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What is the best way to treat my 2.5 yr old sons cough and fever? It's a very dry racking cough, almost looks like he'd vomit, and 101.5 fever.

What is the best way to treat my 2.5 yr old sons cough and fever? It's a very dry racking cough, almost looks like he'd vomit, and 101.5 fever.

Fluids, humidiity: There are not any good/effective cough medicines that are helpful in this age group. Increasing fluid intake will help, as will using a humidifier. Sometimes a spoonful of honey will help settle the cough. If the cough persists, i encourage you to see your pediatrician to make sure there is no indication of pneumonia (esp. Since he's had fever) or any bronchospasm/wheezing needing different meds. ...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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What causes a dry persistent non productive nighttime cough?

What causes a dry persistent non productive nighttime cough?

Cough: Hello, a cough is a reflex event that occurs after stimulation to the nerves of the airways. A specific night time cough could be due to a few possibilities . First would be a cough variant of asthma. Instead of the wheezing that commonly occurs with asthma, a person coughs instead. My other thought could be from a reflux condition that while you sleep, a small amount of gastric liquid reflexes up. ...Read more

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I get coughs occasionaly . Its dry and cough a lot?

I get coughs occasionaly . Its dry and cough a lot?

Need more details: There is a large list of things that can cause cough- asthma, reflux, allergy, sinus infection, nerve irritation, among others. A dry cough is less likely to be caused by infection than a cough that is productive. Try saine sinus rinse, guaifenesin, throat lozenges, antihistamines (e g loratadine), and otc "cough syrups." if it lasts longer than a couple of weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dry annoying cough dis 4 days, any advice would be great, thanks (:?

Dry annoying cough dis 4 days, any advice would be great, thanks (:?

Airway sensitivity: Airway hyperreactivity/asthma is an oversensitivity of the bronchial tubes to particulate matter resulting in persistent cough. Besides smoking as a cause of cough, post nasal drip, gostro-esophageal refulx , upper airway irritation, inhalation of particulates contribute. Breathing test, chest xray, evaluation of gerd and upper airway/sinuses can be arranged by your doctor. Treatment with inhalers. ...Read more

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What's the best thing to take for a dry cough?

What's the best thing to take for a dry cough?

Depends on cause: A dry cough could be a symptom of a variety of different problems including sinusitis, allergies, esophageal reflux, side effect to medications like ace-inhibitors (a class of blood pressure medicine), inhalation of irritants, or congestive heart failure, and many other problems. Best to see your doctor to find and treat the underlying cause of the cough. ...Read more

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What should I take for a dry cough thst on?

What should I take for a dry cough thst on?

Dry cough: It is always better to determine the cause of a symptom rather than simple treating the symptom itself. Seek a doctors advise and undergo an examination for any cough lasting more than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long after bronchitis does the cough last ? It's dry and annoying and constant and nothing helps

How long after bronchitis does the cough last ? It's dry and annoying and constant and nothing helps

Bronchiolitis: Sometimes after Bronchitis, there is a residual irritation of the airways called Bronchiolitis. It is important to see your doctor as they can do a quick and easy test called a Peak Flow Meter which will rule out Asthma that can sometimes happen after Bronchitis as well. Moreover your doctor maybe able to prescribe something to make you feel better. ...Read more

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I've had a dry hacking cough for 3 days any suggestions?

I've had a dry hacking cough for 3 days any suggestions?

Buckwheat honey: Yes, believe it or not, a study suggests buckwheat honey works as well, or better than otc cough medicines. But if your illness worsens, or cough lasts over 2 weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What can be the actual cause behind my persistent dry cough?

Many things: There are many things that can cause a persistent dry cough some of which are serious problems. Smoking can lead to a persistent cough so if you are smoking please stop now. Allergies, dry air, infections, medications and heart problems are just some of the things that can cause this. You should have this evaluated by a health care professional. ...Read more

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How do you cure dry cough?

How do you cure dry cough?

Depends on cause: Treating a dry cough depends on the cause, all the while remembering that cough is a symptom not a disease. Dry cough can occur due to allergies, exposure to dust, fumes and chemicals, asthma, bronchospasm, viral URI and medications such as ace inhibitors. Avoid the irritant, treat the asthma and bronchospasm, switch the offending medicine and use antihistamines for allergy control. ...Read more

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