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Congested chest&sticky phlegm in throat, best home remedies to bring quick relief? For adults? For children?

Congested chest&sticky phlegm in throat, best home remedies to bring quick relief? For adults? For children?

Lots of fluids!: Extra fluids may help. Make your own cough medicine by using 1 part tea, 1part honey, and l part lemon juice. An "expectorant" is an over-the-counter medication which may help to liquify mucous secretions and make them easier to cough up. Don't give honey to babies under one year old. And it goes without saying that a non-smoking environment will be helpful to everyone. Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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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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Any home remedies for a wet cough and runny nose?

Any home remedies for a wet cough and runny nose?

The cause: You need to know the cause before you can treat an illness. Our information suggests that your cough may be from post-nasal drips. Daily saline irrigation 1 to 2 x daily on the nose may reduce the cough. If you are allergic to outdoor allergens, staying in an air-conditioned room during the pollen season may help. Pets may be a problem. No home remedies has been found to be that effective. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for a bad cough/sore throat other than cough drops and salt water?

What are some home remedies for a bad cough/sore throat other than cough drops and salt water?

My favorite: My favorite is a classic "hot toddy." specifically I use a camomile tea with honey, lemon juice and either rum or whiskey (about half-a-shot). The choice of spirits is up to you. The point is to drink a warm liquid that will relax you and open up your airways. (adult only for alcohol, however, lemon, honey, and tea can be used alone for those abstaining or kids.). ...Read more

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My 8 months is having cold, cough and fever any home remedies to overcome his cold. Can I give zertac for cough.

My 8 months is having cold, cough and fever any home remedies to overcome his cold. Can I give zertac for cough.

8 month URI: For the fever over 101 degrees, you need to give acetaminopen or ibuprofen (each is 5 ml per 20 pounds). Zyrtec (cetirizine) will dry up his runny nose but may or may not help with the cough. Try some warm tea with a little sugar, humidifier. ...Read more

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Are there any health risks for using a warm air humidifier to assist in my 3 month old childs viral infection with cough and runny nose?

Are there any health risks for using a warm air humidifier to assist in my 3 month old childs viral infection with cough and runny nose?

No: Humidified air will help if nose congested and runny. I would try and use distilled water, keep a distance away as per the gadgets instructions. Should be regularly cleaned. A tent aparatus made with towels or sheets over the head end of the crib with humidifier on the right height chair pointed under the tent will allow good humidity without being too close to baby. Watch it closely always! ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies for chest congestion and a cough?

What are some natural remedies for chest congestion and a cough?

Cough : When given accurately, homeopathic remedies in 30c potency can often help acute symptoms of cough & congestion. Bryonia alba helps with coughs that go down into the chest -- & cough is dry, hard, & painful. Patient holds onto the chest. Causticum has dry, irritated cough -- worse from laughing, talking, or any sort of air friction. It's a main remedy for bronchitis. Coccus cacti: paroxysms. ...Read more

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11month old baby caught with cough and cold. She is having running nose, little fever too. Please suggest the medicine and home remedies both.

11month old baby caught with cough and cold. She is having running nose, little fever too. Please suggest the medicine and home remedies both.

URI: Cold and cough preparations are not recommended for 11 month old babies. Nasal congestion can be managed with a gentle saline spray as often as required. A fever may be treated with Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen. She room should be kept cool and not too dry to help with her breathing. Give her extra clear fluids. Follow up with her doctor for any concerns. I hope she feels better soon. ...Read more

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Cough n cold what are the quick remedy? And congestion?

Cough n cold what are the quick remedy? And congestion?

Several things: For children over one year of age honey can be used as a cough suppressant (unsafe for kids under one year old). Nasal saline relieves congestion and inflammation in the nasal passages. Vapor rub can be used on the chest and has been proven effective in reducing cough and cold symptoms. Ibuprofen works well for pain and fever. If high fever or prolonged symptoms then will need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any effective home remedies for a sinus infection and croupy cough?

Are there any effective home remedies for a sinus infection and croupy cough?

Improve drainage: Decongestants can be helpful, but rinsing the nose with salt water can be even more helpful. There are low-volume sprays available in the drug store such as ocean spray or simply saline. High- volume rinsing with a neilmed bottle or neti pot are often even better. You need to see your physician if your symptoms lasts more than two weeks or you develop fever or facial headaches. ...Read more

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What are the best herbal home remedies for a kid with a dry cough?

What are the best herbal home remedies for a kid with a dry cough?

Homeopathy, actually: This is not the same as an "herbal" treatment. But classical homeopathy actually has many medicines ("remedies") that stimulate healing of cough. Different kinds of coughs correspond to different homeopathic remedies, so you'd have the best chance of success by consulting a homeopath. But the remedy rumex can help a tickling, irritated dry cough that gets worse when undressing or uncovering. ...Read more

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What are basic home made remedies for cold and Running Nose.

What are basic home made remedies for cold and Running Nose.

Sniffles: Great question! Gargling with salt water: 1/2 teaspoon salt to 1 cup very warm water, gargle and spit it out, repeat as often as you wish. May try Neti pot. May try tea with honey/lemon. Chicken soup has studies that show it helps, if you are not vegan. Get lots of rest, too. Wash hands often to avoid spreading virus to others. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Are their any helpful home remedies for pink-eye in a child?

Are their any helpful home remedies for pink-eye in a child?

Relief, not cure: Most pink eye in childhood and infancy is due to viral conjunctivitis. You can relieve the symptoms with warm soaks and bland eyedrops to clear out secretions. Sometimes there is bacterial infection - look for swelling, pus, crusting. If these are present see your ophthalmologist. Home remedies can relieve symptoms but not cure the problem. ...Read more

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Home remedies for a cough and runny nose in a 2 year old?

Home remedies for a cough and runny nose in a 2 year old?

Honey: A teaspoon of honey works better then OTC cough & cold medications in children! Nasal saline for the runny nose. And of course lots of TLC! ...Read more

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What are some home cures for a stuffy nose and sore throat?

Remedies: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. Neti pot helps. ...Read more

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Natural remedies for chest congestion and a cough?

Natural remedies for chest congestion and a cough?

Honey: One of the simplest is a teaspoon of honey every 4-6 hours for cough and increase your water intake. ...Read more

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What are some good home remedies for a common cold in a child 6-7 years old?

Clear passages: Remedies should aim to help clear mucus. Humidified air to breathe at night, saline nasal washes, a steamy bathroom, and good nose blowing will all help. Avoid otc cold remedies - they can just cause over-drying of the inside of the nose and throat, and irritability. ...Read more

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What are good home remediesfor a wet cough and runny nose?

What are good home remediesfor a wet cough and runny nose?

Remedies: If this is an acute problem as in a cold related illness, a saline nasal spray, a decongestant may help. If this more of a chronic condition, you need to see your doctor to determine the cause of your symptopms. ...Read more

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What are some home remedy for cold sores in the mouth?

What are some home remedy for cold sores in the mouth?

No cure- it's herpes: More than likely it's caused by a herpes outbreak (hsv-1 typically). Drinking acidic fluids can make the situation worse; with poor dental hygiene, the burden of bacteria will allow the ulcers to fester. In certain instances, medications such as Acyclovir can help. Otherwise, the burden of oral bacterial can be tamed by the use of either listerine or a warm salt water gargle for 1min, 3 times daily. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedy for sore throat and stuffy nose?

Are there any home remedy for sore throat and stuffy nose?

Remedies: 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 netti 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. Add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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What is the best sleeping position for babies with cold and cough?

What is the best sleeping position for babies with cold and cough?

On their back: Sleeping on the back with the head slightly elevated. You can use a folded towel underneath the head end of the mattress (not directly under the baby's head like a pillow.). ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to give infant tyelnol with hylands4kids cold and cough night time?

Is it possible for me to give infant tyelnol with hylands4kids cold and cough night time?

See below: From my point of view as an allopathic physician, i don't recommend any otc meds except tylenol (acetaminophen) for infant. The i don't know if there have been any controlled studies looking at the efficacy and safety of the ingredients in hylands 4 kids cold and cough, therefore, i can't say whether they are safe. ...Read more

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How to cure cold and cough by home made remedies?

How to cure cold and cough by home made remedies?

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

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Whats' them best cough remedy for babies below 2?

Whats' them best cough remedy for babies below 2?

Not much...: Cough and cold medications are no longer available for children under the age of 4 yrs. Most were not very helpful anyways. For kids over 1 yr old, a spoonful of honey works well to quell the tickle in your throat effect of a cold. Hot steam, like sitting in a shower, can get snot to drain out and thus decrease coughing. If severe, or there is difficulty breathing, consult your doc asap. ...Read more

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Can i give banana to my 6+ baby when he has cold and cough?

Can i give banana to my 6+ baby  when he has cold and cough?

Yes: You can introduce supplemental feeds to babies after 6 months of age. Starting with cereals, vegetables and fruits. One by one. Start animal protein after the 9 months. Don't see any problem with eating banana if the baby 6+ if he has cold or any minor illness. ...Read more

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My 2year boy baby has cold and cough no fever?

My 2year boy baby has cold and cough no fever?

Your question? : So what is your specific question? A cold would go away by itself within a week. If it lasts longer than 7-10 day or symptoms are progressively worse, you should bring your child to see a local doctor. Let him drink a lot of water. ...Read more

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What is the easiest and most effective home-made remedy for common cold?

What is the easiest and most effective home-made remedy for common cold?

Colds: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestionsaline 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 more

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What is the home remedy for common cold?

What is the home remedy for common cold?

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 more

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My child is having cold and cough every days please tell me natural medicine tips?

My child is having cold and cough every days please tell me natural medicine tips?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the cough. Honey ( in a child over 12 months) can help with a cough if it's due to a cold. If it's asthma , pneumonia, allergies or a sinus infection, "natural" medications won't be of much help. I would have him see his pediatrician. ...Read more

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My baby is 9 mo's old, and is with the common cold for more than 4 weeks. Is it ok to give him some cough suppressant?

My baby is 9 mo's old, and is with the common cold for more than 4 weeks.  Is it ok to give him some cough suppressant?

Evaluation needed: Diagnosing and treating cough in infants is especially challenging. The typical "cold" should only last about 7-10 days. If a cough is persisting beyond that time, it is reasonable to have an evaluation, as other considerations such as asthma could be an issue. Cough suppressants are not recommended for infants. The cause of the cough should be addressed first. ...Read more

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What do you think is best to use when your 6 year old child has a cold and cough?

What do you think is best to use when your 6 year old child has a cold and cough?

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

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My child always seems to have a cold and cough. What are some natural medicines I can use?

My child always seems to have a cold and cough. What are some natural medicines I can use?

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

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Can i give pomegranate juice to my 7 months old baby when she has cold and cough?

Can i give pomegranate juice to my 7 months old baby when she has cold and cough?

Pomegranate juice: Usually pomegranate juice is recommended around 8-10 months of age. In adults it has been shown to decrease duration of cold symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a tickly cough, and a husky hoarse voice, also feel a little under the weather. Is this a common cold? Im about to be induced will baby get it?

I have a tickly cough, and a husky hoarse voice, also feel a little under the weather. Is this a common cold? Im about to be induced will baby get it?

Cough: this can be secondary to acid reflux which is common with the progression of pregnancy. try having some Tums (calcium carbonate) tablets, and see if it helps. if it is a cold it is unlikely the baby will get it. ...Read more

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My 3months baby is suffering from cold and cough and has blocked nose in nights am using nasal drops for him and also can I use duoden and budecort?

My 3months baby is suffering  from cold and cough and has blocked  nose in nights am using nasal drops  for him and also can I use duoden and budecort?

See his doctor: 3 months old with these symptoms need to be seen by the pediatrician, keep using the saline nasal drops though, but don't use strong prescription medications unless under doctor's supervision, wish you and your you wellness ...Read more

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Can my 6 month old baby use cold and cough syrup if so what do u recommend for him concerned mother

Can my 6 month old baby use cold and cough syrup if so what do u recommend for him concerned mother

I wouldn't: The nasal & airway structure of young infants is quite different from older kids or adults. Studies have shown no benefit of cough/cold preparations to kids under 6. They also reflect a large number of ER visits and poison control calls from these meds. If you need something to do, keep track of fluid intake.That is more important overall & more likely to help baby. ...Read more

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My 4 month baby suffering from cold and cough and loose motion since 4 days. my doctor adviced some medicine but there is no improvement.please help?

My 4 month baby suffering from cold and cough and loose motion since 4 days. my doctor adviced some medicine but there is no improvement.please help?

Limits on meds: 60% of respiratory infections of children are due viruses (colds). Studies now show very unsafe to give infants cough medications. American Academy if Pediatrucs says no child under sux should take these. Most colds pass in a week. Bulb suction for comfort, cool must humidifier. Vaseline on butt to protect from diarrhea. Be patient - if worsens check with your doctor but no meds are recommended ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

An upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more