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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

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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What are some kinds of treatments that can ease the symptoms of the common cold? What things can be done at home that can help with: runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, head aches, coughing, and hoarse voice.

What are some kinds of treatments that can ease the symptoms of the common cold? What things can be done at home that can help with: runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, head aches, coughing, and hoarse voice.

Nasal symptoms: Salt water washes twice daily, humidifier in bedroom, air purifier, consider otc antihistamines although I am never a fan of patients treating themselves since they typically don't know all of the in's and out's of why we prescribe meds the way we do. ...Read more

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I'd really like to know how to cure cold and cough, fever?

I'd really like to know how to cure cold and cough, fever?

No cure...: There is no cure for the common cold, which can cause cough and fever. It is usually due to a viral infection so symptoms are treated while the infection runs its course, usually over several days to a week or so. See your doctor if symptoms are severe or worsening over time. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What is the treatment for the common cold?

What is the treatment for the common cold?

TLC: Since colds are viral infection, there is no "magic medicine" for a cure. In infants, saline nose drops may be used to loosen nasal mucus before wiping or gentle suction. For severe congestion (swelling inside of the nose), over-the-counter phenylephrine nose drops (0.125%-0.25%) may be used every 4 hours if feeding or sleeping are significantly affected. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for common cold?

What is the best treatment for common cold?

Symptom relief: 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 are the best treatment for common cold?

What are the best treatment for common cold?

Symptomatic: 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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Is zinc an effective treatment for the common cold?

Is zinc an effective treatment for the common cold?

Maybe but ...: When you take zinc tablets/syrup for a cold, you may be sick for a shorter period of time and your cold symptoms may not be so severe. Sounds good, right? Only problem - side effects. Some folks hate the taste. Other folks get sick stomachs from it. Don't use the zinc nasal spray, which can cause permanent loss of smell. ::passes you the chicken soup and kleenex::. ...Read more

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Does having a common cold increase my risk of getting myocarditis ?, and does myocarditis always need treatment?

Does having a common cold increase my risk of getting myocarditis ?, and does myocarditis always need treatment?

Yes and usually: its unusual occurrence -consider how many people in the world get a cold and the actual rates of viral myocarditis - its less than 1 %. Most myocarditis causes s/s but it can be subclinical. ...Read more

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I am 21 year old male and get 8-10 infections a year like common cold,gastroenteritis. It always goes without treatment. Should I be concerned though?

I am 21 year old male and get 8-10 infections a year like common cold,gastroenteritis. It always goes without treatment. Should I be concerned though?

No: Doesn't sound concerning, if they are common viral infections that resolve on their own. The average person gets an illness every 6 to 8 weeks ... at least the younger ones do. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment of sore throat during common cold ?

What is the best treatment of sore throat during common cold


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Sore throat: 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. ...Read more

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Why can't our body create antibody for common cold or cough?

Why can't our body create antibody for common cold or cough?

Mutation: The common cold viruses mutate constantly and once you acquire an immunity to one it changes and you become susceptible to it again, so you cannot become immune to the common cold virus. ...Read more

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Is yogurt good in cold and cough?

Is yogurt good in cold and cough?

No: The milk protein in yogurt causes more inflammation and discomfort in respiratory tract. Do not consume any milk products until cold and cough resolve. ...Read more

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1month old son has cold and cough?

1month old son has cold and cough?

Cough: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants.Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing& cough. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from baby's environment & this will happen less. ...Read more

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What should I do if am suffering from cold and cough?

What should I do if am suffering from cold and cough?

Best cold treatment: Days 1-3 are the itchy, sneezy, runny phase. Take antihistamine and, if you can get it, ipratropium bromide .06% nasal spray. Days 4-7 are the congestion phase. Use afrin 12 hour nasal decongestant spray --don't use it for more than three days -- to keep you nose open. If you are not completely better within two weeks from when it started, then you probably have a complication like sinusitis. ...Read more

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What should I give my 22month old for a cold and cough?

What should I give my 22month old for a cold and cough?

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

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What is the home treatment of cough ? Thanks

What is the home treatment of cough ? Thanks

Hard to treat: Cough is a basic reflex that keeps us alive. The airway is the most sensitive part of the body for a reason. It keeps food out of our lungs. When the airway is irritated, there is no way to tell the body to ignore it. If the cause of the airway irritation can be found and treated, that can help the cough resolve sooner. Mucus draining down the throat is a common cause of prolonged cough. ...Read more

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What are good treatments for the common cold?

Cold tips: How to help a cold: for the 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. ...Read more

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What can I give my two year old for a cold and cough?

What can I give my two year old for a cold and cough?

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

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