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My son woke up with a croupy cough what is a good at home treatment?

My son woke up with a croupy cough what is a good at home treatment?

Your telephone: Use it to call your son's doctor and find out if he is very sick, or whether this is just a virus that will go away on its own.

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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Which is the best home remedy for a sinus infection and croupy cough?

Which is the best home remedy for a sinus infection and croupy cough?

Saline rinses: The cough is often related to the sinus drainage. Wash your nose with salt solution, use decongestants and anti-inflammatory medications. These will promote drainage of the sinuses. Drink plenty of fluids, and Mucinex (guaifenesin) type medications may help as well. If symptoms persist over 7 days, see a doctor.

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What can you do to relieve a barking cough?

What can you do to relieve a barking cough?

Barking seals cough: This is seen in croup. It helps to expose the child to a cold and humid air. Croup usually occcurs in the winter months and so opening up the window and letting your child breath at the window helps. If you can take the child outside sefely that works better. Humidifiers may help as well. If the child is having respiratory difficulty then u should take the child to er asap.

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I am getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

I am getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

Get Evaluated: Cough is a symptom of an underlying disease. If a cough persists then it needs to be evaluated by one's physician.

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What to do if getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

What to do if getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

Consistent illness: Chronic or recurrent symptoms warrant medical evaluation to determine cause.

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What to do if I have a barking cough after travelling to a country?

What to do if I have a barking cough after travelling to a country?

Get a diagnosis: The best way to do that is see a doc. Depending on what country you went to, and what your exposures were will start the process of getting a diagnosis, and thus a good treatment. Sometimes, those answers cannot be provided, and treatment has to be given as a 'best guess' approach. If the symptoms are really troublesome, I would try to be seen ASAP. Especially because you don't want to spread this

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What to do about a barking cough after travelling to a country?

What to do about a barking cough after travelling to a country?

Get med check.: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. Lemon juice & 1 tsp. honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing.

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What can I do or give my child, who is 6 yrs old, for a barking cough?

What can I do or give my child, who is 6 yrs old, for a barking cough?

Croup?: It sounds like croup. Humidifyimg the air in his room is helpful. Your doctor may prescribe either a steroid like Decadron (dexamethasone) and possibly racemic epinephrine. Encourage your child to drink well if he is able to also.

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Can you tell me about having a barking cough after travelling to a country?

Can you tell me about having a barking cough after travelling to a country?

Barking cough: A cough can occur from any one of a multitude of infections. Barking coughs are classically associated with croup - which is a children's infection. In adults, you might get a barking cough from a viral infection. Some of the viruses that do it include: the flu, a virus called parainfluenza virus, adenovirus, and RSV. If the symptoms are really bad you'll have to see your primary doc for help.

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My 2 year old has had a barking cough for over a week now, what could this be? No other symptoms apart from hoers voice

My 2 year old has had a barking cough for over a week now, what could this be? No other symptoms apart from hoers voice

Croup: Your child most likely has croup, which is caused by a virus. It causes swelling around the vocal cords, resulting in a hoarse voice and barking cough. It is usually worse at night. Give him lots of clear liquids. Take him in the bathroom with the shower running to breathe steamy air. Call your doctor if a fever >101, more trouble breathing, or not tolerating fluids well.

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I have been having a serious barking cough, for weeks now. It maybe allergic as the pollen count is very high these days. Can anyone help me?

I have been having a serious barking cough, for weeks now. It maybe allergic as the pollen count is very high these days. Can anyone help me?

Maybe not allergic: A barking cough suggests involvement of the windpipe and voice box - not the usual areas for allergies. Think croup, laryngotracheobronchitis, and whooping cough. Cough-variant asthma, vocal cord dysfunction, and acid reflux should also be considered. Your health care professional - medical assistant, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, md - can help you figure this out.

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My 3yo son has what I think is croup. Horrible barking cough that will not let up day or night. I have tried everything and not much relief. Plz advise?

Probably croup: It can be managed at home unless he starts with distressed breathing. That means seeing muscles in neck moving or abdomen rocking. It will sound bad. It is worse at night and gets progressively worse and peaks on third day then improves. At night bundle up and go out in cold to help the breathing and cough. Usually sound worse than child feels. Can have a high temp too.

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I have a severe barking cough and back pain, which I think is my lungs, any idea what it could be?

I have a severe barking cough and back pain, which I think is my lungs, any idea what it could be?

Viral bronchitis: It is impossible to diagnose this without a full history and exam, but the nature of the cough suggests bronchitis. Without knowing whether you may be breathing in toxins such as atmospheric pollutants or cigarette smoke this is likely to be due to viral infection and the back pain either due to strained rib muscles or to inflammation of the lining of the lungs (pleuritis).

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A barking cough that it tickley and I can't sleep with it. How can I get rid of this. Medicines are not helping?

Cough: cough can be due asthma, gastro esophageal reflux, post nasal drip and certain medication for hypertension, may need to be evaluated by a doctor to find the cause of the cough, also pertussis can cause hacking cough

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Can dairy aggravate asthma? Every time I consume dairy there is a increase in my need to take my rescue inhaler as well I develop a barking cough

Can dairy aggravate asthma? Every time I consume dairy there is a increase in my need to take my rescue inhaler as well I develop a barking cough

For you: It wounds like from your symptoms that it is a trigger so I would avoid it and substitute something like soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk so you can get the calcium that you need and avoid the need for your rescue inhaler.

Dr. James Lin
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Barking Cough (Definition)

A barking cough is a symptom in which a child's cough sounds like a seal's barking. It is called croup and is usually caused by a viral infection in the larynx (voice box area). Adults with similar viral infections don't cough the barking sound because adults ...Read more