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Home Remedies For A Cold And Cough
Symptomatic relief: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & asmall amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen/ nsaid’s rest! ...Read more
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
Colds: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treat symptoms: Most colds are due to viruses and therefore do not need antibiotics. Effective home care will consist of treating symptoms as follows: for congeston-use an over the counter decongestant like sudafed, inhale steam, hot liquids like herbal teas, menthol or eucalyptus rubs, sore throat: salt water gargles, fever- acetaminophen, fatigue- rest and fluids, supplements-vitamin c and zinc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can u suggest any remedies for recurrent cold and cough. Its been on and off since last 2 months in some or the other way.
I smoke cigarettes, recently I have become victim of common cold! Now I am ok but my coughing is not over! ! so what is the best way for the treatment?
What should you consider the best medicinee or "home remedy" for the common cold/flu. Non- prescription?
Treatment for cold: Stay home and rest--get lots of sleep, drink warm fluids, eat chicken soup, inhale steam from tea kettle through nose and breath in, take regular vitamins and extra vit c-1000mg, use zinc louzenges-dissolve slowly in mouth three times per day. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've had a common cold for 3 weeks my mom is tight on money and can't take me to the doctor. I have a runny nose and a congested cough. Remedies?
My 2yo has had a cold for 3 days. She has no fever but a plehgmy cough and slight wheeze. Should I be worried or continue home treatment?
Better see her doctor: Not sure what kind of home treatment you are referring to, it seems your daughter has an upper respiratory infection, possibly viral, affecting her lower respiratory tract a as well. Most of the time it is a self limited condition, but may progress given the description you just gave, wish you both wellness ...Read more
Nothing much: A cold and cough in an otherwise healthy 22 month should run its course over a 1-2 week period of time. There really are no proven or, more importantly, safe medications that will help your child. Using nasal saline with suction may help relieve some of the nasal symptoms. Use tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for fever. ...Read more
Likely from cold...: ...But can be from more serious illness. If she has other bleeding or bruising or if she looks really ill then she should be seen immediately. Good luck! ...Read more
Time and patience: Colds go away in spite of, not because of, all the over-the-counter remedies we use. Some feel better with humidified air, but make sure your humidifier is clean. Decongestants and cough suppressants (used short term) can reduce symptoms of runny nose, but cough meds are better at helping you sleep than at reducing cough. Make sure your little one drinks enough fluids to avoid dehydration. ...Read more
Is it normal or common for a 2yr old to still be sick with a cold and cough after 3 1/2 almost 4 weeks now?
No: There may be something else going on. You should see you pediatrician. ...Read more
Love and comfort: Even though we often say "it's just a virus, " that doesn't mean your child isn't miserable! For aches, try Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. For sore throat, gargling to clear out mucous and also help the cough. A spoon of honey or mixed in warm tea also good. At this age otc cough meds ok, but I prefer to address mucous, allow them to cough it out. Nasal congestion-try salt water rinse (neti pot). ...Read more
Need more info: There are other reasons besides a cold (commonly a virus) to have frequent cough and runny nose. Examples are allergies and reflux. How old is your child? Children also get sick often and that can be very normal. Prior to starting any new medication, even if over-the-counter, natural, organic, etc. Always discuss it with your pediatrician. ...Read more
I have recently been diagnosed with pneumonia what are the chances of my 7 month old catching it? She already has a cold and cough but was checked
Pneumonia: Term applies to infection of lung and whether it is communicable to family will depend on the causative agent. Some are not transmissible by inhalation. If she has a cold and cough this may be viral or atypical pneumonia and she should recover rapidly. Be alert for any changes in behavior or symptoms and go back to pediatrician asap if there is any question. Babies get very sick very quickly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm doing a 10 mi run Sun April 12. I have had a cold and cough for a few days. I missed my long run yesterday/other workouts. Should I long run today?
No!: When ill, take a break or your illness will last longer and be more severe!! ...Read more
Serious symptom: If you are forty and have been a smoker of ten to twenty pack years and you don't have acute bacterial bronchitis and you know you coughed it up and are not blowing it out of your nose, you should get a chest x-ray. If there is any suggestion of lung cancer on chest x-ray you should get a ct chest and a bronchoscopy, if you have a bacterial bronchitis and you cough up blood 2 or 3 times and you. ...Read more
Had a cold and cough for 9days and every now and again I will have a coughing fit and be sick we're it makes me gag will antibiotics help?
Reactive airways: If you've been sick for this long, it's quite likely that your immune system already destroyed whatever invaders caused you to be sick in the first place (bacteria or viruses). Since you have asthma, however, you may have inflammation in the airways that leads to these coughing spells. Antibiotics are very powerful and should be used carefully. You should get tested for pertussis BTW. Feel better! ...Read more
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