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How To Get Rid Of A Viral Cough
Have a viral chest infection. Inhaler for that, but can't get rid of the terrible cough. Any tips so I can get a nights sleep?
Steroids: Your viral infection may be triggering a more severe asthma type cough and the bronchodilating inhaler I suspect you are using may need to be augmented with a short course of steroids. You may also need to have a chest x-ray to make sure you don't have pneumonia. If it continues you should see your doctor. ...Read more
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
Viral infection: Depending upon the virus there is often very little available to alter the course of illness unless this is a herpes virus, influenza virus, hepatitis b or c, HIV or other retroviruses. The average viral infection will just have to run its course and be treated symptomatically. ...Read more
Depends on situation: There are few treatments if any for most viral infections. Influenza & HIV are well known cases where antivirals are helpful but most must run their course & be cured by the bodies immune system. Monitoring for dehydration or treatable secondary infections is important. Proper rest & diet is the most helpful supportive care. Rarely viruses can kill, the overwhelming majority do not. ...Read more
How do u get rid of a viral eye infection and how contagious is it? My eye dr says I can't go back to work for 7 days
Give it time: For most viruses, like the common cold, the illness is treated symptomatically untill recovery occurs. In some cases such as measles, chicken pox or flu, vaccines provide protection from infection. In other cases including shingles, hepatitis and hiv, treatments exist that may promote healing once the virus is established. Talk to you physician for more details. ...Read more
Time: Viral conjunctivitis, like a viral respiratory infection runs its course over a 10-14 day period of time. Medications taken durning a viral illness, be it in the eye or other or system are supportive only. They protect from bacterial superinfections and treat the symptoms of the viral infection. ...Read more
Depends: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so antibiotic eye drops are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course in 7-10 days. It can be very contagious, spreading from one eye to the other or to other people. Hand washing is essential. To be certain it is not a more serious bacterial or fungal infection, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Why does viral gastro sometimes cause vomiting and diarrhoea if those two symptoms don't do anything to get rid of the virus?
They are symptoms: There are viral particles in your emesis and stool, but the virus causes inflammation that lasts for days so you can have vomiting and diarrhea for days. The damage that virus causes lasts longer, sometimes weeks. When virus destroys the absorptive layer of your guts, it can take a while to regenerate, and meanwhile, your food doesn't get digested as well and diarrhea continues. ...Read more
What is a viral rash & how do I get rid of one? Causing red itchy bumps in random places that come & go. Doc said side effect of post-viral bronchitis
viral rashes could vary in nature from macules and papules due to chicken pox and mononucleosis to hives, which can last for a long time. Red itchy bumps suggest hives. Viruses come to our body, enter the cells of different types and take over the management of the affected cells just like a new manager. Our immune system reacts by antibodies to reject them, and will eliminate them. ...Read more
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 throat pain.
Consider adding 2 tsp of slippery elm bark to 1 cup of hot water (steep for at least 5 minutes in a covered teapot). Drink this as needed to relieve pain or a few times per day. Slippery elm bark lozenges are helpful. ...Read more
Viral sore throat - I feel it coming & no il be wrecked 4 days or wks. 31yrs old, tonsils removed 6 yrs. Can I get rid of this virus or prevent at all?
Moderate it: Once you have the early symptoms you will hve to suffer what ever course your particular virus dictates. You should stay warm, hydrate yourself and many have relief by taking an antihistamine such as chlorpheneramine (side effect = sleepiness). Which can attenuate the course. Isolate yourself as best as you can so as not to spread this to others. ...Read more
Got hand foot and mouth, brown spots and bumps on my palms, spots make hands numb, and won't go away, how do u get rid, viral does not go, what can b?
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 different 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 is 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 night time 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