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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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One year old female with cold/cough, stuffy nose. What can I give her?

One year old female with cold/cough, stuffy nose. What can I give her?

Lots pf TLC: It is not recommended to give cold and cough medications to a child this age, the potential side effects outweigh any benefit. You can try elevating the bed so child can clear secretions better, you can run humidifier, bulb suction the nose if there are a lot of secretions. Have child drink lots of clear fluids. ...Read more

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One year old female with cold/cough, stuffy nose. What can be done or given?

One year old female with cold/cough, stuffy nose. What can be done or given?

Cold: There are no medications for cold at this age. Run a humdifier, suction the nose and make sure she is drinking well. ...Read more

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I have a severe cough, stuffy nose, achy body and a headache that comes and goes. This started about 6 days ago. There are no signs of improvement. ?

I have a severe cough, stuffy nose, achy body and a headache that comes and goes. This started about 6 days ago. There are no signs of improvement. ?

Viral: it will take another few more days to recover .. If no fever then most likely not influenza .. Even if tested positive for influenza now it's more than 48hrs from beginning of your symptoms and Tamiflu (oseltamivir) might have no effect as a treatment now ...Read more

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What to do if I do not think it's that big so I didnt think I should use medicine, so any cures for cough, stuffy nose and sneezing?

What to do if I do not think it's that big so I didnt think I should use medicine, so any cures for cough, stuffy nose and sneezing?

Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more

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My daughter age 5 has these symptoms Cough, stuffy nose and vomiting?

My daughter age 5 has these symptoms Cough, stuffy nose and vomiting?

Viral syndrome: Your child likely has a viral infection which may develop a secondary bacterial sinusitis or bronchitis. Keep her warm and well hydrated. May use OTC flu symptom relief; however, I would recommend consulting her pediatrician for a definitive evaluation and treatment, especially if symptoms do not improve significantly in 24 hours. ...Read more

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Sudden cough stuffy nose wheezing when breathing and headache from coughing could I be coming down with a cold?

Sudden cough stuffy nose wheezing when breathing and headache from coughing could I be coming down with a cold?

You may: As described, you appear to be developing an infection that is affecting your lungs too with probable congestion and resultant wheezing. See the Doctor to get evaluated and treated, and to determine if it is viral or bacterial, for which the latter would require antibiotics. Best wishes. ...Read more

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7 days since i smoked weed which that was my second time in my whole life the right side of my chest has been feeling tight no cough, stuffy nose?

7 days since i smoked weed which that was my second time in my whole life the right side of my chest has been feeling tight no cough, stuffy nose?

Get checked out: The problem with smoking weed is that the weed sometimes comes mixed with other substances. Since your symptoms came after smoking weed, (if you did not grow it yourself), play safe by seing your medical provider. Good luck. ...Read more

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Im sick and I feel like I have multiple colds at once! I have a wet cough, dry cough, stuffy nose, running nose, headache and etc. What's going on?

Im sick and I feel like I have multiple colds at once! I have a wet cough, dry cough, stuffy nose, running nose, headache and etc. What's going on?

Cold: This may be due to allergies, common cols, sinus infection or bronchitis. I would see your doctor for further evaluation to get the actual diagnosis. You might have an infection that would require antibiotics. ...Read more

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My mom is having cold sweats cough stuffy nose back pains headaches and fatigue she gets hot flashes and has periodical cold flashed she just turned40?

My mom is having cold sweats cough stuffy nose back pains headaches and fatigue she gets hot flashes and has periodical cold flashed she just turned40?

Seems an infection: It's not clear what is a hot flash and a cold one. Is it like chills and fever? Needs to check the temperature and if there is fever needs to be seen and t reated. ...Read more

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I have a real bad cough, stuffy nose. I been like this for a week now. I have whezzing, sometimes have a little pain in my chest, get headaches, . When i blow my nose yellow stuff comes out. Sometimes blood comes out of my nose. My coughing is worse.

I have a real bad cough, stuffy nose. I been like this for a week now. I have whezzing, sometimes have a little pain in my chest, get headaches, . When i blow my nose yellow stuff comes out. Sometimes blood comes out of my nose. My coughing is worse.

If : If you are wheezing and have chest pain you could be dealing with asthma, bronchitis, or other respiratory illness. You definitely need to see your doctor for an evaluation and treatment. You may require antibiotics and/or medications(i.E inhaler) to help relieve your wheezing. Please seek care right away. ...Read more

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Can I have meningitis? I'm scared. My neck is stiff, I have a fever, cough, stuffy nose, my ears hurt like they are about to explode

Can I have meningitis? I'm scared. My neck is stiff, I have a fever, cough, stuffy nose, my ears hurt like they are about to explode

See PCP: You have an upper respiratory tract infection, but fever, headache and stiff neck requires immediate attention by the physician to rule out meningitis, I would advice to see your doctor as soon as possible. Other conditions can cause stiff neck too that need to be check by MD. ...Read more

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Wet cough, stuffy nose for 2 months (thick green/white phlegm). Don't smoke, no fever, no allergie, blood test ok, xray ok, no sinus inf.

Wet cough, stuffy nose for 2 months (thick green/white phlegm). Don't smoke, no fever, no allergie, blood test ok, xray ok, no sinus inf.

See a doctor: It sounds like you have seen doctors. How you can be sure you do not have an allergy is beyond me. Suggest that you try nasal saline rinses twice a day with a neti-pot (see your pharmacist), and perhaps combine that with a nasal steroid spray. If you are a smoker or around second hand smoke, stop. The material you bring up needs to be examined, and you need a face to face with a caring doctor. ...Read more

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What can i take for sore throat cough stuffy nose?

What can i take for sore throat cough stuffy nose?

My favorites: When I have those symptoms I take ibuprofen and dayquil / nyquil (generic is OK). ...Read more

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I have severe sore throat, cough, stuffy nose. How to treat/ease throat pain?

I have severe sore throat, cough, stuffy nose. How to treat/ease throat pain?

Options: Rest, hydrate well with water & stay far, far away from cigarette smoke. You can keep mucosa moist with a humidifier. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Slippery elm bark lozenges are another option. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Consider use of tylenol (acetaminophen) or non-steroidal anti-inflammories. See below. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the best medicine for sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, and relief for mucus?

Help please? What is the best medicine for sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, and relief for mucus?

Cold or flu: If less than 48 hours, and there truly is fever (temp > 100.3) then get to a doctor to get tested/examined to determine whether or not flu is present. If not, then you have a cold. I'm a big fan of the dayquil(for daytime, duh)/nyquil (for nightime)combination. Mucinex (guaifenesin) d can help with the mucous, plain Mucinex (guaifenesin) if ur hypertensive (high blood pressure) if worsening, you need to be seen. ...Read more

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