A 35-year-old member asked:
i have a bad cough runny nose, itchy throat and lots of whitish pleghm comes out when i cough, what does it mean?and what medication will i take?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Tal Dagan answered
24 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
URTI: Upper respiratory tract infections (urti) are usually viral in origin and are best treated symptomatically. I your symptoms are present for only a few days to a week, you are best taking a decongestant pill like nyquil day or night or sudafed to get relief for the runny nose. For relief from phlegm Mucinex (guaifenesin) or Robitussin do a good job at breaking down the mucous.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Kristen Stuppy answered
25 years experience Pediatrics
Cough & Cold: Cough and colds are very common but also very miserable. Use humidified air, saline rinse to the nose, and extra fluids to drink. Medications haven't really been shown to help much... Honey was proven to work better than dextromethorphan (the dm in cough meds). Most phlegm that comes up with cough is the stuff that drained from your sinuses. Antibiotics usually don't help.
Answered on Apr 1, 2014
Dr. Sue Ferranti answered
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Possibilities...: If you also have a fever, this could be acute bronchitis of probable viral origin, if the fever is low-grade. This will run its course over a few days or so and symptomatic treatment is all that is needed. If there is no fever, this could represent allergic bronchospasm and bronchodilator and steroid inhalers would be prescribed. See your doctor.
Answered on Apr 5, 2018
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