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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
3,613 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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Cough (Tip)

If you have postnasal drip, try Chlorphenerimine. It's much better than new antihistamines 4 cough. ...See 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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Cough (Tip)

With a cold or the flu, you can improve and feel better but the cough is the last symptom to stop. ...See more

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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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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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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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Cough (Tip)

1st line go to treatments-chlorphenerimine, zantac and nexium, get tested for asthma. ...See 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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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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Cough (Tip)

Treat early with antibiotics if diagnosed with whooping cough. ...See 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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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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Cough (Tip)

If a child in the home has whooping cough, make sure EVERYONE around the child is vaccinated. ...See 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? Thanks

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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Cough (Tip)

Don ' t forget to get immunized. Do give supportive treatment and make your child comfortable. ...See 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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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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Cough (Tip)

Immunize your baby when the pediatrician recommends it; you will have a healthier child. ...See more

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What the safest drug for severe cough to 6th months pregnancy?

What the safest drug for severe cough to 6th months pregnancy?

Cough: It is safe to take Robitussin DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) for a severe cough during pregnancy. ...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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Cough (Tip)

Avoid exposing babies until your child is not contagious—it is deadly for them. ...See 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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What to do to prevent cough from occuring when having a cold (my cough won't 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

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How to avoid cough?

YOU CAN NOT: Cough is a method by which your body attempts to get rid of something that shouldn't normally be where it is at. You do not want to avoid that. ...Read more

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A deep cough sometimes with phlegm no other cold signs. Gets worse at night?

A deep cough sometimes with phlegm no other cold signs. Gets worse at night?

Could be: Several different things. Sometimes infections are very low grade and you may just be stricken by an annoying cough. But this could also be related to acid reflux or sinus issues complicated by post nasal drip (allergic or not). If you find it bothersome seek an in person evaluation. ...Read more

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Why does my cough get worse at night or first in the morning?

Why does my cough get worse at night or first in the morning?

Position?: If your cough worsens when you lie down, either at night or in the morning, it may be due to post-nasal drip or gerd. Both of these can cause bronchospasm and lead to cough. The treatments for these are different so see your doctor so treatment can be initiated if either or both of these proves to be the culprit. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get cough syncope off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get cough syncope off and on?

Not yet, but...: I'm not aware of a genetic linkage for cough syncope. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, just that its not strong enough to appear on current genome-wide association studies, or other linkage analyses. Single gene diseases are the easiest to track and link to a gene. Most complex diseases (like cough syncope) are caused by multiple interacting genes, and are therefore very hard to characterize. ...Read more

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What helps with cough?

What helps with cough?

The cause of the: Cough determines the treatment. For example if your cough is secondary to heart burn or reflux, then the treatment life style changes, dietary changes and the use of antacids. If the cough is due to a cold, upper respiratory infection, the treatment is time, fluids and time. If it gets real bad you may try cough syrups. There are many other causes and thus the same process... Good luck. Dr. B. ...Read more

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What are the risks of drinking cough medicine every day?

What are the risks of drinking cough medicine every day?

Depends: It depends on which cough medicine. If it is a prescription cough medicine... It may have Codeine and if you are using it daily... Then addiction could be a problem. I would try to figure out what is causing the cough: asthma, acid reflux, allergies, sinususitis, rhinitis (drainage from the nose). ...Read more

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I don't want to cough after smoking hookah but will I if it's the first time? And any health benefits/risks of doing hookah?

I don't want to cough after smoking hookah but will I if it's the first time? And any health benefits/risks of doing hookah?

Controversial: It is controversial on whether hookah smoking has health risks. Yet, it seems logical that inhaling any smoke into your lungs can not be good for you! Instead of worrying about coughing just don't smoke it. ...Read more

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Can you ever cough so hard you feel like passing out?

Can you ever cough so hard you feel like passing out?

Yes: Coughing is spasms can lead to hyperventilation and near syncope (passing out). I had a patient do this at home, church and even in the urgent care. Very scary, but treatment lead to good outcome. ...Read more

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I have cough?

Cough: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea w a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea w 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 mins). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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I have cough?

I have cough?

Cougher: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. Lemon juice & 1 tsp. Honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more

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How to cure cough?

There really is: No cure but products with guanefisin can help as can tea and honey and cough drops ...Read more

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Why do people cough?

Why do people cough?

Many reasons: Persons cough for various reasons. A cough can be associated with upper or lower respiratory infections, acid reflux, asthma (even without wheezing), post nasal drip, foreign body obstructions, lesions in the lungs such as cancer, and even damage to some nerves. There are many causes to a cough. ...Read more