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Best Way To Get Rid Of Cough And Phlegm
Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more
Blow your nose.: The best way to get rid of this is to blow your nose and get it out. Sometimes your nose can be swollen from the flu, so nasal decongestants and cough medicine may be needed. Allergies can cause this, like hay-fever in the spring and summer, so a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) might help. All these things help depending on why your nose is stuffed. ...Read more
Depends: How best to treat a stuffy nose depends on cause. Saline spray or irrigations tends to help for most causes. Please see your primary for evaluation and more specific treatment recommendations. ...Read more
Diagnose first...: Before it can be treated, first the etiology of your non-productive cough must be identified. Possible diagnoses include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, sinus problems or a combination of factors. You need to see your doctor so the correct diagnosis can be made and treatment given as all these possibilities have different treatments. If you smoke, you need to quit asap! ...Read more
Nasal vs Chest?: If nasal and something that just started... It may be a viral upper respiratory infection. It could be allergies as well - but less likely this time of year if new onset. Afrin nasal spray is a great decongestant - use no more than 4 days. Over the counter phenylephrine/pseudoephedrine. Plain old saline nasal spary is good as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try this: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. 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. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
See a DR: How long coughing? Any blood or pus? Smoking? Work in a mine or a place with dust or fumes? Exposed to tuberculosis? Had your DPT shot? Sinus or nasal congestion? When & where is it worst? Any cats? Any family or personal history of asthma? Go to a dr. Prepared to answer all these questions & more! do you take an ace inhibitor such as Lisinopril for bp? Do you take aspirin? ...Read more
Etiology?: In order to get rid of a cough, you must first have the etiolgy of the cough diagnosed. Possible etiologies of cough include acute bronchitis, bronchospasm of any kind, sinusitis, gerd or even a combination of factors and all these diagnoses have different treatments. So, see your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause.: Neti pots can reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head ; pour solution into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly ; spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed ; again in the A.M. ...Read more
Snot: Body produces up pint more mucous day as protective mechanism. When becomes thick- tacky causes congestion nose throat. Saline1/2 tsp salt to 8oz water, gargle frequently spit out. Cleanses throat. Also gimger root- shred 2 tsp put in cup. Add bioiling water. Cover 15-20 min. Strain. Add 2 tsp homey and 2 tsp lemon juice, gargle swallow. Use good cough drops. Average person makes 16000 gal snot in. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cause: See your doctor and find out what's causing your symptom. ...Read more
Give it time: If this is relatively recent then it will probably resolve on its own as the tissue heals up. Most of these colds are from viruses and do not need antibiotics. If it is not clearing up and has been several weeks or has colored discharge you may want to see your dr. Always see a dr. If it has been more than a month. ...Read more
Insuff information: Is burning from reflux or constant cough or sore throat? Home, some hot tea w Honey, breathe in the steam. At pharmacy can try cough remedy like Robitussen(aval generic), esp if it has dextromethorphan good to quiet cough. Also taking fairly warm shower & breathing in warm moisture in the air for a while will help inflamed tissues. ...Read more
I have been sick over 2 monthsi can't get rid of cough and yellow phlegm. I'm not a smoker. what can I do?
Have you seen doctor: If you have had cough and purulent sputum for over 2 months, you have some kind of serious respiratory infection. While smokers certainly get more of these, non-smokers can get any kind of infection as well. Your doctor needs to examine you, take a full history, probably get samples of your sputum for testing and probably a Chest Xray or other imaging studies of your lungs. See your doc NOW. ...Read more
Dose silent reflux in a baby cause a cough and phlegm in throat with frothy texture in a 4.5 month old baby he's on losec (omeprazole) but i can't get rid of cough?
It can: Reflux in infants is a common trigger for a cough. The Prilosec decreases stomach acid and may decrease irritation, but it does not stop the reflux, it just makes it less painful. With time and gradual assumption of an upright posture for more hours/day, the reflux and related cough decreases. It iften peaks around the 4-5 month period. ...Read more
I have a cough where a little bit of phlegm comes out. How can I get rid of my cough before my basketball game tomorrow?
Spit it out,cough fi: Cough medication are only symptomatic treatment. Finding the cause and dealing with it bottom line. The most common causes of cough with phlegm are bronchitis, sinusitis and upper respiratory infections.Gerd can also give you this symptom. Smoking is another cause. Treatment can vary from antibiotics to anti-inflammatory, histamine blockers, decongestant or bronco-dilators. The most imp step defin. ...Read more
Infant saline nose: drops followed by gentle suction of her nose with a bulb syringe help. Place a vaporizer across her bedroom, not close to her crib. If she has a rectal temperature of 100-4, laboredn breathing, decreased nursing &;/or decreased peeing, see her doctor. She'll swallow mucus & spit it up or pass it in her stool. As long as the mucus is loose & no other symptoms exist, give it about ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi doc, I have phlegm for a very long period of time and medication only seems to get rid of the cough but not the phlegm. Please advice. Thanks!
See a physician: You should consult a physician. You did not mention what kind of medication were prescribed and what triggers your cough. You may be suffering from allergies and postnasal drip.. Allergy medication like antihistamine and nasal spray and netipotty sinus rinse can help. Consult a physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more
How to get rid of phlegm mucus I have been having problems with a lot of phlegm thick mucus I have been to doctors they do not now what it is how do I get rid of this, I have tries cough and cold, an nothing is working, it is very hard to swollow an it fe
If : If you haven't already done so, i would seek out a good local ENT in your area for a thorough history and exam that could include nasal endoscopy to evaluate for possible sinus origin, indirect mirror or flexible scope exam of your throat, etc. Depending on findings, you may need ct imaging of your sinuses, in the mean time, if your mucous is thick and sticky, Mucinex (guaifenesin) (otc) is a safe medication that can help thin the mucous so it is more easily transported through your upper nasal and sinus passages. Try to drink enough water to stay well hydrated.Gargling with salt water also may help break up some of the phlegm. If you are a smoker this is counterproductive as it incites an inflammatory mucosal response and stimulates more mucous production. ...Read more
What do I need to get rid of yellow, thick mucus / phlegm?
Comes out when I blow my nose and cough it up.
Dry up the mucous: With the extent of mucous and phlegm, the best way to reduce that is with an antihistamine. In the drug stores, they sell and over the counter medication, diphenhydramine 25mg that you can take every 8 hours. In addition, you should drink at least 8 glasses of water for help reduce the thickness of the mucous. ...Read more
I have never been able to cough up phlegm I gag and then vomit. I currently have a chest cold and I can not get rid of the phlegm. Any suggestions?
Congestion: I don't think it is typically necessary to cough up phlegm. Try thinning it out by taking something like Guaifenesin and drinking lots of water. Don't just take the med without the water. Also try nasal saline rinse kit or neti pot if you have nasal congestion. The thinner phlegm should be absorbed by your body or swallowed and exit through the GI tract. See doctor if fever or not improving ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What can I do to get rid of thick phlegm in my throat that is quite difficult to cough up as it is so thick , it is a chronic persistent problem?
Mucinex, (guaifenesin) MD: Thick phlegm can be thinned out with something like a mucinex, (guaifenesin) which can be found at most drug stores. However, if this is a chronic problem, you should visit an md to determine what the root cause of the phlegm is: reflux, allergies, post-nasal drip, or lung issues. Productive cough is a particular symptom that is concerning. Long term treatment of the originating problem will help you long-term. ...Read more
How to get rid of phlegm in toddler? My 2 yr old son has constant phelgm and severe runny nose and cough. Please help us. No sleep in our house.
He may need abx: If your son has been sick for only a few days it's probably a viral upper respiratory tract infection there's not much to do about it. If he's been sick for a week or more most likely he now has a bacterial infection and should be on antibiotics. Contact your pediatrician and have him evaluated and hopefully placed on a course of antibiotics for at least 10 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My throat has phlegm and the doctor says thst I've mucous leaking and it makes my throat itchy. How can I get rid of the cough?
Sounds like allergy: Lots of mucous, itchy throat, and cough---sounds like allergies to me! tis the season, as the pollen counts are soaring. There are 3 over the counter antihistamines that you may try---claritin, allegra, (fexofenadine) and zyrtec. They all have generics which are fine. Try one of these. If ineffective, see your doctor again. ...Read more
Hi! i have this sore throat for about 6 days now and cough grey phlegm once or twice a day. i smoke light cigarettes. what should do to get rid of 'em?
Bronchitis: I understand your concern. Grey phlem is likely due to cigarette smoking and air pollution , it can also be due to or Marijuana smoking. See the Physician if coughing affects your sleep and day time functioning, difficulty in swallowing or fever. See Therapist to understand and resolve your feelings of worry, fear, sadness, hurt, resentment for which you may be smoking; plan to decrease smoking ...Read more
How do I help my 6 month old get rid of phlegm in her throat? She has a runny nose with clear snot, small rattling cough, no fever & is not fussy
I have had a productive cough for about a week and a half and it's not going away. How do I get rid of the phelgm?
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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