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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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M south indian. Hot salt water gargling for sore throat and buying a cough syrup for coughing without consulting doctor, anything wrong in doing that?

M south indian. Hot salt water gargling for sore throat and buying a cough syrup for coughing without consulting doctor, anything wrong in doing that?

No: No problem with that. What you want to avoid is taking antibiotics without seeing a doctor. Unfortunately, antibiotics are widely available in india without a prescription, and are often given to patients by pharmacists. Make sure your cough medicine does not contain an antibiotic.

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Salt water makes me gag and cough like I'm going to vomit?

Salt water makes me gag and cough like I'm going to vomit?

Me too: Are you wondering why? Not sure I'm clear on the question....you certainly can't drink sea water...way too concentrated. Seawater is about 220x saltier than fresh water. I'd say that had something to do with the gag response, wouldn't you?

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What are some home remedies for a bad cough/sore throat other than cough drops and salt water?

What are some home remedies for a bad cough/sore throat other than cough drops and salt water?

My favorite: My favorite is a classic "hot toddy." specifically I use a camomile tea with honey, lemon juice and either rum or whiskey (about half-a-shot). The choice of spirits is up to you. The point is to drink a warm liquid that will relax you and open up your airways. (adult only for alcohol, however, lemon, honey, and tea can be used alone for those abstaining or kids.).

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Is gargling with salt water good for coxsackie?

Is gargling with salt water good for coxsackie?

Maybe: It will help to keep your mouth and throat clean and potentially help with the pain. It also may help to draw some of the fluid from the vesicles. There is no proven benefit in any clinical trials, but it is unlikely to be harmful. Children less than 8 are likely to be unable to gargle. The combination is 1/2 tsp salt per 8 ounces of water. All the best.

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How much salt water am I supposed to gargle for a toothache?

How much salt water am I supposed to gargle for a toothache?

Salt water: Salt water is a good healing rinse for gum inflammation, post-surgery, and mouth sores. I would recommend 1 tablespoon in 1/2 cup of hot water then roll it in mouth for 30 seconds then spit. However salt water will not help a toothache unless it is caused by the gums.

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Do tonsilloliths always pop out, or do some just slowly shrink? I've been gargling with salt water and every morning they look a little smaller.

Do tonsilloliths always pop out, or do some just slowly shrink? I've been gargling with salt water and every morning they look a little smaller.

Mine pop out...: Usually after they get to a certain size of with a big sneeze. I haven't had then for a while, but mine never "shrunk." If it works for you, keep going with it.

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Does gargling with salt water help TMJ pain?

Does gargling with salt water help TMJ pain?

Tmj pain: Salt water gargling may help cleanse tonsils and throat tissues and thereby relieve tightness or pressure but if there is muscle imbalance and/or joint dysfunction, there would be no long term benefits. Consult with a dentist who understands function.

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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