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I Have A Cold And Can T Stop Coughing
Hi, I have a cold and it's lasted about 5 days now. How do I get rid of the tickle and cough ASAP? It's hurting me. I want to stop coughing, How?
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
I have a cold and can't breathe i cough most of the night and run a fever this is day 5. I am taking Mucinex (guaifenesin) what else should I do?
Cold w cough: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more
Cold: If you feel up to it then go for it. Be sure you stay well hydrated! good luck! ...Read more
Probably not: Common things are common. If it persists, see a doctor. ...Read more
Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more
Interesting!: I mean, it SOUNDS as if you are purring, but probably it is mucus in the throat that air is whistling by. However, it could also be wheezing, if you have never had it before and don't know what it feels/sounds like. If it is just a cold and you are not at all short of breath or having any pain, not to worry. But if either of the latter, you should be examined with a stethescope. ...Read more
Cold: Drink plenty fluids, chicken soup helps, a decongestant for the nose, a saline nasal spray, Mucinex (guaifenesin) or equivalent for the cough. If the cough persists for more than 5 days, you will need to see a doctor. A viral bronchitis goes away on its own, a bacterial pne needs an antibiotic. ...Read more
Hey.. I wanted to know is it urgent for me to see a Dr. Basically I have a cold and everytime i drink fluids i start to cough instantly?
Well ...: It's definitely urgent if you can't drink anything ... Dehydration is not fun. Sometimes you can see these types of symptoms with disorders involving swallowing (we call it, dysphasia) in people that have reflux disease. Or it could just be a respiratory virus. Without a physical exam, it's hard to say. I'd recommend you get it checked out by your doctor - better safe than sry. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Im on antibotics for strep and now have a cough. If is possible to have a cold in addtion to the strep or what is making me cough.
Throat and 'cold": strept throat only hits the throat, if congested + cough then it i a viral syndrome. It can be very severe but antibiotic will not only not help while it can hurt by causing un-necessary drug resistance. Each wrongful use of ABx can lead to drug-resistance. Cannot use same ABx within 3months if another infection occurs, thus you lose a very precious weapon in your life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Musculoskeletal..,: This pain is probably related to a musculoskeletal pain. Possibilities include cartilage inflammation, muscle strain, rib bruise or even rib fracture. The pain should resolve once the cough resolves. If the pain is present without coughing or sneezing, or is worsening, see your doctor. If the cough persists after the cold resolves, see your doctor. ...Read more
Cough/Pain: If you have severe pain with cough, please go and get an exam from a physician. With severe throat pain, it is a good idea to get a rapid strep test. A full exam will point you in the right direction.Any fever? Know when your pain started, medical history and medications, allergies, what you have tried to help pain. Don't smoke. Good luck. ...Read more
Got a mild concussion 7 days ago. Now have a cold with a cough. Cough isn't horrible but uncomfy for head. Worried cough will hurt head more?
It may: Over-the-counter products containing dextromethrophan/guaifenasin may help improve your cough, and using acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed for the headache may be of benefit as well. Concussion aftercare is very important, and if your headache is still present 7 days later this suggests it was a significant one. Rest often in low-light, avoid eye strain/reading until feeling normal. see your Dr ...Read more
I have a cold where one of my nostrils the right one is all stuffed up. I've taken a cough suppressant that hasn't helped. Please help me?
I have blood streaked mucus and sometimes even small spots of blood in it, that I cough up. I don't have a cold. What could be causing this?
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