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How To Get Rid Of Itchy Throat And Cough
Dry itchy throat: Find out why. Is your bedroom low of humidity? Are you allergic to something. Perhaps you have a sick building syndrome at work or home. Perhaps someone could cleans you air ducts or an air filter would help. ...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
Depends: The cause of the sore throat is the defining feature here. If it strep throat, antibiotics; if viral, time will help; if due to other sources, it depends upon what they are. You can gargle with saline or local anesthetic combinations available otc, but this depends upon how badly your throat hurts. Good luck, . ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Give it time: If this is relatively recent then it will probably resolve on its own as the tissue heals up. Most of these colds are from viruses and do not need antibiotics. If it is not clearing up and has been several weeks or has colored discharge you may want to see your dr. Always see a dr. If it has been more than a month. ...Read more
Care: Rest, hydrate well with water & stay far, far away from cigarette smoke. You can keep mucosa moist with a humidifier. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Slippery elm bark lozenges are another option. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. ...Read more
No miracle cures: Patience. Rest. Fluids. These three are the best interventions. If you need to take something to get you feeling well enough to go to work or school take a non-steroidal antiinflammatory agent like tyleno or advil, a decongestant like Mucinex (guaifenesin) d and some hard candies or cough drops. Plan to cut back on your activities. No one will appreciate your showing up if you make them sick as well. ...Read more
Sore throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have Strep Throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider Tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: Mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle with Aloe Vera juice twice a day. gargle several times a day. ...Read more
Support immune syste: Try salt water gargles twice daily, increase fluids to the amount of ounces = to half your weight in pounds, make sure you are getting adequate sleep to restore your immune system (7.5-8 hours/night). You can also add vitamin c and zinc to your regimen to support immune system. Most often the cause is viral and unless symptoms persist, i would not recommend antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Supportive care: The best thing to get over a sore throat quickly is following the basics that parents are always suggesting: good sleep, hydration, good hand washing, and pain relief (throat lozenges as needed). If it does not resolve after a week, you should follow up with your doctor to make sure it is nothing more concerning. ...Read more
Depends: Sounds like a viral infection and thus only time would get rid of it. Most colds from a virus go away after 7 to 10 days if not sooner. If the sore throat is bothersome, otc sore throat products may help. For the runny nose, if too bothersome, ask your doctor to prescribe a nasal spray for you to try. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Salt water gargle : Salt water gargle and lozenge use. I recommend a vitamin c lozenge with is soothing and may help the soft tissues resist the virus. Numbing lozenges like chloraseptic/cepacol or even halls can help. You can alternate between a soothing hard candy and a numbing lozenge for best relief. ...Read more
Fluids and rest: Fluids and rest.Get a more detailed answer ›
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