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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

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I had a recent upper respiratory infection.What is the most effective treatment?

I had a recent upper respiratory infection.What is the most effective treatment?

Time and Drugs: There are lots of things that can cause a persistent cough. Some will go way on their own like colds, viral infections etc. Others will not go away such as chronic sinusitis, allergies etc. If you are still coughing, call your family doctor. ...Read more

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Had Upper Respiratory Infection since last Tuesday. How can I get rid of this nagging cough? What helps it go away faster?

Had Upper Respiratory Infection since last Tuesday. How can I get rid of this nagging cough? What helps it go away faster?

Coughing: in the coarse of a typical cold, the cough will last about 3 weeks, improving the second week and just a morning residual cough the third week. If it is not following this and instead it is getting worse, see your doctor. Rest and fluids are the best treatment. ...Read more

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What is the rattle noise upon exhaling when my toddler has a respiratory infection? Should I continue the albuterol breathing treatments?

What is the rattle noise upon exhaling when my toddler has a respiratory infection?  Should I continue the albuterol breathing treatments?

Rattle noise exhalin: I think what you are describing is wheezing and your pediatrician has prescribed Albuterol Inhalation for it.Did you ask the doc if your child has asthma and if it is, you need to get educated to take care of your child.Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the bronchi and you need proper treatment with inhaled steroids and albuterol, unless he is being treated for bronchiolitis. ...Read more

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I went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave me was cough meds. I have a pack of tamiflu (oseltamivir)..will that help?

I went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave me was cough meds.  I have a pack of tamiflu (oseltamivir)..will that help?

Would presume no.: I’d assume the doctor who examined you thought that this was not the flu. As such, Oseltamivir would likely provide you no benefit. ...Read more

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What is the best nasal medication for chronic cough? I am getting over an upper respiratory infection, I have little to no sputum and am not a smoker.

What is the best nasal medication for chronic cough? I am getting over an upper respiratory infection, I have little to no sputum and am not a smoker.

Nasal medication?: I am not aware of any nasal sprays specifically for cough. Coughs can occur because of "post-nasal drip" which is usually from sinus infection. These coughs may be relatively dry. You are already on an antihistamine and a nasal steroid. Nasal decongestants are habit forming and actually may worsen the problem. If cough is nonproductive and keeping you up at night, dextromethorphan/codeine helps. ...Read more

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Please answer me. Is a respiratory infection contagious and are cough drops a permanent solution?

Please answer me. Is a respiratory infection contagious and are cough drops a permanent solution?

Yes and no: A respiratory infection is certainly contagious. It is usually caused by a virus and can be spread by oral secretions and droplets from coughing and sneezing. While cough drops help soothe your throat, they are in no way a cure, nor do they cut down the contagiousness. ...Read more

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Went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave was cough pills..should i see another dr?

Went to dr and have upper respiratory infection and all he gave was cough pills..should i see another dr?

If you are worse: If cough medicine was prescribed the doctor is telling you that antibiotics will not be helpful for the virus you may have. If worsening symptoms however get rechecked.Good luck ...Read more

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I have a cough that produces phlem/mucus...Possible respiratory infection. Dr prescribed me kflex 500mg. Taken 3 so far in 24 hrs. Will it clear me up?

I have a cough that produces phlem/mucus...Possible respiratory infection. Dr prescribed me kflex 500mg. Taken 3 so far in 24 hrs. Will it clear me up?

Depends: You should probably not be taking antibiotics unless proven to have a treatable bacterial infection. In a non-smoker what you describe is likely to be viral unless shown to have infiltrates on chest x-ray (pneumonia). You will probably get better in 7 days with Keflex and in one week without it. ...Read more

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I have a bad cough that will not go away no matter what i take and it is really bothering me what should I do ? I had a upper respiratory infection 3 weeks ago all other parts of the infection went away but the cough i took some of the meds from the in

I have a bad cough that will not go away no matter what i take and it is really bothering me what should I do ? I had a upper respiratory infection 3 weeks ago 
all other parts of the infection went away but the cough 
i took some of the meds from the in

First, : First, stay away from cigarette smoke. Drink lots of water, to help keep the mucous moist so that it can be expelled (at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day).Consider using an expectorant to help break up the mucuous and get it out of your system. ...Read more

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I've had a deep whooping type cough for 2-3 months. Now upper respiratory infection with pain. What should I ask my doctor?

URI: Ask if you had adult pertussis (whooping cough), whether you may have had an atypical pathogen (mycoplasma, chlamydia, etc.), whether you now have a new infection and what it may be due to. It would also be a very good opportunity to stop smoking entirely. Good luck and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a respiratory infection contagious? Will cough drops work as a permanent solution?

Cold: Colds and the flu are contagious by droplet and contact. Cough drops only treat symptoms not the cause. If you're cough is persistent see your doctor to make sure you do not have bronchitis. Important to hydrate ...Read more

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Cough and chest congestion relieve for four year old? Upper respiratory infection and allergies was her diagnosis but her congestion seems worse today

Cough and chest congestion relieve for four year old? Upper respiratory infection and allergies was her diagnosis but her congestion seems worse today

Pediatrics: Any time you feel a 4 year old is getting worse the best course of action is to call the doctor, tell them what is going on and follow their directions. Hopefully she was seen by a pediatrician or an experienced family practitioner. If not, do that now. Better safe than sorry. Hope she is better soon. ...Read more

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Days after respiratory infection I still have postinfectious cough and still producing a little phlegm is this normal when will it go away?

Days after respiratory infection I still have postinfectious cough and still producing a little phlegm is this normal when will it go away?

6 weeks: The cough associated with bronchitis can last for up to 6 weeks. You don't need antibiotics unless you are feverish or short of breath (and other symptoms, then you should see your doctor). You would just need medication to treat the cough. ...Read more

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I'm a respiratory infection for a few days now and besides the runny nose and head ache I am having a very annoying cough accompanied by chest pain.

I'm a respiratory infection for a few days now and besides the runny nose and head ache I am having a very annoying cough accompanied by chest pain.

Not just 1: Thing to do here. For a patient of mine i would suggest over-the-counter plain Claritin or zyrtec (not with the"d") for the runny nose. 100% avoidance of all (all) milk products. The chest pain is likely from the coughing. If not allergic to it depending on patient size i recommend 1-2 advil + 1 tylenol (acetaminophen) for a patient of mine. As you know, i cannot make such medical recommendations for you. ...Read more

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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. Gerald Mandell
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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