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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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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 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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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 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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Are there any good home remedies for strep throat in my teen?

Are there any good home remedies for strep throat in my teen?

Absolutely Not: Untreated strep throat in rare cases can cause serious complications. These include rheumatic heart disease which generally is permanent damage. There is a window of a week or so where treatment with appropriate antibiotics will prevent this problem. See your doctor for proper diagnosis. ...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 remedies for my 4-year-old’s stuffy nose?

What are some home remedies for my 4-year-old’s stuffy nose?

Nasal Congestion: You are limited at that age. The first step is to use some saline drops and a suction bulb syringe. If this child doesn't tolerate suctioning the nose that way, you can try a little saline spray to moisten the nose and clear it out. You can also use an oral decongestant to open the nose up. ...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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Can you suggest some herbal or home remedies for a recurring cough for my 3 yr old child?

Can you suggest some herbal or home remedies for a recurring cough for my 3 yr old child?

Why is he coughing: The fact that he has a recurrent cough is somewhat bothersome. The best medicine is always finding the cause. If your child just has a plain cold with a cough, there are some cough medicines that are a bit more "natural" if you will. Youay want to try zarbee's all natural cough syrup. Be aware it is not recommended for kids under a year old. ...Read more

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