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Can't Get Rid Of My Cough
I have yellow lumps at back of my throat, I have no tonsils and get tonsillitis, I can't get rid of my cough I have had these for 6 months now
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
I caught a cold about a week ago and now i just can't get rid of this annoying cough. My throat is also quite sore. Any advice?
Give it time: It should resolve with time. If you are concerned, see a doctor. ...Read more
Silly question: You first have to figure out what the cause is. That could be that is being generated in the lungs from an infection or asthma or a habit cough or an allergy to something in your environment. Or it could be that you have a cough due to a post-nasal drip. Once you sit down with your physician and explore the many possible causes (and these were not all) a solution can be devised just for you. ...Read more
Remedies: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. lemon juice & 1 tsp. honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. 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. ...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?
I hate taking any medicines because it makes me gag like crazy. Are there any other ways besides medicine then to get rid of my cough?
Coughing: 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
Hoarseness: Voice rest is probably the most important thing you can do, but salt water gargles often help too. If you are a professional voice user, and your voice is coming back slowly, see an ENT who can try medications to decrease swelling faster. Feel better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had bronchitis almost 3 months ago. Ever since I cannot get rid of my cough. Sometimes it's productive, barky, or bronchial. Any ideas?
Exam/xray: Do not ignore, nor is this issue something that should be answered online. Please consult with you PCP re: mediciation and evaluation. ...Read more
Is there anything i can do tp get rid of my cough? I have had it since the begining of march and i am also abit short of breath at times
What to do if I have been sick for over a month! help! I need something to get rid of my cough and runny nose.?
Need diagnosis...: If your cough has been present for 3 weeks or longer, it is likely due to bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, sinus problem or a combination of factors. If the cough is present for less than 3 weeks, it is likely due to acute bronchitis, either bacterial or viral. For your cough to be diagnosed and then treated, you need to see your doctor. If you smoke, you need to quit! ...Read more
Severe cough: Severe coughing can be related to many causes including infections, asthma, foreign body in the lungs or esophagus, heart failure, tumor, acid reflux, sinus or allergy issues. For a person to provide helpful treatment, it will be key to know the "cause." a lung specialist such as allergist or pulmonologist can help identify the trigger, so the treatment can be specific. ...Read more
Depends...: It depends on how long you have been coughing but in general possibilities include bronchospasm, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. Acute bronchitis can be the diagnosis if the cough is present for a few days to a week or 2. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease inflammation. Your doctor can help make diagnosis and w/smoking cessation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mgt: Your PCP will probably order a chest radiograph and TB skin test, along with pulmonary function testing to determine the underlying cause. I agree there are many possible causes. If the cough is wet or productive, this increases the likelihood of an infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have excessive mucus and a cough i can't get rid of. I've had it for over a year now and it never goes away. I'm constantly congested what is it?
Sounds like: You want pulmonary function testing asap. Ask your doc about a cxr also. ...Read more
Treatment...: Treatment of a persistent cough depends on the etiologies and, there may be several etiologies present, all of which need to be treated to resolve the cough. Possible etiologies of the cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. You may need testing to diagnose this cough. If you smoke, you need to quit asap! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Unfortunately post viral coughs can last for weeks. I've found the best thing is Chestal with honey. You can find it on Amazon if you don't have it there in the UK. A throat spray like chloraseptic works for short periods too. But, really, you just have to give it time - a lot of time. ...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