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Is it ok to use plain saline in a nebulizer to help my 4 year-old with nighttime coughing. She doesn't have coughs during day only when lying down. ?

Is it ok to use plain saline in a nebulizer to help my 4 year-old with nighttime coughing. She doesn't have coughs during day only when lying down. ?

Yes..ok to use: Basically the same as using saline drops into the nose, only it is in vapor form. You can also just put some clean tap water..An alternative is get an ultrasonic humidifier which can run for many hours instead of just few minutes with nebulizer. If coughing is persistent, have her evaluated for possible nocturnal asthma etc... Good luck. ...Read more

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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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I have common cold, cough is more serious when lying down for some minutes. Worse symptoms in the evening hours. Why?

I have common cold, cough is  more serious when lying down for some minutes. Worse symptoms in the evening hours. Why?

Postnasal drip: Likely post nasal drip contributing to worsening of symptoms when lying flat. Try to use a saline nasal wash/spray in the evening and or Claritin/ Zyrtec for few days- available over the counter. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over the counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Once
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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I have a persistant cough that only comes on when I am lying down. I have tried cough syrup, and mucus pills but nothing seems to help

Typically : Typically a cough that occurs from laying down is either from acid in the stomach that refluxes back up into the esophagus and throat causing cough, or from mucous that is a result of allergies that drips from the nose down into the throat while supine, triggering a cough. My advice is to try an anti-acid medication like prilosec, ranitidine, or pepcid, and also take a daily anti-histamine like alavert or claritin. Lastly, it is a good idea to follow up with your doctor for this issue. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I am 54y old. when lying down or leaning forward I have globus sensation and need to cough up. I use Nasonex, and medications for LPreflux didn't help?

I am 54y old. when lying down or leaning forward I have globus sensation and need to cough up. I use Nasonex, and medications for LPreflux didn't help?

Perhaps see ENT/GI: If treatments for postnasal drip and gastroesophageal reflux did not help, it may be time to see either an otolaryngologist (ear-nose-throat physician) or a gastroenterologist to have a look with a fiberoptic camera and see what is going on. Which you should see depends on your symptoms; a primary care physician or HealthTap Prime or Concierge physician should be able to guide you. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Take an expectorant
2x day
Use ginger and turmeric to help with cough and inflammation
2x day
If not better in 3 days, consult doctor to possibly get an antibiotic
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Dry cough while lying down pain under lower left rib with deep breaths. Somewhat short of breath.

Dry cough while lying down pain under lower left rib with deep breaths.  Somewhat short of breath.

See your doctor : I am concerned that you might have something as serious as a pneumonia or even other conditions. Please get checked out! ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
Once
Take over-the-counter antitussive medicine (such as Robitussin)
Once
If short of breath, chest pain, fever, or worsened cough, call Dr.
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