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How could I know if my daughters tickly cough is because of kittens?

How could I know if my daughters tickly cough is because of kittens?

Antihistamines: Two things: if she always coughs when around the kittens... Likely causing allergy. Second, try an antihistamine for when you expect her to be around the kittens.. If the cough is not present ... Likely an allergy to cats. Cats are more allogenic than dogs. ...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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My little baby has a lot of difficulties to breath. I think it is because pollution. What can I do?

My little baby has a lot of difficulties to breath. I think it is because pollution. What can I do?

?age?: 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. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline ; suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment ; this will happen less. ...Read more

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What is the incubation period of mumps? My friend has it and I'm worried I might get it now. He's been coughing and sneezing around me a lot.

What is the incubation period of mumps? My friend has it and I'm worried I might get it now. He's been coughing and sneezing around me a lot.

Mumps: According to the CDC, the average incubation period for mumps is 16 to 18 days, with a range of 12 to 25 days. Clinical Features. Mumps usually involves pain, tenderness, and swelling in one or both parotid salivary glands (cheek and jaw area). It is spread through direct contact with respiratory secretions or saliva or through fomites (foreign objects). Get immunized and stay away is best. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my little sister has bronchitis, and my throat is starting to hurt bad. can I catch bronchitis from her?

What do you suggest if my little sister has bronchitis, and my throat is starting to hurt bad. can I catch bronchitis from her?

Sore throat: Clearly you are using someone else's account and you are likely a very young minor since you don't reveal your age or any other medical history. If you suspect you may have contracted an infection, please talk to your parents and may need to be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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My 16 month old son has a very bad dry crackling cough and when he coughs it sounds horrible and hard to cough what can I do to get rid of this asap?!

My 16 month old son has a very bad dry crackling cough and when he coughs it sounds horrible and hard to cough what can I do to get rid of this asap?!

Time for a visit: The possibilities for a horrible crackly cough range from a chest cold to bronchitis to an asthma flare up or pneumonia.If it is as bad as you describe & interfering with sleep , fluid intake or appetite, it would be good to have him evaluated. ...Read more

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What is going on with my throat? What kind of doctor should I see? I remember when i was younger it felt like what i'm guessing is my esophagus was burning. My parents would tell me to drink water, it never helped. Sometimes my throat would get so dry i w

What is going on with my throat? What kind of doctor should I see? I remember when i was younger it felt like what i'm guessing is my esophagus was burning. My parents would tell me to drink water, it never helped. Sometimes my throat would get so dry i w

Even : Even though i can't tell for sure what is going on without examining you, it sounds a lot like you might have gastroesophageal reflux disease. The symptoms include: - heartburn - sore throat - "lump in the throat" sensation or difficulty swallowing - acidic or sour taste in your mouth - dry cough - hoarseness - regurgitation (wet burps) symptoms are often worse while laying down or with weight gain you should see an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) or a gastroenterologist. In the meantime, there are many things you can try in order to improve your symptoms: - try antacids such as Tums (calcium carbonate) or maalox or try an acid reducer such as ranitidine (zantac) or Famotidine (pepcid). - try to get back down to a healthy weight - eat smaller meals - avoid heartburn triggers such as soda, tomato, citrus, caffeine - if you smoke - stop smoking - wait at least three hours after a meal before laying down good luck! ...Read more

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What can I do if my baby has a cough, would day old paint fumes have caused this?

What can I do if my baby has a cough, would day old paint fumes have caused this?

Possible..: Environmental irritants can indeed cause a cough. Baby airways are very sensitive, so things that don't bother you can still bother them. If possible, air out the house today, make sure there is adequate humidity in baby's environment, and if not improving over the next couple of days or new associated symptoms like fever, then see your doc. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child is 13 years old she has always had post nasal drip. it really bothers her and she constantly gets a really bad cough can this be cured?

What do you suggest if my child is 13 years old she has always had post nasal drip. it really bothers her and she constantly gets a really bad cough can this be cured?

PMD : If the cough is due to post nasal drip it may be related to allergies. Allergy testing can determine what she is allergic to and then she can be treated with medications like antihistamines and nasal steroids/nasal antihistamines. Over the counter nasal saline is also helpful. Other causes of cough in child include infection, GERD(reflux), or asthma. It is important to see a doctor to find out why ...Read more

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Can being a alpha-1 mz carrier be the cause why my my daughter coughs to the point of vomiting almost every night? How do I help her coughing?

Can being a alpha-1 mz carrier be the cause why my my daughter coughs to the point of vomiting almost every night? How do I help her coughing?

Post tussive emesis: Is more commonly found with pertussis, but some people have a stronger gag reflex. What exactly is your daughters full diagnosis? Night cough is common with asthma, and vomiting up a stomach full of snot in the morning is common with post nasal drip in kids too young to blow their nose. ...Read more

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How to get rid of phlegm mucus I have been having problems with a lot of phlegm thick mucus I have been to doctors they do not now what it is how do I get rid of this, I have tries cough and cold, an nothing is working, it is very hard to swollow an it fe

How to get rid of phlegm mucus I have been having problems with a lot of phlegm thick mucus I have been to doctors they do not now what it is how do I get rid of this, I have tries cough and cold, an nothing is working, it is very hard to swollow an it fe

If : If you haven't already done so, i would seek out a good local ENT in your area for a thorough history and exam that could include nasal endoscopy to evaluate for possible sinus origin, indirect mirror or flexible scope exam of your throat, etc. Depending on findings, you may need ct imaging of your sinuses, in the mean time, if your mucous is thick and sticky, Mucinex (guaifenesin) (otc) is a safe medication that can help thin the mucous so it is more easily transported through your upper nasal and sinus passages. Try to drink enough water to stay well hydrated.Gargling with salt water also may help break up some of the phlegm. If you are a smoker this is counterproductive as it incites an inflammatory mucosal response and stimulates more mucous production. ...Read more

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How would I know if my baby has strep throat if all I see is the stuffy nose?

How would I know if my baby has strep throat if all I see is the stuffy nose?

Have it tested: Babies do get strepa disease & it may be more nasal than throat & can be anal sores. The only way to verify is thru teating.A quick test that takes a few minutes is available in many primary care offices.If your baby had a known exposure & is showing symptoms a visit is worthwhile.You do have several days to treat before strep might trigger complications. No fever?No change in behavior? Doubt it. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my sister has asthma and also whenever i suck on a cough drop, my itchiness in the throat goes away, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my sister has asthma and also whenever i suck on a cough drop, my itchiness in the throat goes away, what do you suggest?

Cough: If you are worried about your asthma, see your doctor. Mention about your cough, sister's asthma ; your worry about asthma in your self. You may want to see a specialist - pulmonologist or an allergist. There are very good ; simple tests to rule out asthma. Most pulmonogists can offer those. Eg. Methacholine challenge test. ...Read more

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My wife is about 12 weeks pregnant and has chest pain when she coughs. But it is a dry cough. What can it be and how do we treat the cough.

My wife is about 12 weeks pregnant and has chest pain when she coughs.  But it is a dry cough.  What can it be and how do we treat the cough.

Depends: First if she coughing , why she is coughing should be checked in to and treated. If its a simple cold usually plain Robitussin (guaifenesin) is allowed. If its allergies asthma or other issues you would need more specific treatment. Always check in with your ob/gyn before taking anything. ...Read more

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My niece has fever, aches everywhere, sore throat and coughing! she says it feels like the flu but we didn't think it was the time of year for the flu! what do u think this could be?

My niece has fever, aches everywhere, sore throat and coughing! she says it feels like the flu but we didn't think it was the time of year for the flu! what do u think this could be?

Flu like illness...: Or, it could be the flu. The signs of flu are just what you list: sudden onset of fever, body aches, and severe cough, plus or minus other symptoms like sore throat, vomiting, headache, etc.. There are, however, other things it could be, so if it goes on longer than a couple of days, it's best to have her looked at by a doctor. ...Read more

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My 11 month old has the runs and i know its because hes teething but his butt is really irritated is it something i can do to make his bowls harder?

My 11 month old has the runs and i know its because hes teething but his butt is really irritated is it something i can do to make his bowls harder?

Contact Dermatitis: The diapar area is irritated because of the irritant materials in the stool. Everytime he moves his bowel, immediately clean with lukeworm water, dry dabbing, then put decitin, a and d, butt paste or vaseline. Diarrhea is self limiting.Continue pedialyte for each watery stool. Give bananna, rice, applesauce, yogort, chicken/soup. Avoid too much juice. ...Read more

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My 11th month old has a cough and I am freaking out cause of that virus going on is there anyway to know if it's gonna turn Into that ?

My 11th month old has a cough and I am freaking out cause of that virus going on is there anyway to know if it's gonna turn Into that ?

Not really.: I think you're referring to Enterovirus 68 that has been unusual active recently. Specific tests for E-68 aren't available in most clinical labs.. While E-68 usually runs a course similar to the common cold, it can cause serious respiratory distress, especially in kids with asthma. Don't freak out but do get prompt care if your child has difficulty breathing, as opposed to just having a cough. ...Read more

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My daughter has had bloody noses since she was very small. Lately they are the worst I have seem them . What is the best way to stop.Them? Air is d

My daughter has had bloody noses since she was very small.  Lately they are the worst I have seem them .  What is the best way to stop.Them?  Air is d

See ENT: The most common cause of nosebleeds that i see is allergies. The vessels in the nose become very fragile and bleed at the slightest irritation. Vaseline up the nose twice a day for three weeks helps that. If the nosebleeds are becoming more frequent or harder to stop, it is time to see the ENT for evaluation. ...Read more

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Do you know why my son can not breath. It happens when he is running. Dr says he has not asthma. But my son turns red and complains that he can't brea?

Do you know why my son can not breath. It happens when he is running. Dr says he has not asthma. But my son turns red and complains that he can't brea?

Exercise-induced sx: It is highly possible that he has exercise-induced asthma (no symptoms at rest, only when physically active as when playing sports/running etc..If he had regular prenatal care with ultrasounds etc..Heart problem is less likely. Your doc may do breathing test in office, or a trial of inhaler use before exercise. If use of inhaler before sports help his symptoms, then u have the diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is coughing and it sounds like how I cough when I get pnemonia. But his mom is refusing to take him to the Dr. What can I do to help?

My boyfriend is coughing and it sounds like how I cough when I get pnemonia. But his mom is refusing to take him to the Dr. What can I do to help?

Evaluation: If he is short of breath, or has a fever, or looks blue, or has sharp pain in the chest when coughing, go immediately for an evaluation (your doctor, urgent care, or the ER). Get him checked if he looks worse or doesn't appear to be getting better in 1-2 days. ...Read more