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What are some herbal remedies for the treatment of acute respiratory tract infection?

What are some herbal remedies for the treatment of acute respiratory tract infection?

Several: In the first 24-48 hours, try zinc and/or echinacea. Buckwheat honey helps with cough. Vitamin c does not seem to prevent a cold, but may help it go away faster once you have it. ...Read more

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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Could prescribed meds w steroids for persistent cough from bronchitis and walking pneumonia cause dysfunction of parathyroid or hyperparathyroidism?

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

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What antibiotic to take for Chronic cough with excessive phlegm and fever?

What antibiotic to take for Chronic cough with excessive phlegm and fever?

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

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How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

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 more

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Does pulmonologist or primary care prescribe antibiotics for cold, bronchitis, cough, sore throatss, some sinus and ear infection, stomach flu?

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 more

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Is Prednisone ok to take for sever congestion relief from a sinus infection?

Is Prednisone ok to take for sever congestion relief from a sinus infection?

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 more

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Is homeopayhic medication effevtive against allergies regarding recurremt cold and cough?

Is homeopayhic medication effevtive against allergies regarding recurremt cold and cough?

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

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Can camel milk be a cure for chronic chest coughs?

Can camel milk be a cure for chronic chest coughs?

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

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Is sars still a clear and present danger ( severe acute respiratory syndrome)?

Is sars still a clear and present danger ( severe acute respiratory syndrome)?

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

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Is a respiratory and sinus infection different from the flu /virus?

Is a respiratory and sinus infection different from the flu /virus?

Yes: Influenza virus can cause respiratory tract symptoms and can produce changes that may lead to secondary sinus infections. You are talking apples and oranges. One is the causative agent of infection and the others are the anatomic sites and symptoms which may occur. ...Read more

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Serious lung congestion for weeks. Initially treated for bronchitis...Didn't help. 2nd visit - treated 4 pneumonia?

Serious lung congestion for weeks. Initially treated for bronchitis...Didn't help.  2nd visit - treated 4 pneumonia?

Virus: Sounds like you had a viral URI (upper respiratory infection), with residual lung congestion. This can take months to completely resolve. You need to be managed by a primary doctor. Sounds like they are treating appropriately. May just take time. ...Read more

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Which symptoms of a sinus infection will cold medicine alleviate?

Some: Usually cough medicine will help alleviate stuffy, runny nose, and aches depending on the medicine you use. They may also alleviate cough and post nasal drip. ...Read more

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What can a patient take for a nonproductive cough plus other symptoms of allergic rhinitis?

What can a patient take for a nonproductive cough plus other symptoms of allergic rhinitis?

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 more

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What's the treatment for whooping cough?

What's the treatment for whooping cough?

Treatment...: Whooping cough, or pertussis, is caused by a bacteria so treatment is with an antibiotic prescribed by your doctor. There is a vaccine that largely prevents this disease so see your doctor for vaccination as well as diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Besides Tamiflu (oseltamivir)... What is the treatment for the flu? (I'm a severe Asthmatic)

Besides Tamiflu (oseltamivir)... What is the treatment for the flu? (I'm a severe Asthmatic)

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 more

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Dx with sinus infection and ear infection. 2 prescription of cefdinir and no relief. Seeking alternative options.

Dx with sinus infection and ear infection. 2 prescription of cefdinir and no relief. Seeking alternative options.

Confusing question: Doing a second round of an antibiotic that did not work the first time is odd. There are several alternatives, the best would be based on allergy profile and past experience with meds. I would discuss this with the treating doc. ...Read more

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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

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If my Acute Bronchitis is viral, please describe Symptom management of Acute Bronchitis. How can it help to treat?

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

Dr. Martin Raff
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Respiratory Tract Infections (Definition)

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


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Infection (Definition)

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