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Sinus and throat felt funny and now gone and have a very croupy cough. Is this a viral infection?

Sinus and throat felt funny and now gone and have a very croupy cough. Is this a viral infection?

Viral syndrome: It sounds like you may have picked up a viral syndrome. The best thing to do is to remain hydrated, use Ibuprofen at the appropriate dose and get plenty of rest. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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. ...Read more


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Have coughing fits from itchy throat for five weeks. Will almost cause vomiting. Allergy meds seem not to help. Cough stems from viral tonsillitis.

Have coughing fits from itchy throat for five weeks. Will almost cause vomiting. Allergy meds seem not to help. Cough stems from viral tonsillitis.

Post-viral cough: It is not unusual to have a persistent cough following a viral upper respiratory infection. This can due to inflammation of the windpipe (tracheitis) or throat irritation from a post-nasal drip. Treatment may include otc cough suppressants like Robitussin dm. You may need a stronger prescription cough med or a nasal med like a steroid nasal spray for a drip. Your pmd can decide which is best. ...Read more

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I had a croupy cough now phlegm, but nothing comes up. Been feeling like this for one week. How much longer will this last?

I  had a croupy cough now phlegm, but nothing comes up.  Been feeling like this for one week. How much longer will this last?

Cough: Some coughs (often viral in cause) may take weeks to resolve. Some suggestions:
1. avoid milk products since that increases mucous production
2. drink lots of fluids but avoid iced drinks for the same reason as #1 above.
3. try to get into shower at least once a day to humidify your bronchial tree and hopefully to help you cough up (expectorate) phlegm.
4. purchase black elderberry ...Read more

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What is clinical character of croupy cough?

What is clinical character of croupy cough?

Croup: A child may sound like a seal barking. This is due to the narrowing of the upper air way as the air passes through. Most cases of croup are of viral origin. Sometimes a drastic change in weather may bring on a croupy cough. This form of croup is usually afebrile. Viral coughs maybe accompanied by high fevers.If a child has not been immunized, has croup with high fever suspect epiglottis an emerge. ...Read more

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7 y/o boy (with ?Asthma) cough (varies between croupy and junky), headache, low grade temp (99-101). Just a cold?

7 y/o boy (with ?Asthma) cough (varies between croupy and junky), headache, low grade temp (99-101). Just a cold?

Asthma with a Cold: Call your pediatrician right away... Depending on various factors your son may need to be seen and treated more aggressively. ...Read more

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My 6 y/o son went to a public pool 2day. The H2O smelled (and tasted) different than any pool we've been to. Now he has a croupy cough & I'm worried?

My 6 y/o son went to a public pool 2day.  The H2O smelled (and tasted) different than any pool we've been to.  Now he has a croupy cough & I'm worried?

Ask: About the chemicals in the pool. The croupy cough may be a reaction or from an infection he picked up from another kid. All the best and stay out of the pool. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a croupy cough?

How to get rid of a croupy cough?

Proper diagnosis: A croupy cough can be from asthma, and it needs to be treated properly. You need to see your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Is a croupy cough ever an asthma symptom?

Is a croupy cough ever an asthma symptom?

Yes: Asthma has many symptoms that can include a cough. Typically the cough is described as dry but can also have a croupy nature. It is not uncommon to diagnose a child with recurrent croup as an asthmatic. Asthma is more likely if symptoms increased with exertion, more severe than a typical cold or associated with other asthma symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of a croupy cough?

What can I do to get rid of a croupy cough?

Steamy shower: Steamy shower is one of the best ways to soothe a croupy cough. Cough medicines tend to not be very helpful for this, unfortunately. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how to get rid of a croupy cough ?

Does anyone know how to get rid of a croupy cough ?

Get seen: A dose of steroids often helps quite a bit. Seeing your doctor will help you to get that prescription.

Watch
http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=bf5sxehpgck
to learn more about croup. ...Read more

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My son woke up with a croupy cough what is a good at home treatment?

My son woke up with a croupy cough what is a good at home treatment?

Your telephone : Use it to call your son's doctor and find out if he is very sick, or whether this is just a virus that will go away on its own. ...Read more

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My son was up all night with a croupy cough, he also has asthma. Is it asthma or something else?

Maybe both: Croup is caused by a respiratory virus, usually parainfluenzavirus, and is common in late summer & autumn. Any respiratory infection can trigger an episode of wheezing in people who have asthma so its possible to have both croup & asthma. Albuterol relieves the cough of asthma but will not help croup. So if that croupy cough doesn't respond to albuterol check in with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my son was up all night with a croupy cough, he also has asthma. Is it asthma or something else?

Should i be concerned if my son was up all night with a croupy cough, he also has asthma. Is it asthma or something else?

Asthma with croup?: You did not say how old your son is? It is possible to have croup in addition to asthma or reactive airway disease. Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) is also a possibility, particularly in children under 1 year.
Best to have a low tolerance and seek the care of your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What is the clinical difference between croupy and whooping cough?

What is the clinical difference between croupy and whooping cough?

Croup vs whooping co: Croup is usually a one to two day condition. It begins suddenly and has a characteristic seal bark cough. Whooping cough usually begins asa common cold and takes several days before the cough sets in. Whooping cough usually has a three week duration. Croup is usually viral in origin whereas whooping cough is bacterial in origin. ...Read more

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What's the best cough medicine for my 4 year old? BAD croupy cough

What's the best cough medicine for my 4 year old?  BAD croupy cough

Croup: Try cold air or hanging in a warm steamy bathroom first. If that bad needs evaluation to see if needs a steroid. ...Read more

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My ribs have been hurting and I've got a wheezy/croupy cough. What could be wrong?

My ribs have been hurting and I've got a wheezy/croupy cough. What could be wrong?

You could have: bronchitis, pneumonia, an exacerbation of asthma or something more serious. You may just have a viral bronchitis or upper respiratory infection. Please see your doctor to be examined in order to get the proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Croupy cough developing in my 3 yr old, how can I prevent this from getting worse?

Croupy cough developing in my 3 yr old, how can I prevent this from getting worse?

Croupy cough: Take your child to the washroom,and turn on the hot shower and have him breath in the hot steam the child for 30 minutes.use a vaporizer at night as well as elevating the mattress.Use salt water nose drops if the child's nose is running. Tea and honey may help and avoid milk because milk makes mucus ...Read more

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What kind of cold medicine is best to give a two year old daughter for a croupy cough?

What kind of cold medicine is best to give a two year old daughter for a croupy cough?

Delsym (dextromethorphan): One teaspoon every 12 hours. Just the regular plain delsym (dextromethorphan) preparation. Also, bring into a fogged up shower, that humdidity is amazing for a croupy cough. :) ...Read more

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Had influenza A couple weeks ago, symptoms gone except croupy cough. Possibly bronchitis?

Had influenza A couple weeks ago, symptoms gone except croupy cough. Possibly bronchitis?

Check temperature: I agree that most likely you do not have bacterial pneumonia which some patients develop following a viral infection. Viruses may cause damage to the lining of the airway. In the meantime, a humidifier and staying well hydrated, while recovering are suggested. If you have problems breathing and/or fever, please see your physician. If the cough lasts longer than 3 weeks, follow up is advised. ...Read more

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I am a teacher, and I often have a child in my class who has a croupy cough. Is it very contagious?

I am a teacher, and I often have a child in my class who has a croupy cough.  Is it very contagious?

Nutritional: I had a child with repeated episodes of life threatening croup who responded to administration of vitamin b1. This is because the nervous mechanism to the vocal chords is compromised. Vitamin b1 is very common because of all the sugar that kids are taking. Sugar is to gas in a car to the quality of vitamin b1 is to the spark plug. It sounds strange because we always think that croup is infection. ...Read more

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My son is 21months old. He has a croupy cough n isnt sleepin well due to coughing n congestion shld i bring him to the doc?

My son is 21months old. He has a croupy cough n isnt sleepin well due to coughing n congestion shld i bring him to the doc?

Try humidifier: Keep his head end elevated,try a cool mist humidifier,saline nose drops--if all these do not help yes have him checked by his pediatrician. ...Read more

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My son was up all night with a croupy cough and he also has asthma. Could that be the reason why or could it be something else?

My son was up all night with a croupy cough and he also has asthma. Could that be the reason why or could it be something else?

See below: The croupy cough could be classic croup or it could be an exacerbation of the asthma. There are other factors that could help distinguish the difference such as fever, wheezing and chest tightness. You did not mention your sons age but that could also alter the causes. If having difficulty breathing he should be seen by doctor. ...Read more

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Had influenza A couple weeks ago, symptoms gone except now have croupy hard cough. Normal for upper back soreness?

Had influenza A couple weeks ago, symptoms gone except now have croupy hard cough. Normal for upper back soreness?

Yes: you could get back soreness from coughing. Sometimes cough lingers after a viral infection has resolved. Typically goes away in few weeks. If the pain is excessive you can see if some pain medications help. However, if cough gets worse you may want to see your PCP. Until the cough resolves you may have some muscle aches in the back. ...Read more

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My son is 5 and has a croupy cough. Can I use Duolin respules and then Pulmicort respules after? Or just the one? Thanks

My son is 5 and has a croupy cough. 
Can I use Duolin respules and then Pulmicort respules after? Or just the one? Thanks

Mgt: It depends on the underlying cause of the cough. If there is a history of bronchospasm, you can give both nebulized treatments. If he is having difficulty breathing, I would suggest seeing acute care.
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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more