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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.
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?See 1 more doctor answer
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.).See 2 more doctor answers
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.
Grandma told them to: Feels better!Get a more detailed answer ›
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.See 3 more doctor answers
No.: Should not be a concern, other than he/she might get an upset stomach.
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.
No: If he drank it in small amounts, it shouldn't be a problem.See 1 more doctor answer
Wgat real benefits does gargling salt water have? Is it good to eat garlic fresh without cooking?
Antiinflammatory: Effect, so good for sore throat. And garlic is excellent for you raw. Goo luck with the breath thing...
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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