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Bad Cough After Cold
I usually swim in a warm pool, then got a bad cough after swimming in a cold pool. The coughing stopped after going into the hot tub. What caused it?
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
34 y/o male. Bad cough still 6 wks after cold. Chest xray clear, took antis, cough productive, taking meds for reflux and allergies. Tired of this.
Non smoker, Still have occas dry cough after bad cold 1 mo. ago, feel short of breath sometimes. Just started new SSRI. So worried about lung cancer. ?
See below: Sounds like a viral infection. If it persists, see your doctor. ...Read more
Honey: The feeling today is to avoid alot of the medications that in the past were used in infants. Honey can be used to soothe the throat in babies over 6 months. If there is bronchospasm then it might help to use a bronchodilator such as albuteral. If the baby is having more distress then a sh0rt course of oral steroids may be indicated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough after a cold: Two of the more common reasons to have a cough after a cold is 1) sinus infection and 2) asthma. Both sinus infections and asthma can have cough as a feature. Your physician should be able to assist you in differentiating between these 2 and ruling out other potential causes. Rarely is asthma or sinus issues fatal. ...Read more
Cold: Depending how long he has been sick, it may be viral but if it has been for over 3-4 days you need to take him to see a doctor. Keep him hydrated with soups and liquids. ...Read more
See doctor: It is best for you to see doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more