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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. ...Read more

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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? ...Read more

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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.). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Do I need to worry if a child drinks a salt water gargle?

No: If he drank it in small amounts, it shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Will gargling with salt water irritate acid reflux?

Will gargling with salt water irritate acid reflux?

No, it could help.: Gargling with salt water shouldn't aggravate acid reflux. It could actually help by alleviating some of the inflammation in the the back of the throat and mouth that is brought on when acid travels up from the stomach. Happy gargling! Cheers! ...Read more

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I have phyringints which come and go. I also have GERD and using nexpro-l from one week. I also gargle with salt water from past 4 days. Please help?

I have phyringints which come and go. I also have GERD and using nexpro-l from one week. I also gargle with salt water from past 4 days. Please help?

From Acid Reflux?: Your recurrent pharyngitis may be from gastro esophageal acid reflx. Consult your doctor as acid suppressing therapy with Omeprazole or Nexium (esomeprazole) may help your pharyngitis and gerd.You may need acid suppression for longer than one week to get significant result. ...Read more

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Is it true that gargling with salt water helps with tonsil stones?

Is it true that gargling with salt water helps with tonsil stones?

Yes: Tonsil "stones" are concretions of microscopic food particles, sloughing mucosa cells from the lining of the oral cavity, and bacteria (usually in the form of "biofilm"). Anything that causes them to be dislodged will help keep those pits in the tonsil clear. I have even known some patients who use a "water pik" to keep their tonsils clear of stones. ...Read more

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Does gargling salt water really help get rid of bad breath? IF so, how often should I do it?

Does gargling salt water really help get rid of bad breath? IF so, how often should I do it?

No, see a dentist: In the majority of cases, the cause of bad breath, or halitosis, is the product of bacteria in the mouth and gum disease. The proper diagnosis is the key to a successful treatment. See your dentist for Halimeter test, diagnosis and bad breath treatment that depends on its cause. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could gargling salt water help the lumps on the roof of my mouth?

Could gargling salt water help the lumps on the roof of my mouth?

Probably not: Have the area in question evaluated by a professional in your area. ...Read more

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Sore throte and hurts to swollow and drink or eat anything I have tried salt water gargling and it didn't work

Sore throte and hurts to swollow and drink or eat anything I have tried salt water gargling and it didn't work

Strep throat??: If your symptoms include a mild fever, it is quite likely that you have strep throat or some other infection of the throat and/or upper respiratory system. You should see your doctor for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have my tonsil stone removed but still bad breath persist, what's the best thing for gargling beside salt water?

I have my tonsil stone removed but still bad breath persist, what's the best thing for gargling beside salt water?

See your dentist: You may want to schedule an appointment with your dentist and have your teeth cleaned. This is the most common reason for bad breath. ...Read more

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Help I have what apears to be tonsils stones but im not a big fan of surgery the qtip trick hurts what should I do, I also gargle salt water daily now?

Help I have what apears to be tonsils stones but im not a big fan of surgery the qtip trick hurts what should I do, I also gargle salt water daily now?

Tonsiliths: There are a few simple things you can do. Salt water gargle will help to prevent them. You can use a Water-Pic which can be very helpful to irrigate them out. You can use a plastic ear curette (designed for removing wax from ear) which is less uncomfortable than cotton swab. I would try to avoid surgery unless they frequently get infected. ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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