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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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Can toddlers suck a ricola cough drop?

I wouldn't: Since the drop could block their airway and cause severe respiratory distress, i would not offer this product to a toddler. ...Read more

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Could it be bad if i swallowed a cough drop on accident?

No: It will be digested by the acid in your stomach. There is no harm to you. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant can I take a cough drop for my cold?

I'm pregnant can I take a cough drop for my cold?

Depends: There are some medications that you shouldn't take, like decongestants, if you are pregnant. A good cough medicine is plain old honey. It will coat the throat, is safe to use often, and tastes better. ...Read more

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Is there any possible harm in going to sleep with a cough drop in your mouth?

Is there any possible harm in going to sleep with a cough drop in your mouth?

Yes...: There is a risk of the cough drop going into your airway which is less protected while you sleep. Your cough reflex is suppressed during sleep so if the cough drop goes "down the wrong way", you could actually block your airway and essentially choke in your sleep. Better to take the cough drop out of your mouth before you fall asleep. ...Read more

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