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Best Cure For A Tickly Cough
What is the best thing to do for a tickle causing a bad cough. My wife has asthma and the tickly cough has lasted a few days?
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
Depends...: Treatment for a chronic cough depends on the reason for the cough. Possible etiologies for a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Each of these have different treatments. See your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed first and then treated. ...Read more
Hello Dr. I have a papilloma on my uvula. There is only minor discomfort when I cough. If I am unable to visit a Dr. What is the best cure/treatment?
There doesn't seem: To be a cure or treatment for such a mass on your uvula outside of surgical excision or cauterization, if the mass is small enough. If you cannot get to a physician/oral cavity or ENT surgeon now, I suggest you wait a bit until you are able to. Or make it a priority to see a surgeon. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more
I've got a dry/tickling cough that's persistent enough that every breath I take can trigger it. What's the best thing I can do to break it?
It depends on why: You have the cough. If you cough every time you take a breath, then it is pretty serious. If you have bronchitis, you need to be seen by healthcare provider to get proper treatment. Some cough drops (e.g. Ricola) or cough syrup can help. If you cough because you have severe acid reflux, or cancer, or runny nose/allergies, then you should treat the underlying condition first. ...Read more
Antihistamines: The most common reason for having a throat tickle is allergy. You may or may not have runny/itchy eyes & nose with sneezing; but it is worth a try. Daily, non-sedating claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec, or Allegra should do the trick. This may be a seasonal thing, or may be year round. If it is more of a constant thing, then switch your daily antihistamine every 2-3 months to maintain the effect. ...Read more
I am having a tingling, painful, burning sensation on the skin epidermis of my right upper stomach. Why is this happening & what is the cure for this?
Burning sensation: A detailed history and complete physical examination may help your physician in establishing a correct diagnosis and adequate treatment for your condition. I have seen similar presentations in patients with early shingles, transverse myelitis in multiple sclerosis and pinched nerves in the thoracic spine. Please contact your physician for evaluation. Hope you feel well soon. ...Read more
Can a cerivcal herniated disk cause numbness and tingling in arms and legs? If so what is the best treatment?
CDH: A bilateral posterior and central herniated cervical spine intervertebral disc can cause numbness and tingling in both the arms and legs. Other symptoms may or may not be present and signs and symptoms are not always symmetric. This would be consistent with myelopathy in which case you would want surgery soon. ...Read more
C.1973-1983 I reproduced microfilm w/ a strong anmonia based developer. For awhile now several drs can't find a cure for my cough. Pls help.
See a pulmonologist: Chronic ammonia exposure can cause respiratory abnormalities. If you have not seen a pulmonologist, see one and if you have seen one, a second opinion and /or ENT evaluation may be considered. ...Read more
OTC Meds: Several over the counter medicines can help suppress a cough including delsym or robitussin (guaifenesin). These medicines contain a cough suppressent called dextromethorphan. Other home remedies include cool mist humidifier in your bedroom. There was an excellent study that showed a teaspoon of honey before bedtime suppressed a cough better than dextromethrophan. If your symptoms don't improve call your doctor. ...Read more
No cure: Assuming no other cause for ongoing cough: Post-viral cough can persist for many weeks. Also we are experiencing an epidemic of the '100 day cough' (Whooping Cough). Your age group is considered to be the vector for this infection and also, there is no cure. Cough syrups containing pholcodeine (available over the counter) may give you some slight symptomatic relief but are not really very effective ...Read more
Use caution: Dhatifen is used in the treatment of asthma and allergic bronchitis, including symptoms of allergic rhinitis or hay fever. It takes days if not weeks of use to be fully effective. It works by moderating an active immune response. I don't believe it would be particularly effective to just use for a random cough. ...Read more
(1)stop smoking and avoiding exposure to smoke or air pollutants
(2)Avoiding the allergens (if identified)
(3)Determine the cause for the cough-post-nasal drips, asthma, sinusitis etc.
But if you need to consult your doctor re. Whether the problem is indeed allergic in the first place, ...Read more
My son is suffering from a persistsnt cough and cold and keeps getting poorly from it onto 3 weeks now what is the best treatment for it?
Cough and cold: Very possibly a sinus infection. A cold will generally resolve on its own in 7-10 days and does not need any specific treatment. 3 weeks likely needs antibiotics. ...Read more
See your doc: It really depends on the source, which may be out of the scope of this forum. I would follow up with your doc for a longer discussion. Two very common causes are acid reflux and seasonal allergies, but this all depends on where you live. You can always consider a trial of allergy or reflux medication, but the better bet is see your doctor. ...Read more
The cure with depend: On the cause. Medical evaluation can determine the cause which can then lead to an appropriate treatment plan. ...Read more
Allergy...: Your symptoms are likely related to allergy. You may be having bronchospasm as well as nasal allergy symptoms. There are prescription inhalers as well as nasal sprays that may help so see your doctor for diagnosis/treatment. You may need to see an allergist for testing to see what you are allergic to so that avoidance, if possible, can be done. If you smoke, smoking cessation is imperative. ...Read more