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How To Get Rid Of A Smokers Cough
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
Quit smoking!: The most important thing you can do is to quit smoking today! Beyond that, your cough needs to be evaluated by your doctor so the correct diagnosis can be made and treatment initiated. Possible etiologies for this cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these factors. Quit smoking and see your doctor! ...Read more
Get rid of smokers?: Or get rid of the cough. It will not get rid of the smokers, but it will suppress cough to some extent. Smokers cough is usually part of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and any cough suppressant might reduce the cough somewhat, but it will not get rid of it. Stopping smoking and letting the bronchi and lungs heal is what will ultimately get rid of cough. Not sure how you get rid of smokers. ...Read more
Recently smoking a little. Stopping but what else can I do to get rid of what I believe to be a smoker's cough?
May or may not have : You believe you have a "smoker's cough". It's possible. If you do you will usually feel a tickling feeling at the back of the throat just before you cough or feel like a feather is tickling the back of your throat. If that is the case ask your doc to write you a script for benzonate 200 mg q8hrs. It suppresses the cough. ...Read more
Needs Eval...: Possible etiologies for your symptoms include chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Other possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these diagnoses. The most important thing for you to do is to quit smoking today! See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment since all of these possibilities have different treatments. ...Read more
I have been sick over 2 monthsi can't get rid of cough and yellow phlegm. I'm not a smoker. What can I do?
Have you seen doctor: If you have had cough and purulent sputum for over 2 months, you have some kind of serious respiratory infection. While smokers certainly get more of these, non-smokers can get any kind of infection as well. Your doctor needs to examine you, take a full history, probably get samples of your sputum for testing and probably a Chest Xray or other imaging studies of your lungs. See your doc NOW. ...Read more
Non smoker, I have an URI for 8 days now.... How do I get rid of this dry unproductive cough, nothing coming up! Prescription for hydrocodiene syrup not helpin?
See your doctor: After 8 days it is not a usual uri, and may be complicated by a sinus infection or some other respiratory problem. I would see your doctor or health care provider for an examination, and maybe a chest film. ...Read more
Smoker w/ constant cough caused by mucus from nasal passage. Had cough for 6 months & have to use inhaler! How do I get rid of it?!? I can't sleep!
Stop smoking: First, stop smoking, then see a dr. To get diagnosed and treated with medication if necessary. But no treatment will ever be effective, if you do not stop smoking. Best wishes. ...Read more
Depends: It really depends on the cause and duration and you other medical issues. If it is from a cold it will go away but hydration, rest, honey, tea, and over the counter cough medicines may help. In general cough medicines are not that helpful but may be worth a try. If it persists you should see your doctor to evaluate for more sinister causes. ...Read more
Cough: One needs to first identify the cause of the cough before it can be treated. Common causes are certain post nasal drainage, post viral cough, medications such as ace inhibitors, and extraesophageal or laryngopharyngeal reflux. Other more obscure causes can also treatable — eg ear wax impaction. Rarely, a cause cannot be identified. See a medical provider if your cough persists. ...Read more
Remedy: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Depends on cause...: There are many reasons to have a cough and if even one reason is not treated, you will continue coughing. The top reasons include bronchitis, bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip. These etiologies all require different therapies so see your doctor so the proper etiology can be found/treated thus eliminating your cough. The cough duration is an important factor to determine etiology. ...Read more
Cough treatment: The best approach to treat a cough is to identify the cause of the cough. There are many causes and treatment that is specific is more likely to be effective. Continued use of cough suppressants is not the best approach. A lung specialist, pulmonologist or allergist can assist in identifying the cause to find you relief. ...Read more
Need diagnosis...: Cough treatment depends on the etiology of the cough. It could be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, bronchitis, etc. All these diagnoses have completely different treatments so you should see your doc for eval for any cough lasting more than a week or 2. If it is due to a virus, it should run its course within that time. There are many effective prescription treatments. ...Read more
Stop coughing: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Dry cough: It depends on what the cause of the cough is. It can be reflux esophagitis with a sour taste in the mouth and heartburn, asthma worse at night, allergies related, or an upper respiratory infection of some kind, among other things. If a smoker, stop now. There are online helplines and many aids available. Herbal tea with honey and Delsym (dextromethorphan) help relieve cough symptoms from colds. TB needs ruled out. ...Read more
Depends on cause: The key to getting rid of the cough is to figure out what is the cause of the cough. This detective work starts with taking a good history to help decide if it is infectious, asthma, reflux or chronic post nasal drip or a combination of these. If it has been a problem for more than 7-10 days it is time to see your doctor. ...Read more
Diagnosis...: In order to treat a chronic cough, it is necessary to identify the etiology of the cough. Various possibilities include bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, etc. And these possibilities all have different treatments. So, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If you smoke, smoking cessation is needed. ...Read more
Virus vs allergy/PND:
Your symptoms are most likely from a virus which can cause coughing especially in nighttime cool air. If this is a chronic condition it can sometimes be due to allergies or postnasal drip but less common.
Drink plenty of fluids, try zinc lozenges at outset of discomfort in throat/virus starting. Get plenty of rest. See MD if fever develops or severe sore throat. ...Read more
No: Coughing comes from deeper part of your throat than where the rinse is expected to reach. Stopping of cough while using listerine can happen coincidentally, but listerine does not stop coughs. However, keeping the mouth clean is important so that the germs in your mouth won't infect the already irritated throat tissue from coughing. If coughing persists, see a doctor; it is not normal. ...Read more
Need diagnosis: Possible causes of a chronic non-productive cough include post-nasal drip, bronchospasm due to any cause, gerd or even a combination of these problems. Your cough needs to be evaluated by your doctor so the correct treatment can be rendered since all of these have different treatments. If you smoke, you need to quit. ...Read more
Diagnose first...: If this is an acute cough, it is probably due to acute bronchitis caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. A viral infection will run its course but a bacterial infection may require antibiotic therapy. Your doctor can diagnose and treat this. If the cough is chronic, etiologies include bronchospasm from any cause including chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, gerd, post-nasal drip. See doc. ...Read more