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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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My cough/chest congestion is not going away. I have tried OTC syrups, antibiotics, nasal irrigation. What could be issue. Mornings are the worse.

My cough/chest congestion is not going away. I have tried OTC syrups, antibiotics, nasal irrigation. What could be issue. Mornings are the worse.

Depends: I would need more information, i.e., duration of cough, related symptoms (shortness of breath, heartburn), risk factors (smoking, caffeine, eating before lying down), past history (asthma, gerd). It is possible whatever infection you had resolved, but your airway is still inflamed - a trial of inhaled or oral steroids may help. It is also possible that you have GERD. Follow up with your clinician. ...Read more

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Please recommend the best medicine to get rid of cough, chest congestion?

Please recommend the best medicine to get rid of cough, chest congestion?

Cough treatment: To get rid of cough, you have to treat the underlined conditions. Cough is a symptom, not a disease. Therefore, there is no one best medication to get rid of cough. ...Read more

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Bad cough itchy throat chest congestion nasal congestion what over-the-counter medicine is best to take?

Bad cough itchy throat chest congestion nasal congestion what over-the-counter medicine is best to take?

OTC meds: Medications like Guaifenesin which could be found in Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin) can be helpful. Also for nasal stuffiness you could try afrin nasal spray one spray in each nostril twice a day. Please only take for three days as there's a high risk of rebound rhinitis if you take for longer than three days. ...Read more

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Best OTC med for a head cold? Head congestion, stuffy nose and sore throat. No fever or chest congestion/cough. Thank you!

Best OTC med for a head cold? Head congestion, stuffy nose and sore throat. No fever or chest congestion/cough. Thank you!

Pelargonium sidoides: The herb pelargonium sidoides, the root of a geranium native to south africa, is the best-proven treatment for colds, sinus infections ; sinusitis. It's the first thing I (; my family) take when getting sick ; has helped hundreds of my patients. It is widely available in a product called umcka, sold at health food stores ; many pharmacies. See http://naturalmedicinejournal. Net/pdf/nmj_dec09_bp. Pdf. ...Read more

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Cough and chest congestion has persisted for several days?

Cough and chest congestion has persisted for several days?

See below: You probably have viral bronchitis or influenza. Viral bronchitis will gradually get better but the dry cough may persist for several weeks. Influenza is more severe and is associated with fevers and prostration. If you feel ok and don't have significant fever take over the counter robitussindm. If you have fever and feel poorly get checked out by your md for bacterial infection or pneumonia. ...Read more

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What is leading to my sinus/cough/chest congestion issues?

Allergies: Most likely related to either seasonal or perennial allergies. Also could be caused by a deviated septum.
Xrays would be helpful. ...Read more

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I had a cold, my cough is gone but I still have chest congestion. What can I do?

It is hard to make d: It is hard to make diagnosis without seeing a patient. See your pcp its for your benefits. ...Read more

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I have a 5 week old with chest congestion & cough, is there anything we should keep away from her?

I have a 5 week old with chest congestion & cough, is there anything we should keep away from her?

Cold vs. Allergy: It may be a minor cold. Newborns are very susceptible to cold viruses, since there immune system is not well developed.
No medicine is recommened. Okay to take outside, but everyone handling baby whould wash their hands and no one with a cold should be allowed to hold. ...Read more

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My fiance had a cold that was going around that landed him home sick for 4 days. Now he has chest congestion and a cough for the last 2 weeks. Help?

My fiance had a cold that was going around that landed him home sick for 4 days. Now he has chest congestion and a cough for the last 2 weeks. Help?

Seems...: It seems that after the initial cold symptoms he never fully recovered from that. The fact that symptoms are worse and lasted for so long makes us think he could be having a bacterial infection of some sort, could be sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia. The only way to definitely tell is to have him see his doctor for exam, diagnosis and possible antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Itchy throat chest congestion cough what is it?

Itchy throat chest congestion cough what is it?

How long?: Itching is often associated with allergy. If you have had these symptoms for more than 2 weeks or they have been recurring, they are likely from allergies. Consult an allergist to find out what may be ailing you and whether you may have asthma as well. If there is a family history of allergies, then your chances of having allergies get much higher. ...Read more

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I have chest congestion without cough, and little pain in right side of my chest.....?

I have chest congestion without cough, and little pain in right side of my chest.....?

Pleurisy?: Pain on the right side of chest without cough could be from different causes varying from pulled muscles to pleural pain from an infection. Chest congestion without cough is rather unusual, though. If the pain continues you may see your doctor for assessment of the cause of chest pain and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My baby is 6months now he has cough and chest congestion problem since he was 20days we nabolise him what should I do?

My baby is 6months now he has cough and chest congestion problem since he was 20days we nabolise him what should I do?

Needs pulmonologist: If he is 6 months old and has been nebulised since he was 20 days old have him see a pediatric pulmonologist. This is too long to be ongoing. I hope there is no second hand smoke exposure ...Read more

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Had chest congestion 2 weeks ago & don't know that its gone or not. During the 5 day medication got cough & cold. I can feel cough in my chest?

Had chest congestion 2 weeks ago & don't know that its gone or not. During the 5 day medication got cough & cold. I can feel cough in my chest?

ACUTE BRONCHITIS: Your symptoms are consistent with acute bronchitis. You need to be reevaluated labs and CXR done to rule out pneumonia. You will probably need a different course of antibiotics and a nebulizer to give deeper penetration for medication Please get evaluated promptly! If wheezing progressive a course of steroids may be tried ...Read more

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How can I get rid of bad chest congestion and cough?

How can I get rid of bad chest congestion and cough?

Depends...: On the cause. One common cause is asthma, and there are many very good medications on the market to control asthma inflammation in the airways and decrease the cough and congestion that result from that inflammation. You need a thorough evaluation by a doctor to help you identify the cause of your chest symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of this chest congestion and this cough?

How long have you: How long have you had the chest congestion and cough for? Do you have any lung issues or do you smoke? Any other medical problems? These factors will affect how your cough and chest condition are treated. Check in with your doctor. ...Read more

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Pleasse help me! How can I get rid of bad chest congestion and cough?

Pleasse help me! How can I get rid of bad chest congestion and cough?

Short answer: You could try Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm and drinking lots of water but, if you have had your symptoms for a week or more or if you have risk factors like smoking or having shortenss of breath, fever and chills, you really should see your doc. ...Read more

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I have chest congestion that I can feel up to my neck. When I cough, I get a very sharp pain. What could be the cause of this?

I have chest congestion that I can feel up to my neck. When I cough, I get a very sharp pain. What could be the cause of this?

Possibilities...: If it has been present for less than 3 weeks, it is likely acute bronchitis which is usually of viral or bacterial origin. It will likely resolve on its own in a few days to week. If present for 3 weeks or more, it could be chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. This would need a doctor evaluation so treatment could be given. ...Read more

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My baby had cold, cough n chest congestion for more than a wyk. Doc gave medcine. Still not fully recoverd. Now she refuse to eat. Wat could it be. Plz?

My baby had cold, cough n chest congestion for more than a wyk. Doc gave medcine. Still not fully recoverd. Now she refuse to eat. Wat could it be. Plz?

Have her seen again: It may have been a viral infection and now she has a secondary infection. If she refuses to eat or drink have her checked again. ...Read more

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Natural remedies for chest congestion and a cough?

Honey: One of the simplest is a teaspoon of honey every 4-6 hours for cough and increase your water intake. ...Read more

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I have a cough and chest congestion, I feel weak and fatigued. Feels like there is 10 pounds on my chest. What is going on?

I have a cough and chest congestion, I feel weak and fatigued. Feels like there is 10 pounds on my chest. What is going on?

Chest congestion: Chest tightness, pressure, cough and congestion can be related to several issues including: heart problems, lung problems including infections, asthma, tumor. The diagnosis list will be different depending on other symptoms, medications, etc. When dealing with respiratory or heart issues, it is best to seek diagnosis and treatment urgently. ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies for chest congestion and a cough?

What are some natural remedies for chest congestion and a cough?

Cough: When given accurately, homeopathic remedies in 30c potency can often help acute symptoms of cough & congestion. Bryonia alba helps with coughs that go down into the chest -- & cough is dry, hard, & painful. Patient holds onto the chest. Causticum has dry, irritated cough -- worse from laughing, talking, or any sort of air friction. It's a main remedy for bronchitis. Coccus cacti: paroxysms. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the natural remedies for chest congestion and cough?

Can you please describe the natural remedies for chest congestion and cough?

Natural Remedies: 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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Can you please describe the natural remedies for chest congestion and cough?

Cough: Many coughs clear up by themselves but some do not - pneumonia, sinusitis, reflux, asthma and allergy are some of the causes of chronic cough that respond to treatment. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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My son is 3 years of age and from birth till now he always suffer from cold cough flu chest congestion. Help?

My son is 3 years of age and from birth till now he always suffer from cold cough flu chest congestion. Help?

Recurrent infections: Children will experience more colds and infections especially if they attend daycare, exposed to cigarette smoke or were forn very premature. Chronic or recurrent congestion, cough may indicate allergies and/or asthma. Less common is an immune system problem predisposing children to recurrent, severe or unusual infections. An allergist can assist in sorting these out. ...Read more

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I've had a cough and chest congestion for three weeks. Antibiotics and OTC meds aren't helping. What else can I do?

See doctor...: Possible etiologies for this cough include bronchospasm from any cause, (like allergy), gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. All of these have different treatments so you need to see your doctor so the correct diagnosis and treatment can be given. If you are short of breath, go to the er for evaluation. If you smoke, you need to quit today and your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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I am currently taking 50 mg of sertraline and I have a cough with chest congestion. What can I take for my for cold?

Viral URI: There a dozen or more otc cold tablets or syrups available and you can choose one based upon your symptom complex and what you would like relieved, or consult with your friendly pharmacist. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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