic condition or possibly asthma, then zyrtec (cetirizine) may be very helpful. Check with your doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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Pneumonia, bronchitis or flu shortness of breath. Coughing, wheezing, chills, fever, bodyaches, headache

Pneumonia, bronchitis or flu shortness of breath. Coughing, wheezing, chills, fever, bodyaches, headache

Hello. : Hello. Can not distinguish between these three diagnoses based on this information. You will need a medical history, a physical examination to include auscultation of your lungs and you might need a chest xray as well. They will probably check your blood oxygen level and may also do some lab tests. Would play it safe and get evaluated at the emergency room, as there is a possibility that you could have pneumonia. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Antibiotics for productive cough?

Cough and antibiotic: There can be a lot of reasons for a cough. Since you are not a smoker the most likely is that this is indeed an infection. Your doctor will try to evaluate if this is a viral illness or a bacterial problem. It sounds like you need to be seen. ...Read more

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Treatment for cough?

Treatment for cough?

Depends: Treatment for cough depends on the underlying cause. For symptomatic releif, you can use cough medications otc but you should see a doctor to determine the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Pls can u advice me of poss treatments for nuropathic cough? Thanks

Pls can u advice me of poss treatments for nuropathic cough?
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Cough: Consult with a pulmonary speciaist and possibly a GI physician to diagnose and treat gerd. Try to find out definite diagnoses rather then just calling your cough neuropathic. ...Read more

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Sneezing, runny eyes, runny nose, and mucus producing cough... Bronchitis or allergies?

Sneezing, runny eyes, runny nose, and mucus producing cough... Bronchitis or allergies?

Allergies most likel: Symptoms likely more related to allergies than bronchitis. If able, take medication to control your symptoms, such as antihistamines ( eye drops and oral agents), nasal decongestant, nasal lavage ( like nettie pot), expectorant, and try controlling the environment triggers such as wind dust pet hair open windows fans perfumes etc...... ...Read more

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Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough: Dark phlegm: This sounds like bronchitis or a cold or pneumonia. Sometimes when we cough a lot of violently we break small blood vessels and blood can get on or into the mucous. As long as you are not freely bleeding this is considered routine and normal. ...Read more

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What drug can I use to cure cough for my kids?

What  drug can I use to cure cough for my kids?

Symptom: Cough is a symptom, not an illness. In order to make the symptom better, you need to address the illness. If the cough is being caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics will make it better. If it's being caused by virus, the body's immune system will cure it. If it's asthma, medicines can improve it greatly but it can't be cured. In short, the cure depends on the cause. ...Read more

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Wheezing coughing sneezing chest pains ?

Wheezing  coughing sneezing chest pains ?

See your doctor : Or go to ER or Urgent Care, chest pain and wheezing should be attended to ASAP ...Read more

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Sore throat, tight chest, cough?

Sore throat, tight chest, cough?

Bronchitis?: It is possible these symptoms are due to acute bronchitis caused by either a bacterial or viral infection. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Suggest me best medicine to get rid of cough and cold. I am a sinus patient too.

Cough: Your condition may be due to allergies. Check with your doctor or get a referral, to an allergist. In the meantime you can get otc antihistamines. ...Read more

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Dry coughsore throatchills no feverheadache?

Dry coughsore throatchills no feverheadache?

See doctor: See your doctor to make sure you dont have strep. A throat culture is in ordertake inuprofen for pain. ...Read more

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Does BP tablets cause cough? I am taking tritace 10 mg daily.

Does BP tablets cause cough? I am taking tritace 10 mg daily.

Yes: Tritace is ramipril, an ace inhibitor. This class of drugs, the favorite of many physicians for treatment of high blood pressure, is well-known to cause cough as an adverse effect for some people. Unless your cough is trivial, you will need to be on a different BP medicine. ...Read more

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Coughing up green phlegm chest pain?

Coughing up green phlegm chest pain?

Cough green stuff: And your question is? Need lots more information to be able to help. Consult with us here. ...Read more

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Sore throat, drainage from nose, persistent cough?

Sore throat, drainage from nose, persistent cough?

Perhaps allergies?: If you have had this issue that is linked to a particular season or exposure to a location, like a friend's place where there is a cat, you could be suffering from allergies. Smoking can also cause similar symptoms. A physical exam would be very helpful in determining the problem. You could try using over the counter antihistamines like loratidine to see if that lessens your symptoms. ...Read more

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Sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and chronic cough.Why, since i'm nonsmoker?

Sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and chronic cough.Why, since i'm nonsmoker?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include bronchospasm, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. Shortness of breath is a serious symptom that always requires evaluation by a doctor. If your shortness of breath is severe, go to the er today! get an evaluation asap. ...Read more

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Does peanut butter trigger cough? What does it mean if it does?

Does peanut butter trigger cough? What does it mean if it does?

Maybe: If you develop a cough or difficulty breathing after eating peanut butter you may be allergic to it. You should avoid further ingestion of anything containing peanuts until you are properly evaluated for allergies. ...Read more

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Cold n cough medicine?

Robitussin (guaifenesin): The Robitussin people make a great line of products. They very clearly spell out what is in each cough syrup. There are only a few ingredients to choose from and you don't want to take one that may be unnecessary. Choose a product that has what you need: cough med, decongestant, expectorant, tylenol, (acetaminophen) antihistamine. Most likely, there is a bottle that has the 2 or 3 things in it that you need. ...Read more

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What to do to prevent cough from occuring when having a cold (my cough wont leave me so easy!)?

Consider asthma: Prolonged cough after an upper respiratory illness can be an indication of reactive airway disease or a form of asthma-cough variant. It is common to have cough and excess sinus secretions persisting 2-3 weeks following a normal cold but there should be gradual improvement. If the cough lasts much longer especially if there is some wheezing then asthma treatments might help reduce cough duration. ...Read more