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what are ways of getting rid of a cough at home?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How do I get rid of a cough?

7 doctor answers22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Taraneh Azar
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 26 years experience
Cough: One needs to first identify the cause of the cough before it can be treated. Common causes are certain post nasal drainage, post viral cough, medications such as ace inhibitors, and extraesophageal or laryngopharyngeal reflux. Other more obscure causes can also treatable - eg ear wax impaction. Rarely, a cause cannot be identified. See a medical provider if your cough persists.
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Agree that it is important to know the cause of cough in order to properly treat it. Common causes of cough are post nasal drip due to allergies, viral illness, sinusitis. Other causes are asthma, reflux, oossible side effects of certain medications
Jan 29, 2012
A 40-year-old member asked:

How to get rid of a cough the quickest?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Etiology?: In order to get rid of a cough, you must first have the etiolgy of the cough diagnosed. Possible etiologies of cough include acute bronchitis, bronchospasm of any kind, sinusitis, gerd or even a combination of factors and all these diagnoses have different treatments. So, see your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and treated.
A 31-year-old member asked:

I have a really annoying cough, can't get rid of it!?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Need diagnosis...: If your cough has been present for 3 weeks or longer, it is likely due to bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, sinus problem or a combination of factors. If the cough is present for less than 3 weeks, it is likely due to acute bronchitis, either bacterial or viral. For your cough to be diagnosed and then treated, you need to see your doctor. If you smoke, you need to quit!
A member asked:

I am having catarh which may result in cough. How do I treat or prevent?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Mucous excess: Usually a symptom of irritation or infection of mucous membranes that may be self limited as in seasonal allergies with mucous secretions in back of throat causing cough. Can affect sinuses, throat and even ears and eyes. Typically a nasal decongestants throat expectorants, steam humdification, nasal lavages may help lessen the symptoms. If prolonged symptoms or worsening condition, seek medical.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What can I take to get rid of a cough?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Identify trigger: While there are cough suppressants like delsym, the most helpful would be to identify the cause of the cough. Depending on the cause, there could be specific treatment. Causes of chronic cough are asthma, post nasal drip from sinus problems, allergies and acid reflux. An allergist is specifically trained to identify and treat cough.

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