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Doctor insights on: Cough Drops That Numb Your Throat

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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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Is eating too many cough drops bad for my throat?

Is eating too many cough drops bad for my throat?

Maybe: Why are you eating "too many cough drops"? Most are full of sugar, not so bad for your throat but not good for your overall health. ...Read more

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Is it possible for cough drops to irritate your throat and cause tickling if overused?

Is it possible for cough drops to irritate your throat and cause tickling if overused?

Avoid menthol: Menthol which is in most drops, feels good and cool at first. But it is drying to the mucosa and will dry your irritated throat. So use glycerin instead. Or black currant. Or pectin containing drops. ...Read more

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My throat hurts and I've been using cough drops and honey and it's not helping. What can you do for me?

My throat hurts and I've been using cough drops and honey and it's not helping. What can you do for me?

Sore throat cause?: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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My throat hurts in the morning and at night. I take a cough drop and the pain goes away. I'm always good for the rest of the day. Why ?

My throat hurts in the morning and at night. I take a cough drop and the pain goes away. I'm always good for the rest of the day. Why ?

AM throat pain: Could be reflux. Consider raising head of bed ( pillow under mattress), try ranitidine and or prevecid, avoid lots of coffee, soda, alcohol ,spicy food and smoking. Alternatively could be allergies with post nasal drip, elevating head of bed helps and try zyrtec/ before bedtime ...Read more

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I swallowed a whole cough drop accidentally two hours ago and now it feels like its stuck at top of throat. Drank lots of water and ate.

I swallowed a whole cough drop accidentally two hours ago and now it feels like its stuck at top of throat. Drank lots of water and ate.

Stuck sensation: Swallowing a cough drop should not be an issue. It has smooth edges and unlikely to get stuck, and will dissolve as you make saliva throughout the day. Drink fluids, and you will be alright! ...Read more

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My throat has been scratchy for over a month and the only thing that helps are cough drops. Why? I drink plenty of water and i don't think i'm sick.

My throat has been scratchy for over a month and the only thing that helps are cough drops. Why? I drink plenty of water and i don't think i'm sick.

Could be: ...Post-viral, which can last weeks, or allergic. Should see your dr, as may benefit from steroid burst to shut down cough. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to suck on 1-2 cough drops every day to prevent sore throats?

Is it a good idea to suck on 1-2 cough drops every day to prevent sore throats?

Other idea: While sucking on cough drops is unlikely to be harmful and may help throat irritation, consider seeing a health care provider to assist in finding out why the sore throats are occurring. With that information, it may be possible to prevent the sore throats in the first place. ...Read more

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Whats good for a cough unable to bring it up but it rattles in throat. Tried musinex, delsym (dextromethorphan) cough drops?

Whats good for a cough unable to bring it up but it rattles in throat. Tried musinex, delsym (dextromethorphan) cough drops?

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR: You are 65 and have been coughing and tried different cough meds without relief.We do not have information to advice you.We do not know if you smoke or if you have any underlying disease or if you are taking any medicines etc. Some meds for BP called ace inhibiters can cause cough, it can be due to bronchitis, asthma, COPD or underlyng diasese in the lungs like pnumonia or cancer so get it checked. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my sister has asthma and also whenever i suck on a cough drop, my itchiness in the throat goes away, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my sister has asthma and also whenever i suck on a cough drop, my itchiness in the throat goes away, what do you suggest?

Cough: If you are worried about your asthma, see your doctor. Mention about your cough, sister's asthma ; your worry about asthma in your self. You may want to see a specialist - pulmonologist or an allergist. There are very good ; simple tests to rule out asthma. Most pulmonogists can offer those. Eg. Methacholine challenge test. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take cough drops everyday? I tend to get a cold easily, coming off anxiety meds comp. so it helps w my very dry throat. Tried biotene.

Is it bad to take cough drops everyday? I tend to get a cold easily, coming off anxiety meds comp. so it helps w my very dry throat. Tried biotene.

No.: Great ,that you are requiring less amount of Anxiety medicine. Cough drops are of many different kind. The one with Ginger and Lemon and Honey would be the best . But all cough drops stimulate saliva so it helps you. Make sure you brush your teeth before going to bed . Some times Drinking sips of water also helps ...Read more

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What can be done about a sore throat with out cough drops and medicine?

What can be done about a sore throat with out cough drops and medicine?

Sore throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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After your tonsils are taken can you use cough drops or cough spray for your throat?

After your tonsils are taken can you use cough drops or cough spray for your throat?

Ask surgeon: If your tonsils were taken out within the last week, i would ask your family doctor or the surgeon who did the surgery. Your home care instructions should list a number you can call. If it has been longer than a week and you are still having pain - you need to contact the doctor. If it has been longer than one month, you should be fine using the cough drops and spray. ...Read more

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I've been having this cough and am taking cough drops but now have sore throat, help?

I've been having this cough and am taking cough drops but now have sore throat, help?

Soothing: Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more