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Does Mucinex Dry You Out
A general question- is it ok to take cough suppressant medicine when you have mucus comng out when coughing.i.e you will be leaving mucus inside chest?
It depends: You do want to expectorate mucous especially if it is copious and there is any difficulty clearing it but sometimes the cough is so frequent and debilitating that the balance tips in favor of suppressing it. Mucous perceived to be from the can actually be in the throat which is often the case. ...Read more
What happens if I'm coughing up mucus do I need antibiotics, or do I just need mucinex (guaifenesin)?
Most definitely!: At this point, you are so desperate to breathe. You may have to see your doctor so he may prescribe you allergy meds or nose sprays to make your life better and be more productive at work. ...Read more
You could try +: Stuffy nose could a viral infection referred to as a 'cold', an allergic reaction caused by something inhaled from the environment, a bacterial nasal infection called 'purulent rhinitis'. General measures include hot shower water or hot compresses over the nasal/sinus area, saline nasal spray, a mild decongestant. Antibiotic or antihistamine may be appropriate. If persistent nagging prob, c doc. ...Read more
How do you prevent vomit going out the nose? It's unpleasant and don't want it again. If it does occur, how do you clean your nose?
Difficult: to,explain. Irrigate your nose with a little water afterwards ...Read more
Does a syringe bulb/snot sucker work. 6mo is congested and after using saline the sucker doesn't get much out. I see more coming out sneezing /diaper?
Saline/Humidifier: Babies tend to swallow their nasal drainage and post nasal drip can cause a cough. Babies at this age breathe through their noses, so it is important to try to thin the secretions. A humidifier and gentle wiping or suction bulb use with saline drops can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it better to blow dry or air dry your hair? I wanna blow dry it but people say it's damaging to the hair.
OK in moderation: Reasonable blow-drying--not too hot, not too often--should not damage your hair. The odds of damage go up if you use bleach, straightener, or other strong products. Lots of sun, curling irons, straightening irons, etc. Can cause damage too. If you've just had a baby, you are likely to lose some hair no matter how careful you are, but it will grow back. ...Read more
Which nose spray?: Some over the counter nasal sprays if used consistently will cause rebound nasal congestion. These include afrin, phenylephrine or any similar medication. Nasal saline and prescription nose sprays should not do this. I usually recommend only using over the counter medicated sprays like afrin for a maximum of 3 or 4 days. ...Read more
Not directly....: The most common cause of coughing blood is bronchitis, usually caused by an infection of the airways. People with bronchitis are typically coughing a lot but it is the bronchitis causing the person to cough blood. Malignancy can also lead to coughing blood, though, so this must always be worked up by a doctor to be certain it is a benign process. ...Read more
Can you cause problems if you use a saline nasal spray too much? Using it on a 16mth old with chesty cough trying to clear phlegm
Maybe: I can't say I have ever seen it happen. Most parents do not do it as often as the kid needs or as vigorously as they need. Since a small kid needs the mucous debris removed to effectively use their nose, it is one of the few treatments that can make a real difference.Cold meds often thicken mucous producing a negative effect. ...Read more
Yes but: Why ? Are you going to put it back and how will you tell if it is healed to a point where you no longer need the packing? Please see your dentist. ...Read more
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