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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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Can toddlers suck a ricola cough drop?

Can toddlers suck a ricola cough drop?

I wouldn't: Since the drop could block their airway and cause severe respiratory distress, i would not offer this product to a toddler. ...Read more

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Productive cough no runny nose?

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Productive cough no runny nose?

Could be Viral or...: Go see your doctor. He/she needs to listen to your chest and lungs, possibly culture your throat, and possible give you an inhaler treatment or antibiotics. He/she also needs to check your vitals to see if you are starting to get a pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can a cool mist humidifier make a wet chesty cough worse? Child has been coughing nonstop very mucusy cough, he has strep humidifier has been on

Can a cool mist humidifier make a wet chesty cough worse? Child has been coughing nonstop very mucusy cough, he has strep humidifier has been on

Sometimes: most coughs in children are due to throat irritation or mucous draining down the throat. Humidifiers help both of these conditions usually by moisturizing the back of the throat and loosening mucous. some children get more cough with this loosening. Depending the age of your child he may benefit from cough med if your doctor feels it.s appropriate contact him/her ...Read more

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Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

See MD: See MD or ER. There are a variety of causes. Some benign, some serious. ...Read more

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3yr old has congested wet cough, nasal congest.,no fever,clear nasal mucus,irritated throat, taking antibio's for yeast inf.Cold? Concern? Treatment?

3yr old has congested wet cough, nasal congest.,no fever,clear nasal mucus,irritated throat, taking antibio's for yeast inf.Cold? Concern? Treatment?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics as you know do not treat viral infections. Most upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses and will clear by themselves in a few days. Encourage lots of fluids, try sitting with her in a hot steamy bathroom to loosen phlegm and mucus, and call your pediatrician if she seems ill or sicker. ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip on 7mo cause coughs? Started w/runny nose. Humidifier, saline & bulb syringe used. Cough AM & PM. Bronchiolitis risk? Nebulizer?

Can post nasal drip on 7mo cause coughs? Started w/runny nose. Humidifier, saline & bulb syringe used. Cough AM & PM. Bronchiolitis risk? Nebulizer?

Yes: A post nasal drip can and commonly does cause a cough. Bronchiolitis is from lower airways (lungs). It is important for her pediatrician to listen and determine where the cough is coming from. The treatments are dramatically different. ...Read more

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Can Robitussin (guaifenesin) cough syrup helps mucus fertility?

Can Robitussin (guaifenesin) cough syrup helps mucus fertility?

No. IUI is better: It has been thought that it may thin the cervical mucus but there is no scientific evidence that it helps increase fertility. Cervical mucus problems are a rare cause of not getting pregnant (unless taking clomid, (clomiphene) or some women with previous leep or cone biopsy of the cervix). Intrauterine insemination (iui) is a good option. See a fertility specialist (rei) if trying to conceive without success. ...Read more

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Is drinking milk with cough syrup poisonous?

Is drinking milk with cough syrup poisonous?

Milk and cough: No. Milk can increase phlegm and mucous production and should be avoided during cold. ...Read more

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Home remedy for productive cough?

Home remedy for productive cough?

Fluids: They always say a little honey, a little tea, a little lemon, but best of all lots of fluids (juice and water to avoid dilutional effect) to liquefy secretion and cough up easier. ...Read more

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Antibiotics for productive cough?

Cough and antibiotic: There can be a lot of reasons for a cough. Since you are not a smoker the most likely is that this is indeed an infection. Your doctor will try to evaluate if this is a viral illness or a bacterial problem. It sounds like you need to be seen. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old son has cough and wheezing at night while sleeping, no fever. I have cough syrup, ventolin syrup, terbutaline syrup n ventolin nebules.

My 2 yr old son has cough and wheezing at night while sleeping, no fever. I have cough syrup, ventolin syrup, terbutaline syrup n ventolin nebules.

Asthma control: Use nebulizer with Albuterol as directed by his doctor, ~ 3-4 x/day. Use only one oral bronchodilator, Albuterol, as directed, ~ 3 x/day. Don't give a cough suppressant See doctor now & in follow-up for maintenance medications. Seek evaluations for gastroesophageal reflux & allergies. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/childhood-asthma/in-depth/asthma-in-children/art-20044376 ...Read more

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Does Anise treat whooping cough?

Does Anise treat whooping cough?

Not at all: Whooping cough/pertussis is a very serious bacterial infection treated with specific antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dry coughsore throatchills no feverheadache?

Dry coughsore throatchills no feverheadache?

See doctor: See your doctor to make sure you dont have strep. A throat culture is in ordertake inuprofen for pain. ...Read more

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Baby has a cough and runny nose now he has that rattle noise/ wet cough done humidifier, saline drops any suggestions?

Baby has a cough and runny nose now he has that rattle noise/ wet cough done humidifier, saline drops any suggestions?

Cough: In addition push fluids but not milk . Elevate the child' mattress when sleeping. Use a bulb syringe before using the nose drops. Use fever medicine if necessary. ...Read more

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Productive cough.Runny nose. Both w/ yellow mucus. No fever.Tight chest.Throat a bit sore. Smoker. Allergies?Cold?Bronchitis?Something else? See a dr?

Productive cough.Runny nose. Both w/ yellow mucus. No fever.Tight chest.Throat a bit sore. Smoker. Allergies?Cold?Bronchitis?Something else? See a dr?

Sinobronchitis: This probably is a sinus infection with bronchitis. You are more at risk due to smoking. If it is recurrent you could have underlying allergies and asthma which could also be a factor. Unfortunately people with asthma smoke at the same frequency as those who are not asthmatic. ...Read more

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Child coughing up green phlegm mean?

Child coughing up green phlegm mean?

Possible infection: May be a bacterial or a viral infection. Best to see your physician for exact diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My son has a painful cough, head, body hurts. He's 5 1/2. I gave him Zarbees honey cough syrup last night, seemed to get worse. What else can I do?

My son has a painful cough, head, body hurts. He's 5 1/2. I gave him Zarbees honey cough syrup last night, seemed to get worse. What else can I do?

Cough/cold: Please treat pain symptoms with something like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help him feel better. I like your choice for cough med - sometimes though, nothing works for coughs, They need to cough to clear increased mucous. Humidity will often help if irritation in airways, so take him in shower and spend 15-30 minutes in the steam. Push a lot of fluids. If short of breath or high fever, to see doctor. ...Read more