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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

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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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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Any remedies for cough due to colds?

Any remedies for cough due to colds?

Tea/sinus wash: Honey lemon tea is supposed to help. Doing a sinus irrigation can help a lot. Sometimes some benadryl at night can dry you up a bit which calms the cough down. ...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. ...Read more

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What are some good home remedies for acute sinusitis & sore throat?

What are some good home remedies for acute sinusitis & sore throat?

Home remedies sinus: Get plenty of rest, keep hydrated, use the over the counter sinus rinse, keep your head elevated to help the sinuses drain, steam your sinus cavities either breathe in steam from a hot shower or boiling water. You can gargle with salt water, gargle salt water, drink warm tea with lots of honey and lemon and take cough drops. ...Read more

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What are home remedies for viral bronchitis?

What are home remedies for viral bronchitis?

RestFluidsHumidity: Most Viral Bronchitis are self limited and can be managed just with over the counter cough medicines and increased fluids and treated at home These get better with or without treatment..For congestion steam inhalation can help along with increasd fluids,humidity,rest If you suffer from asthma,copd,are a smoker see your doctor ...Read more

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Suffering from throat infection and cough. please suggest the best ways for cure.

Suffering from throat infection and cough. please suggest the best ways for cure.

That depends: If a viral infection,--> rest, increase your fluids, soft foods, and it should get better in time,...If bacterial, you will require an antibiotic prescription. ...Read more

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Any home remedies for killing the bacteria from strep throat?

Any home remedies for killing the bacteria from strep throat?

No: If you really have a strep throat it will usually get better without antibiotic treatment in about 7 days but you then run the risk of developing the serious post-streptococcal sequella of glomerulonephritis or rheumatic fever. To prevent this risk you need to take a full 10 days of a penicillin antibiotic. Symptomatic treatments include throat lozenges, cepacol throat spray and tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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Can you please list a few home remedies for coughing from allergies?

Allergies: Keep your home free of dust. Avoid carpet and clutter if possible. Try to figure out your triggers-perfumes/ pet dander/flowers/etc and rid your home of as many of these things as possible. ...Read more

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Please describe a good home remedy for sore throat, cough and sinus congestion?

Please describe a good home remedy for sore throat, cough and sinus congestion?

Remedies: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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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

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What are some home remedies for a sinus infection?

Sinus treatment: Use nasal saline in any form--saline irrigation is the best, but a nettie pot can be helpful, too. Sometimes it is all you need, especially if you catch your symptoms early. ...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.

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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Are there home remedies that can treat a viral lung infection?

Are there home remedies that can treat a viral lung infection?

No: Viral infections are not treated with antibiotics, most resolve with standard care of fluids , fever control. Serious infections require hospitalization, steroids oxygen and sometimes mechanical ventilation. ...Read more

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Suffering from severe heart burn for past few days. Can anyone suggest home remedy ?

Suffering from severe heart burn for past few days. Can anyone suggest home remedy ?

Seek Healthcare Eval: Although you may think you have heartburn at 46 years old you start to be at higher risk of coronary artery disease. "Heart burn" is not infrequently misdiagnosed when in reality it is a heart attack or angina (heart pain). Don't take a chance, see a healthcare provider for evaluation. ...Read more

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What's a good home remedy for chronic nasal inflammation & congestion?

What's a good home remedy for chronic nasal inflammation & congestion?

Mentholatum: Consider Vicks vaporub to chest. It has natural menthal smell in petroleum base. It causes decreased swelling in nasal passages and can decrease cough irritation also. This would be good for a cold virus. However if allergic rhinitis "allergies" consider keep windows in home and car closed, avoid pets in home, no cigarette smoking in home, and hepa filter and vacuum with hepa filter. ...Read more

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What are home remedies for a sinus infection?

Eval: If you have a true infection and not just sinus pain - it is important that you seek medical treatment. Home remedies will not substitute for antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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. Sheila Smith
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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