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Gargle Salt Water For Cough
I'm on day three of a sore throat. Hurts to swallow and even hurts to yawn. I've tried warm drinks, cold drinks, gargling salt water, cough drops, etc.
Sore Throat: See your doctor for a culture and possible antibiotics. You should also make sure you are not forming an abcess. ...Read more
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
Had laryngitis w/low fever have intermittent coughing attacks, even with cough medicine (benzonatate). Been gargling w/salt water etc. Next step?
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?
Reoccurring ruptured ear drum in an adult, how common? 1 month ago, woke up with a tickly throat. And dry cough. Day 3 woke up middle of the night w/ a horrible throat pain. I gargled with salt water, went to bed, woke up, pain in throat gone! Ear hurts li
I have a cough that's gotten worse even after rinsing with salt water, cough drops, and getting it checked out. What should I do now?
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
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
Throat pain when I swallow or yawn. Coughing alot. Swallowing is fine when I stick my fingers in both ears. Gargling salt water makes it worse. Dayqui?
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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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
No: If he drank it in small amounts, it shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more
If I am making a salt water gargle for a child who sometimes drinks the gargle. How much salt is safe to use?
Not needed: I would advise against it since it has little or no bearing on health and he might become addicted to salt as a taste. ...Read more
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
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
I have tonsillitis and I have tried ice packs, gargling salt water, nothing I seem to do will make the pain go away. Is there something else I can try?
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
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
I gargled with Salt water and a little bit of it accidentally went down the wrong pipe and could be in my lungs. Can I dry drown? I'm panicking now..
Drowning: Nope. You can't drown. You will be OK ...Read more
Probably not: Have the area in question evaluated by a professional in your area. ...Read more
Sore throte and hurts to swollow and drink or eat anything I have tried salt water gargling and it didn't work
I have my tonsil stone removed but still bad breath persist, what's the best thing for gargling beside salt water?
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
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