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Herbal Treatment For Severe Cough From Respiratory Infection
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
Could prescribed meds w steroids for persistent cough from bronchitis and walking pneumonia cause dysfunction of parathyroid or hyperparathyroidism?
Hyperparathyroidism: Primary hyperparathyroidism results from overproduction of parathormone. There is oversecretion of PTH due to adenoma, hyperplasia or, rarely, carcinoma of the parathyroid glands. Secondary disease is seldom if ever due to corticosteroids. The answer is basically no. ...Read more
See doctor: Since there are many causes for a chronic cough (lasting more than 3 monrh? ) one needs to establish the cause before treating it. Antibiotic does not help a viral infection and its overuse has created MRSA. If you have a persistent fever, you may need to get a bronchoscopy. Since most chronic coughs are caused by more than a single factor, I suggest that you consult an allergist or pulmonologi ...Read more
How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.
Usually easy: Normal w/ viral uri's to have a temp up to 72 hrs. If u have sore throat it's very unlikely to be strep when u also have cough/congestion (not always the case with kids). Flu is peaking now (in us) classic symptoms are high temp congestion, body aches, +\-sore throat or cough. If u r feeling unusually ill or measured temp exceeds 3 days u should be seen (sooner if u have chronic health cond. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does pulmonologist or primary care prescribe antibiotics for cold, bronchitis, cough, sore throatss, some sinus and ear infection, stomach flu?
Practice guidelines: Physicians are licensed to prescribe appropriate treatment for conditions which they have been trained to recognize and then encounter during a visit. Some will avoid dealing with issues for which they are not currently up to date. A primary care doc is trained in a broad range of conditions while a specialist focuses on fewer areas. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If the prednisone is being administered by your doctor and he is monitoring the dosage and response than the prednisone may be helpful for inflammation. But do not take it without a physician's consent and monitoring as steroids (prednisone) can be harmful if not used appropriately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: There is no scientific proof that they do work but if they work for you, I have no problem with it. This is not to say that herbal medicine has no role it is just that the basis of homeopathic medicine is that even trace quantity (often unmeasurable) of the purported active ingredient would control disease. ...Read more
Camel milk?: I was unable to locate any peer-reviewed published research regarding camel milk and chronic cough. Anytime something is touted as a cure-all for anything ; everything that ails you, i get very skeptical. It doesn't mean it won't work, just that i want to see some proof. I can't imagine too many camels in ma, much less easy access to it at your local grocers. Best to go see your doc re your cough. ...Read more
No: The outbreak was confined and hasn't recurred and the source was also identified. It's highly unlikely to recur. However, there are always new potentially serious infections which are communicable to humans for which we need to be vigilant. ...Read more
Serious lung congestion for weeks. Initially treated for bronchitis...Didn't help. 2nd visit - treated 4 pneumonia?
Nasal sprays...: There are prescription nasal sprays that are very effective for this scenario. You should see your doctor for evaluation so this treatment can be prescribed. Other etiologies for a persistent non-productive cough include gerd and bronchospasm. Sometimes a combination of these diagnoses are present so your doctor should evaluate you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See dr if needed: If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dx with sinus infection and ear infection. 2 prescription of cefdinir and no relief. Seeking alternative options.
Have coughing fits from itchy throat for five weeks. Will almost cause vomiting. Allergy meds seem not to help. Cough stems from viral tonsillitis.
Post-viral cough: It is not unusual to have a persistent cough following a viral upper respiratory infection. This can due to inflammation of the windpipe (tracheitis) or throat irritation from a post-nasal drip. Treatment may include otc cough suppressants like Robitussin dm. You may need a stronger prescription cough med or a nasal med like a steroid nasal spray for a drip. Your pmd can decide which is best. ...Read more
If my Acute Bronchitis is viral, please describe Symptom management of Acute Bronchitis. How can it help to treat?
Multiple remedies: Some "old school" remedies still work well" granma's tea and honey, warm water ( not brine!) gargles, hot broth,boullion and consume, plain dark honey from a spoon( bolsters immine system and supresses cough) a good generic cough medication ( ie ala Robitssin DM or Mucinex, (guaifenesin)) hot steam showers. A shot of honey and brandy at bedtime is quite soothing. ...Read more
An infection of the upper or lower respiratory tract. Upper respiratory tract infections include the common cold, laryngitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis and otitis media. Lower respiratory tract infections include bronchitis, bronchiolitis, tracheitis and pneumonia. These infections can be caused by a ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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