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Son (7) had tonsillectomy on tuesday now low grade temp (~100 with tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 q4h) and wet mucusy cough. Is this ok? He's not drinking or "eating" much

Son (7) had tonsillectomy on tuesday now low grade temp (~100 with tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 q4h) and wet mucusy cough. Is this ok? He's not drinking or "eating" much

Encourage activity: A fever after surgery is frequently atelectasis, a wrinkle in the lung from not taking deep breaths. Get him up and around. Plain tylenol (acetaminophen) every 4 hours frequently works better at this age than tylenol (acetaminophen)# 3. Use Ibuprofen if your surgeon says it's ok. Push fluids 20 minutes after pain meds. Dehydration causes more problems than most anything else after tonsillectomy. Don't worry about not eating. ...Read more

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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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Can you have cough drops after a tonsillectomy?

Can you have cough drops after a tonsillectomy?

Yes: Cough drops are ok to use even after one has had a tonsillectomy. This is assuming that the surgery was not recent. If so, check with the surgeon first. ...Read more

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I have a really bad cough and a lot of phlegm ever since my tonsillectomy. What's wrong with me?

I have a really bad cough and a lot of phlegm ever since my tonsillectomy. What's wrong with me?

Depends: It depends on how long since the surgery. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and the endotracheal tube can lead to some irritation of the vocal cords and trachea. Also, there are some minor salivary glands associated with the palate, and the loss of lubrication can be an issue. Finally the palatal shape and function may change after the surgery aggravating a post nasal drip. ...Read more

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Just had a hacking cough after choking on water. I had tonsillectomy 4 days ago. Will this increase bleeding risk?

Just had a hacking cough after choking on water. I had tonsillectomy 4 days ago. Will this increase bleeding risk?

Stop Coughing: Coughing after tonsillectomy can cause serious bleeding. Choking on water suggests extreme swelling in the throat. See a doctor about this ASAP as this could be quite serious. ...Read more

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This is now the 7th day after my adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy and I coughed up a cough black scab twice is that normal?

This is now the 7th day after my adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy and I coughed up a cough black scab twice is that normal?

Could be: You may be coughing up old blood clots accumulated after surgery, make appointment with your surgeon for post O P visit. N ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a cough 2 weeks post op tonsillectomy and also ringing in ears w/ dizziness?

Is it normal to have a cough 2 weeks post op tonsillectomy and also ringing in ears w/ dizziness?

I don't think it is: Normal, although your symptoms sound like a cold. You need to contact your surgeon for specific advice. ...Read more

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Daughter had tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy days ago, has had constant barking cough since then and cough gets worse at night. She's taking cefdinir & hydroco/apap already. Can we give her something for this cough? Don't want to overmedicate her.

Daughter had tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy days ago, has had constant barking cough since then and cough gets worse at night. She's taking cefdinir & hydroco/apap already. Can we give her something for this cough? Don't want to overmedicate her.

No cough med: That bark cough is not from the lungs but from airway irritation and swelling right below the vocal cords in her trachea. Likely irritated from breathing tube she had in during the surgery. COUGH MEDS WON'T HELP! Do excessive amounts of humidity...take her in shower, run humidifier, boil water on your stove, go to a tropical rain forrest. Anything to increase humidity in the air she's breathing ...Read more

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How do I treat a wet cough after a viral infection.

How do I treat a wet cough after a viral infection.

Time and rest: You have a upper viral infection causing a wet cough. You body is responding to the infection by producing mucus. Rest and time are still the best medicine. Make sure you don't have a secondary bacterial infection on top of the viral infection. Fevers should be gone and energy level normal. Make sure not allergies. ...Read more

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I'd like to know how to treat a wet cough after a viral infection.

I'd like to know how to treat a wet cough after a viral infection.

Difficult: These annoying coughs occur when the lining of the throat is renewing itself. They are especially prevalent if you had laryngitis. Use of cough drops and cough syrup can help. Sometimes the use of antihistamines liike chlortrimetron can help. For immediate short acting stopping of the cough, cut a thin slice of fresh ginger, coat it with honey and then chew on it - gives remarkable relief. ...Read more

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When I have a wet cough my and back iches?

When I have a wet cough my and back iches?

Cough: Cough can be indicative of many things. Respiratory tract infection such as bronchitis or pneumonia, allergies, etc. See your doctor! ...Read more

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How to get rid of wet cough?

How to get rid of wet cough?

Depends on cause: The key to getting rid of the cough is to figure out what is the cause of the cough. This detective work starts with taking a good history to help decide if it is infectious, asthma, reflux or chronic post nasal drip or a combination of these. If it has been a problem for more than 7-10 days it is time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a wet cough?

How to get rid of a wet cough?

Virus vs allergy/PND: Your symptoms are most likely from a virus which can cause coughing especially in night time cool air. If this is a chronic condition it can sometimes be due to allergies or postnasal drip but less common.
Drink plenty of fluids, try zinc lozenges at outset of discomfort in throat/virus starting. Get plenty of rest. See MD if fever develops or severe sore throat. ...Read more

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What medication can I use for a wet cough while pregnant?

See your doctor: Assuming "wet" means you produce sputum (phlegm) when you cough, this is something to discuss with your doctor. Whether it needs treatment at all, and with what medications, depends on the likely causes and is influenced by other things, e.g. color of sputum, fever, etc. If you are a smoker, try to stop. In any case, contact your obstetrician for her advice. ...Read more

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Son 5.5 yrs has wet cough with mild congestion and no other symptoms. He is eating and drinking.

Son 5.5 yrs has wet cough with mild congestion and no other symptoms. He is eating and drinking.

Watchful waiting: A five year old with a cough and congestion for a few days can be watched at home and treated with fluids, humidifier and perhaps an OTC cough product (although they probably are not very effective). Your child should be seen by a doctor if there is wheezing, short of breath, fever, unable to drink fluids, or just "looks real sick" to you, especially if it lingers. ...Read more

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I have had a cold for 12 days and for 5 days, a bad wet cough. It's horiffic at night. Should it get better on it's own?

I have had a cold for 12 days and for 5 days, a bad wet cough. It's horiffic at night. Should it get better on it's own?

Cough: Nearly 2 weeks and followed by one week of cofugh indicate that drainage is getting in to your lungs It would be better if your chest is examined by a doctor ...Read more

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12 days after my tonsillectomy and I can't stop coughing. I think I have bronchitis. Will this cause bleeding or complications?

12 days after my tonsillectomy and I can't stop coughing. I think I have bronchitis. Will this cause bleeding or complications?

DeepThroatInTrouble: It's possible that any explosive action could loosen some blood vessels in the area where the tonsils used to be. At twelve days it's much less likely than at, say, 3 or 4 days, but still possible. Take a good look and make sure it hasn't been oozing. That may be the cause of the cough. In your situation, though, you need a good cough medicine to ease your miserable rehab. Maybe an antibiotic. ...Read more

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My nephew 5yrs old child f weight 24kgs sufferin from wet cough. I gav her syp rexcof 4ml bd which contains codine phosph 10mg n cpm 4mg. Is t ok?

My nephew 5yrs old child f weight 24kgs sufferin from wet cough. I gav her syp rexcof 4ml bd which contains codine phosph 10mg n cpm 4mg. Is t ok?

No: We have gotten away from giving cough medicine to children because they don't work codiene has too many side effects that may affect a 5 year olds breathing, dry out his secretions making it more difficult to expectorate, constipate him and make him dizzy among other things. ...Read more

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My son has had this nasty cough very wet cough an I've been giving him medicine but it doesn't seem to be working what could they do at the doctors?

My son has had this nasty cough very wet cough an I've been giving him medicine but it doesn't seem to be working what could they do at the doctors?

COUGH: Your 4 year old needs to be seen and be evaluated by his pediatrician. At this age, too much otc medications are not good without knowing the cause. The common causes are: brinchitis/bronchiolitis (mainly viral), asthma, cold, allergy...Or something else. Make sure he is up to date with all his immunizations including seasonal flu vaccine. Call his pediatrician's office today. ...Read more

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Hi! I started yesterday with a deep wet cough, no other symptoms. Not a smoker, never had bronchitis-- but never had such a deep cough like this befor?

Time to see your MD: If you are experiencing symptom for the first time, however it may very well be mild viral respiratory infection as it seems that you are otherwise fine, but better be checked out. Meanwhile, drink more fluids, OTC wet cough medicines would help, especially those with guafenisen, follow instructions written, best wishes ...Read more

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How to heal my wet cough?

How to heal my wet cough?

Cough: Depends on reasons for cough - allergy, infection, smokers cough., med related? Check with ur doctor as X-ray chest is recommended also. ...Read more

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I have a wet cough, what to do?

I have a wet cough, what to do?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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