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My 6 year old grandson has a dry cough No other symptoms. Going on holiday tomorrow. Is it ok o go swimming?

My 6 year old grandson has a dry cough No other symptoms. Going on holiday tomorrow. Is it ok o go swimming?

Could you stop him?: With no symptoms other then a bit of a dry cough, there is no reason to not go swimming. If this is a chronic issue, I would suggest evaluation to find the underlying cause (allergies? Cough variant asthma? etc). Restricting activity would be for other symptoms as well - fevers, body aches, shortness of breath, breathing fast - then he needs to be seen. Otherwise, watch him and play :) ...Read more

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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What is the best OTC remedy for a toddler's dry cough?

What is the best OTC remedy for a toddler's dry cough?

Honey, if over 12...: ...Months of age (some say 3 years): honey was tested against all major cough medicines and found to work better. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give my 19 month toddler hyland's 4kids cold'ncough?! her dry cough doesn't go away with anything!

Is it safe to give my 19 month toddler hyland's 4kids cold'ncough?! her dry cough doesn't go away with anything!

Hylands cough: Hylands cough medicine has no side effects, it is soothing with no after effects. The only problem is that its effect may not last the entire night. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take my toddler swimming when they have a cold/cough?

Is it ok to take my toddler swimming when they have a cold/cough?

Yes: Swimmiing is fine. In general we can all exercise with a cold or cough. We should not press or work out hard as that can affect the immune system negatively. But swimming for fun with a mild cold is ok. The water should not be too cold either. ...Read more

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What to do or take when you have a dry cough?

What to do or take when you have a dry cough?

Acute or chronic?: A dry cough can be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these especially if it is a chronic cough (present for weeks) or episodic (resolves then recurs). Treatment is dependent on the precise etiology so you need to see your doctor for evaluation so treatment can be initiated. ...Read more

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When my child has dry cough what should I give him?

When my child has dry cough what should I give him?

Cough: Depend on the age of the kids. And need to know what is the reason for cough. Minimized medication in young kids as much as possible. ...Read more

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What can I take for mucus and a dry cough?

What can I take for mucus and a dry cough?

Mucus; cough: Drink plenty of fluids to loosen mucus; use saline nasal spray &/or gargle with warm salt water to clear secretions. Many otc products like Mucinex (guaifenesin) can also help. If develop purulent phlegm, raw/sore throat, fever, sinus pain/pressure, see doc for further evaluation & treatment. Humidifier can help add moisture to dry indoor environments. ...Read more

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I am suffering from dry cough. What precautions shoul I take?

I am suffering from dry cough. What precautions shoul I take?

Cover your cough: First make sure to cover your cough with your hand or a piece of cloth make sure to wash your hand often and use anti septic solution if available
there a lot or reason for dry cough most of it is not related to lungs like reflux from stomach can cause dry cough. Allergy sinusitis can cause a dry cough, medication can cause a dry cough
so go and see a doctor if persisted to r/o more serious illness. ...Read more

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Asthma and dry cough which medicine I can take?

Cough variant asthma: Dry cough could be related to asthma. This condition is called cough variant asthma. You should see your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and rule out any other causes. Treatment is similar to that for asthma in general. Depending on the severity of cough, inhaled albuterol or short course of steroids may be needed. In addition, your doctor may prescribe maintenance therapy with inhaled steroids. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take dry cough syrup if I have a phlemy cough at times?

Is it ok to take dry cough syrup if I have a phlemy cough at times?

Yes: The cough suppressant is the same in the medication so either will help with the cough ...Read more

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I am 23wks pregnant and I have an awful dry cough...What can I take?

I am 23wks pregnant and I have an awful dry cough...What can I take?

Check with OB: I feel that all pregnant women should check with their OB before taking any medication-even nonprescription ones. ...Read more

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Dry cough since 2.5 months started when I got cold, I have allergy since child hood, and this often happens to me many times ago, what must I do?!

Dry cough since 2.5 months started when I got cold, I have allergy since child hood, and this often happens to me many times ago, what must I do?!

See doctor: People with asthma are sensitive to cold air. In fact, this is one way we challenge people to find out if they have asthma. You need to see your doctor and get your lung function tested followed by the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My dry cough is almost 2 weeks now and im having a hard time to breath while to try to cough and I take already a over-the-counter meds, but still sick?

My dry cough is almost 2 weeks now and im having a hard time to breath while to try to cough and I take already a over-the-counter meds, but still sick?

Need diagnosis....: In order to treat your cough, the etiology of the cough needs to be diagnosed first. Bronchospasm may be causing your cough, especially with shortness of breath. Other possibilities include GERD, post-nasal drip, bronchitis or a combination of factors. These all have different treatments so see your doctor ASAP for diagnosis and treatment. Over the counter cough meds are usually not helpful! ...Read more

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What can I take for a dry cough while breastfeeding?

What can I take for a dry cough while breastfeeding?

Robitussin DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan).: Robitussin dm (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) has an expectorant (guaifenesin) which will help loosen any mucus trapped in the chest and a cough suppressant (dextromethorphan) to keep the coughing at bay. Both are ok during pregnancy and breastfeeding. ...Read more

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What do I take for a dry cough?

What do I take for a dry cough?

Need diagnosis first: Possible causes of a chronic cough include bronchospasm of any etiology, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of 2 or more of these diagnoses. Treatment depends on the etiology which often requires testing for precise diagnosis. See your doctor so proper diagnosis of your cough can be determined and treatment can be rendered. Quit smoking if you are smoking. Your doctor can help w/this, too. ...Read more

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What medicine to take for a dry cough?

What medicine to take for a dry cough?

Better c ur doctor: Dry cough can be a symptom for several disorders, and if OTC medications aren't helping, better see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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What medicine to take for a dry cough?

What medicine to take for a dry cough?

Depends on the cause: There are many potential causes for a cough but the more common ones include post-nasal drips, post-viral infection etc. The list goes on. Need to see a doctor to find out. Unless you know the cause, using a cough suppressant on a long term basis is not recommended. ...Read more

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What medicines should I take for dry cough?

What medicines should I take for dry cough?

Consult a physician.: Dry cough can be due to multiple reasons like allergies, acid reflux and side effect of certain medication such as ace inhibitors and should be treated accordingly. ...Read more

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What's the best thing to take for a dry cough?

What's the best thing to take for a dry 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 more

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What's the best thing to take for a dry cough?

What's the best thing to take for a dry cough?

Dry Cough: Often a 'dry cough' is caused by a sinusitis that's causing an irritating post nasal drip. Try some benadryl (diphenhydramine) (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

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Wife is pregnant, she has a cold and a dry cough what can she take to help that doesn't affect the baby?

Rest: Rest, fluids, and time are the safest. Plain Robitussin or cough drops can help. The NIH actually did a study proving that chicken soup really does help. Hot tea with honey and lemon can sooth as can inhaling steam and gargling with warm salt water. If she needs more she should check with her doctor. If it is influenza she may need an antiviral like tamiflu (oseltamivir) or even hospitalization.Hope she feels better ...Read more

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Please tell me what can you take for dry cough besides halls while at work that won't make you sleepy or drowsy?

Please tell me what can you take for dry cough besides halls while at work that won't make you sleepy or drowsy?

Cough: Unfortunately most (prescribed by physicians) cough suppressants have sedative effects. The 'Dayquil and Nightquil' popular OTC brands have enough alcohol, a bad idea. Try some cardamom seeds (slowly suck for 3 - 10 minutes). Also make sure the person is not on medications hat can induce cough (ACE inhibitors). If still not better see physician to exclude also asthma. ...Read more

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I got a dry cough from taking lisinopril 20mg. How long will it take for this drug to get out of my body from the time I last took it?

I got a dry cough from taking lisinopril 20mg. How long will it take for this drug to get out of my body from the time I last took it?

ACE cough: Your annoying dry cough happens in about 20% of people that take an Ace inhibitor. Lisinopril has a half life of about 12hrs and it takes roughly 5 half lives for a drug to completely clear you system so 60 hours. However, he level of lisinopril should drop below the cough threshold much before that. The cough is usually a class effect so you will likely get it from all other Ace's. ...Read more

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What should I take for a dry cough thst on?

What should I take for a dry cough thst on?

Dry cough: It is always better to determine the cause of a symptom rather than simple treating the symptom itself. Seek a doctors advise and undergo an examination for any cough lasting more than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough and my eyes are getting red cause of coughing, what medicine should I take?

URI: You did not say much as a basis for diagnosis other than a dry cough. I suggest you see your doctor. In the meantime you can try to treat the most common cause which is common cold or allergic rhinitis with antihistamine like Claritin and couple it with a nasal steroid like fluticasone. ...Read more

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Can I take Alka-Zelter plus for cold and cough while breastfeeding? If not what can I take for persistent dry cough?

Can I take Alka-Zelter plus for cold and cough while breastfeeding? If not what can I take for persistent dry cough?

Probably not: According to my reference Epocrates. Robitussin (guaifenesin) would be OK to take for your cough. A better choice may be to go see your primary care to see why you have a persistent dry cough. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a diprofos ampoule for allergy dry cough and theoat irritation?

Is it safe to take a diprofos ampoule for allergy dry cough and theoat irritation?

Better not: Diprofos, is dexamethazone, one of the most potent steroids, you may feel better initially but you would suffer side effects later, the least is the return of symptoms that might not be easily controlled, besides the effect of the diprofos on your whole body. You better see an allergist if you have access to one, if not bronchodilator inhalers and steroid inhalers thru ur 1ry doctor would help you ...Read more

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Dry cough after mildew exposure what can I take. I had nasal surgery dec 4th?

Dry cough after mildew exposure what can I take. I had nasal surgery dec 4th?

Cough suppressant: A dry cough without other symptoms can be treated with a mild cough suppressant, such as "dm" or dextromethorphan containing cough syrups. If it persists, produces colored sputum, or includes fever, wheezing or shortness of breath, a doctor evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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My child has a dry cough and it sounds like he is choking. This happens when he is falling asleep. What can I give him.

My child has a dry cough and it sounds like he is choking. This happens when he is falling asleep. What can I give him.

Should be checked: We don't know how old your child is and can not recommend any meds. Make sure he drinks plenty fluids to keep his nose and throat hydrated and make an appointment with his/her pediatrician so that cause of the cough can be determined and treated ...Read more

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My 18 year old daughter has been having a dry cough for the past 3 days. Can I give her something for this or should I just take her to the doctor.

My 18 year old daughter has been having a dry cough for the past 3 days. Can I give her something for this or should I just take her to the doctor.

Honey: Believe it or not, 1 tsp of honey every 4 hours is an evidence-based treatment for cough in children less that 2. Of course albuterol is typically beneficial too. So, if it is a minor cough, especially at night, cool humidified air in the bedroom and 1 tsp of honey should help. If you are worried about your child's breathing status, please seek medical care soon. ...Read more

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My son had a cold for a week and he got over that but know has a very dry cough he can't sleep what can he takes and also should we trea as allergy?

My son had a cold for a week and he got over that but know has a very dry cough he can't sleep what can he takes and also should we trea as allergy?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) a great sleep aid and can also help with allergies. Dosage really dempends on age and weight. If your child is very young, you should talk with your doctor for the correct dosage. ...Read more

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Throat hurts when swallowing. What medicine to take. Have dry cough?

Throat hurts when swallowing. What medicine to take. Have dry cough?

Herbal teas...: For medicine consult with your PCP. Try NSAIDs for pain and herbal teas with lemon, cinnamon, honey. ...Read more

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I just want to ask what dry cough medicine should I take I have heart problem thank you?

I just want to ask what dry cough medicine should I take I have heart problem thank you?

You haven't told: Us what your cardiac problem is. Consider resubmitting with more information. ...Read more

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Itchy rash just now developing on 11yr old child after 7 days with 100 to 103 degree temps also has dry cough?

Itchy rash just now developing on 11yr old child after 7 days with 100 to 103 degree temps also has dry cough?

Chicken pox?: Measles? Since he has had fevers to 103, I suggest you visit his pediatrician to find out. Any higher fevers could be bad. I assume he is up to date on all vaccines. ...Read more

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Every time I take in a deep breath I have to cough. It is a dry cough. I don't have a fever but I feel like I am starting to have a slight wheeze?

Every time I take in a deep breath I have to cough. It is a dry cough. I don't have a fever but I feel like I am starting to have a slight wheeze?

Possible asthma: This could be a form of reactive airway disease or asthma. Some people with asthma suffer with coughing instead of wheezing. Your doctor can help sort this out. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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