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Best Thing To Quiet A Cough
Depends on cause: A dry cough could be a symptom of a variety of different problems including sinusitis, allergies, esophageal reflux, side effect to medications like ace-inhibitors (a class of blood pressure medicine), inhalation of irritants, or congestive heart failure, and many other problems. Best to see your doctor to find and treat the underlying cause of the cough. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dry Cough: Often a 'dry cough' is caused by a sinusitis thats causing an irritating post nasal drip. Try some benadryl (particularly at night as it may cause some drowsiness), gargle with some salt water and menthol. If the PND is from allergic reasons then claritin or zyrtec work well. ...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
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?
Nothing: Unfortunately, the cough of whooping cough is very unresponsive to all forms of treatment. Cough suppressants, bronchodilators, codeine, steroids etc. Rarely help. I have found occasional patients who do respond to Azithromycin taken on a daily basis. It may help because of its anti-inflammatory effects as opposed to its being an antibiotic. ...Read more
What's the best thing I can do for my 21 month old for his runny nose and cough that won't go away?
URI: A plain uncomplicated cold may last up to 7 to 10 days, the mucus changes from clear to cloudy and you may have a productive cough. Make sure you run a humidifier and suction the nose out with saline drops. If your child seems to be in any way worsening, has difficulty breathing and has cha ge in behavior and activity, is not eating or drinking and has a protracted fever, see your child's doc asap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
All stuffed up!: First, I am a huge believer in usuing nasal saline drops (salt water). Try putting a drop in your child's nose every 3 hours. You can also put a litlle neosporing at the opening of each nare. Have your child drink as much fluids as possible and dilute the milk with water as necessary. If your child's symptoms worsen or fever develops, you should visit with your pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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