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Is it possible to put Vicks vapor rub on your feet to stop a cough?

Is it possible to put Vicks vapor rub on your feet to stop a cough?

Do not believe so: It seems people have been trying Vicks vapor rub for just about aeverything.....But there would be no logical reason I could think of why Vicks on your feet would help a cough at all.... ...Read more

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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3 year old is limping. There is no bruising/swelling on his foot/ankle. It hurts on the bottom. Also has 100.3 fever, cough and running nose. Related?

3 year old is limping. There is no bruising/swelling on his foot/ankle. It hurts on the bottom. Also has 100.3 fever, cough and running nose. Related?

Possibly related: It is possible that all the symptoms are related.
However, with no apparent injury, I would suggest having your child evaluated by his DR.

This may be secondary to a viral condition, but is concerning enough to warrant a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Baby has cold hands and feet, no temp, cough, cold runny nappies and sickness. What do we do?

Baby has cold hands and feet, no temp, cough, cold runny nappies and sickness. What do we do?

Infant Circulation: Dear mom, as long as your baby doesn't act sick, has normal activity, appetite and sleep then there is nothing to worry about. Infants normally have variable circulation to hands and feet which is the likely reason for your observation of cold hands and feet. Best regards, dr. Mease. ...Read more

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I have athletes foot and also a terrible dry cough with gagging. Could they be related? Can a foot fungus travel to the lungs if left untreated?

I have athletes foot and also a terrible dry cough with gagging. Could they be related? Can a foot fungus travel to the lungs if left untreated?

Unlikely: Theoretically possible, practically unlikely. The two are most likely unrelated. You should get your athlete foot treated ...Read more

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My mom age 50 has swelling and pain in both the foot for more than a month, her ESR is140, crp is 47, hb 8.3, cough for more than 2 months wt should we do?

My mom age 50 has swelling and pain in both the foot for more than a month, her ESR is140, crp is 47, hb 8.3, cough for more than 2 months wt should we do?

See doc: Not enough info to answer that responsibly. What did the doctor who ordered the blood tests say? If you both are not happy with the information supplied, time to see someone else, a pulmonologist or a rheumatologist are both possible choices of specialists who may be able to help. Good luck. Let us know what you find out. ...Read more

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Nausea. Mild cough. Ankles and feet a little swollen. Frequent headaches. Hot flashes. These symptoms have been off and on the last 2 weeks. Help..

Nausea. Mild cough. Ankles and feet a little swollen. Frequent headaches. Hot flashes. These symptoms have been off and on the last 2 weeks. Help..

Nausea: You may be having an infection. Also any chance you are pregnant or have you started taking hormones? Best check with your doctor as it has been two weeks you have been sick. ...Read more

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Slight cough upper right back pain for 6 weeks. 2 xrays and bloods taken. All clear. Slight tingle in hands and feet. Could xrays missed something?

Slight cough upper right back pain for 6 weeks. 2 xrays and bloods taken. All clear. Slight tingle in hands and feet. Could xrays missed something?

Unlikely: Ct and bronchoscopy are currently not useful, it seems. Cxr can miss a lot of stuff but at your age it is unlikely to be something very serious.

Discuss nasolaryngoscopy, bronch, ct and methacholine challenge pft with your doc. ...Read more

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Diagnsd walk pneumonia Z pac / 8 days steroid Still cough/SOB towards 2pm -work 40 hrs on feet Smoke a little Back TO DR?

Diagnsd walk pneumonia Z pac / 8 days steroid Still cough/SOB towards 2pm -work 40 hrs on feet Smoke a little Back TO DR?

Longer therapy: Community pneumonias sometimes take longer to clear and require prolonged therapy with antibiotics. You should see your doctor for further advice and examination. ...Read more

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Has fever for 2.5 days; taking paracetamol & cough medicine (hasn't seen a doc yet). It's 2:30 am &she is scratching her foot for past hour?

Has fever for 2.5 days; taking paracetamol & cough medicine (hasn't seen a doc yet). It's 2:30 am &she is scratching her foot for past hour?

You're scratching he: You are probably giving too low a dose of paracetamol. 10-15 mg/kg/dose every 4 hours. That is most common reason it does not work. I don't know why she is scratching. See her doc. ...Read more

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3yrold with a wet sounding cough on and off for a couple of weeks. He is now vomiting. Good spirits, no fever cool hands and feet. Be concerned?

3yrold with a wet sounding cough on and off for a couple of weeks. He is now vomiting. Good spirits, no fever cool hands and feet. Be concerned?

Coughing +vomiting: I'm afraid so. Please call her pediatrician and speak to the answering service and seek help at an urgent care clinic if needed. Children are so remarkable in that they are often quite ill before acting ill. How many adults would be in good spirits after vomiting and coughing for 2 weeks? If the vomiting continues and is not just post-coughing vomiting, ER. ...Read more

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Orange stool cough walking up at night gasping for air and my right foot is swelling?

Orange stool cough walking up at night gasping for air and my right foot is swelling?

See Dr. ASAP: Orange stools not worrisome (usually from eating foods with a lot of beta carotene, like carrots, yams, etc.), but coughing, gasping for air and foot swelling could be a sign of a very serious problem. If only one foot is swollen, first worry would be a DVT (blood clot in vein, which can travel to lungs). If swelling in both feet, first worry would be heart failure. Get checked out right away! ...Read more

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Sweaty palms & feet, nausea at times, difficulty breathing, coughing, congestion at times, no appetite, feeling not myself, dry cough for week.

Sweaty palms & feet, nausea at times, difficulty breathing, coughing, congestion at times, no appetite, feeling not myself, dry cough for week.

See your doctor.: What you are describing is a wide range of symptoms, which will require taking a good history, performing a physical exam, and perhaps some testing. This is too complex a set of symptoms to try to address online. See your doctor soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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High blood pressure, achy ribs when I move, pain in outer sides of feet, shoulder pain, violent cough and congestion only in the mornings. What is it?

High blood pressure, achy ribs when I move, pain in outer sides of feet, shoulder pain, violent cough and congestion only in the mornings. What is it?

Uncertain but option: There are many parts of this that need to be clarified. Gerd and pregnancy can cause your cough. Since you are pregnant you're up to Titian may be able to help clarify this. There are a variety of testing that can be done but you need a full medical evaluation. There are of course limitations because imaging with x-ray would not be the usual thing to do with pregnancy ...Read more

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My son has a 102.2 degree fever, is crying alot, His hands and feet are ice cold, Has occasional congestive cough and runny stool. What could be wrong?

My son has a 102.2 degree fever, is crying alot, His hands and feet are ice cold, Has occasional congestive cough and runny stool. What could be wrong?

Viral illness: Most viral illnesses go away in a few days. If he is otherwise looking good and is able to keep food down, give him some Tylenol (acetaminophen) liquid and keep him hydrated. Get him checked by his pediatrician if no improvement is seen in ~ 3 days. ...Read more

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I have red itchy bumps appearing all over on my arms, legs, abdomin, feet, and hair line and I've developed a cough and sniffle, what could it be?

I have red itchy bumps appearing all over on my arms, legs, abdomin, feet, and hair line and I've developed a cough and sniffle, what could it be?

Allergy: You are describing urticaria (bumps on your extremities). The cough and sniffle may also be on an allergic basis. The other possibility may be a viral infection. I strongly recommend you consult your primary care doctor and rule out an allergic reaction to possibly a food. ...Read more

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I have HIV negtive results after 4, 9 and 12 weeks. I have white toung make me thirsty? Dry cough and dry hand. Burning feet and hand when sleep.

I have HIV negtive results after 4, 9 and 12 weeks. I have white toung make me thirsty? Dry cough and dry hand. Burning feet and hand when sleep.

Not HIV: You are not HIV+ so that isn't it. Even if you did contract HIV today it could take years for your symptoms to develop. So all these unrelated symptoms are something else. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Sweating after doing small tasks, veins swell in hands and feet during activitiedaily living. Have phlegm cough feel unwell abt month. Now tooth broke?

Sweating after doing small tasks, veins swell in hands and feet during activitiedaily living. Have phlegm cough feel unwell abt month. Now tooth broke?

Exam needed: Abnormal sweating with rather mild activities can be seen with hyperthyroidism or other hormonal imbalances. Swelling of hands and feet raises the question of fluid retention which is often caused by certain hormonal actions. The cough, productive of phlegm, may or may not require a course of antibiotics. See your physician for diagnosis and treatment. Appropriate tests can be ordered. ...Read more

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14 month baby has cold hands and feet. Persistent cough, runny nose and sleeping a lot. No other symptoms.

14 month baby has cold hands and feet. Persistent cough, runny nose and sleeping a lot. No other symptoms.

Well: The cough may be caused by post-nasal drips and the reflux and thus you will need to address this issues with your doctor. At this age, i2 or more hours of sleep is usually needed but if the child is sleeping more than 16 hrs a day, you need to bring him to see a doctor. ...Read more

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He has red & white bumps on throat, hands & feet with pain, running low grade fever & a cough. What could this be? He's been sick 2x in past month.

He has red & white bumps on throat, hands & feet with pain, running low grade fever & a cough. What could this be? He's been sick 2x in past month.

Probably viral: There is a viral infection commonly given the name "hand-foot-mouth" disease caused by a virus first isolated in Coxsackie, NY which sounds like your description. It is benign. See your doc if your worried ...Read more

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I am 23 year old getting bitter cough neck pain acanthosis and pain in hand and foot. Stomach upset I have tested for HIV and vdrl both are negative?

I am 23 year old getting bitter cough neck pain acanthosis and pain in hand and foot. Stomach upset I have tested for HIV and vdrl both are negative?

Not HIV: You need to consult a gastroenterologist to find out the cause for your symptoms. I would certainly consider including a workup for gluten intolerance as well. ...Read more

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Drank coke last night and yogurt, now having hard cough whch scratch out dense mucus, swelled throat and muscle pain and foot r burning but no fever.

Drank coke last night and yogurt, now having hard cough whch scratch out dense mucus, swelled throat and muscle pain and foot r burning but no fever.

Cough: May be acid reflux from the coke and dairy that you had but might also be allergic. (not sure what the foot part is) You should check it out today ...Read more

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I am scheduled for foot surgery on 5/29 and am having seasonal allergies. No fever or cough, just runny nose and sinus pressure. Will they still do it?

I am scheduled for foot surgery on 5/29 and am having seasonal allergies. No fever or cough, just runny nose and sinus pressure. Will they still do it?

When surgery is: Elective my preference is to have the patient "optimized" for surgery. Hence, I would prefer to have your sinus issues and runny nose resolved prior to the surgery so that it would not interfere in anyway.
Having said that, it would be upto anesthesia if they wanted to proceed. ...Read more

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Elderly female with no feeling in legs, hands and feet, dizziness and shortness of breath, is there any diagnosis for this? Has had pain behind one ear, on going. Some swelling of the feet, better with elevation. Also has a cough that comes with blood and

Elderly female with no feeling in legs, hands and feet, dizziness and shortness of breath, is there any diagnosis for this? Has had pain behind one ear, on going. Some swelling of the feet, better with elevation. Also has a cough that comes with blood and

Your: Your constellation of symptoms are very concerning. You really need to see your physicain soon for a thorough evaluation and testing. Some of your symptoms are suggestive of heart failure. Please don't delay getting checked out, it could be dangerous. Best wishes. ...Read more