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Does Anyone Know How To Get Rid Of A Croupy Cough
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
Diagnose first...: If this is an acute cough, it is probably due to acute bronchitis caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. A viral infection will run its course but a bacterial infection may require antibiotic therapy. Your doctor can diagnose and treat this. If the cough is chronic, etiologies include bronchospasm from any cause including chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, gerd, post-nasal drip. See doc. ...Read more
Several OTC's work: There are multiple products over the counter that are available. Be sure to follow the directions as overuse can create some problems by themselves. Topical products probably are better then ones that you take orally. ...Read more
Cough: The "natural" course of most coughs caused by colds or viruses is gradual improvement unless a bacterial infection complicates the illness needing antibiotics. You can try fluids, breathing steam and numerous other home remedies. If it continues see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Potential allergen: A wheezing or a tight cough is an indication of bronchoconstriction. This could be from an allergen, or from underlying asthma. These symptoms should be brought to the attention of your doctor. You can also be tuned to potential allergens, animal dander, hay, cleaning products, etc. ...Read more
Diagnosis...: In order to treat a chronic cough, it is necessary to identify the etiology of the cough. Various possibilities include bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, etc. And these possibilities all have different treatments. So, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If you smoke, smoking cessation is needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Slippery slope: Saline rinses (neilmed sinus rinse for example) are safe, non-medicated way to help. Nasal steroids (prescription) work if you use them regularly, but are more for allergies rather that a cold. Afrin, works fast in a pinch, but be careful this is "addictive". If you use it for more than a few days in a row, the stuffy nose will come back with a vengeance. Good for before a flight or big date. ...Read more
Avoid: Avoid cause - trial of antihistamines would help. See your doctor. ...Read more
Whooping cough: If you're actively infected, see your fp for antibiotic treatment. It is now recommended that adults get a pertussis (whooping cough) booster to prevent spreading the disease to children who may not yet be immunized or haven't completed their series of immunizations for this disease. ...Read more
Cold sore tx.: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more
Control possible: While there is no cure, to lessen symptoms of hay fever, (seasonal allergies), antihistamines such as Claritin, Allegra or Zyrtec can help. Most effective medication is steroid nasal sprays of which Nasacort (triamcinolone) Allergy is now available without a prescription. If still having symptoms, visit a board certified allergist and get a comprehensive plan that may include allergy injections. ...Read more
Diagnosis: Not all ear aches arise from the middle or external ears. Tmd (jaw muscle spasm) is a notorious cause of pain at the side of the face. The real question you should be asking is not how to get rid of the earache but what is causing the ear ache? See an ear specialist and then your question, hopefully, will be answered. ...Read more
Identify trigger: While there are cough suppressants like delsym, the most helpful would be to identify the cause of the cough. Depending on the cause, there could be specific treatment. Causes of chronic cough are asthma, post nasal drip from sinus problems, allergies and acid reflux. An allergist is specifically trained to identify and treat cough. ...Read more
Depends...: It depends on the etiology of the dry persistent cough. If it is due to bronchospasm, a bronchodilator inhaler may be needed. If it is due to post-nasal drip, a nasal spray may be needed. If gerd is the culprit, meds to treat gerd may be needed, etc. A dry persistent cough may be due to several factors and all culprits need to be addressed for the cough to resolve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are many...: ...Kinds of eczema, and treatment often varies by type. It usually involves mild corticosteroid creams (children are more sensitive to steroids than adults), medicated baths, and various skin emolliating techniques. A dermatologist will make a precise diagnosis and tailor a treatment plan to your child's specific situation. ...Read more
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