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How To Treat A Dry Cough In Adults
Cough causes: There are a lot of causes of cough that can range from asthma, lung disease, pneumonia to reflux. Two of the more common causes which cause dry non-productive coughing are laryngopharyngeal reflux (reflux to your voice box, essentially) and ace-inhibitor cough (cough from blood pressure medicine, like lisinopril). Could also be from allergies. Each of these has specific forms of treatment. ...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 on Cause: Otc cough suppressants for children contain mainly dextromethorphan, a mild cough suppressant. Some studies show honey to be equally/more effective for soothing cough (never give to children <1yo). If caused is posterior nasal drip, consider use of antihistamine. If due to inflammation (wheezing) in lungs, child may benefit from bronchodilator tx (albuterol) and/or steroid therapy. ...Read more
Moisturizes air: Humidifiers are generally a water source with a fan and some sort of wick, often fabric.The fan draws air across the wick which adds water to the air. It's best use is in settings where dry heat has extracted moisture from the air and made it dry enough to dehydrate your nasal passages and airway. It is never needed in a humid setting.It does not treat a cold, but makes dry heat less irritating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is chiropractic care appropriate for a 5 and 2 year old? Can it help to resolve frequent ear infections in the older child? What are risk/benefits?
No: Chiropractic is not usually recommended for young children and can not treat infections. Young children are growing and developing and may be seriously injured by manipulations designed for adults. Most chiropractors do not have specialized training in pediatrics. I would recommend seeing your pediatrician and getting appropriate treatment for the ear infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
All natural: Steam up your bathroom with a hot shower and read a story. Your toddler breathing in warm steamy air will help with congestion. As she is over a year old, can also give a teaspoon of honey. The CDC and AAP do not recommend cold medicine for children under 4. http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/community/for-patients/symptom-relief.html ...Read more
What is the best what to trear sorry treat post nasal drip in a 9 year old? It happens quiye frequently.
Diligence required: Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a complex condition mainly due to an inborn defect in the skin's ability to retain water. It requires daily attention for successful control. Good resources for care are : http://nationaleczema.Org and http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/eczema.Html. The first even has brand name recommendations for skin care products and both have links to other useful sites. ...Read more
Mouth Breathing: Can be due to many causes actually, such as a skeletal malocclusion or vertical excess with lip incompetence, macroglossia, nasopharyngeal obstructions (polyps, turbinates, deviated septum), seasonal or domestic allergies with congestion to name a few. Mouth breathing is a symptom of another underlying issue usually so focus should be on identifying and treating that issue and it will be reduced. ...Read more
Diagnose first...: Before a persistent cough can be treated, you first need to know the etiology of the cough. If it is non-productive, possibilities include bronchospasm of any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination. All of these have different treatments. If the persistent cough is productive of sputum, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, again a different treatment. See doctor for diagnosis. ...Read more
Fluid/fluids in food: Water or other fluids are an obvious solution to poor hydration.Many foods also have fluid value and can provide a boost to hydration.Applesauce or similar foods are about 95% water, vegetables are around 60%.Just pushing up fluid value intake to the point they pee every 6 hours will do it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Patch good eye: Over the years, the most consistant approach has been to patch the good eye to encourage greater use of the weaker, "lazy eye". Where this is not possible or feasable, the good eye can be dilated with a cycloplegic such as cyclogel !% 1-2x per day to encourage more intensive use of the weaker eye. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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