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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?

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?

A cold steam: VAPORIZER may "do the trick". Use it alone or with an OTC (Over the Counter) Nasal steroid spray (eg: Nasocort, RhinoCort)
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


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What can be the cause of a constant cough but I don't have a cold?

What can be the cause of a constant cough but I don't have a cold?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these factors. Treatment depends on precisely what the diagnosis is so see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a persistant dry cough but I don't have a cold?

What to do if I have a persistant dry cough but I don't have a cold?

Could be GERD: Could be gastro esophageal reflux disease, (GERD), which could be treated with Prilosec or other similar products. Another possibility could be a persistent post nasal drip, perhaps allergy related. Try Prilosec for a week or two and see if the symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have a cold and nagging cough?

What do you advise if I have a cold and nagging cough?

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

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I have a cold my side hurts when I cough?

I have a cold my side hurts when I cough?

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

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I wanted to know when you have a cold, what leads to a forced cough?

I wanted to know when you have a cold, what leads to a forced cough?

Reflex....: A cough is a reflex meant to clear foreign bodies, including bacteria and viruses, from your airways to prevent infection in your lungs. So, when you have an upper airway infection, including the common cold, a cough serves to keep this infection from getting to your lungs. ...Read more

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My throat vibrates when I cough but I have a cold is this normal?

My throat vibrates when I cough but I have a cold is this normal?

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

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I have a cold and little cough what can I do for it and does bronchitis go away on its own?

I have a cold and little cough what can I do for it and does bronchitis go away on its own?

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

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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?

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

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I'm 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.?

I'm 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 more

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I have a cold and if I sneeze or cough I have immence back and rib area pain.?

I have a cold and if I sneeze or cough I have immence back and rib area pain.?

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

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I have a cold/minty sensation in my throat - really painful when I cough - what is it?

I have a cold/minty sensation in my throat - really painful when I cough - what is it?

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

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Have a cold n cough on can't seam to get rid of it it's been a week already?

Have a cold n cough on can't seam to get rid of it it's been a week already?

Be patient: A cold or rhinitis is a viral infection. Depending on your immune system, it takes about 3 weeks for complete recovery. Hang in there and if not better in 3 weeks, see your physician. ...Read more

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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

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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 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?

Try otc: pseudoephedrine or nasal spray such as Afrin or Neosynephrine, for short term relief of nasal congestion. If they don't work, you will need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Can be serious prob: There are many possibly causes including but not limited to tuberculosis, pneumonia, or tumor. Also other lung disease. Thus this symptom needs immediate evaluation b/c the possible diagnosis could be dangerous. Please make appoint with your doctor. ...Read more

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It seems like I have a cold, but the symptoms are in my chest only. I don't have a cough and I'm not wheezing. Could I still have bronchitis?

It seems like I have a cold, but the symptoms are in my chest only. I don't have a cough and I'm not wheezing. Could I still have bronchitis?

Follow up: It is still possible, but cough is a common finding during bronchitis. Most bronchitic infections are caused by viral infections. Pulm virtual consult available to discuss. ...Read more

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I have a cold/cough how do I know when its something that needs antibiotics? I feel miserable don't want to go to doc for nothing. I have had it 1 wk

Almost never: Most colds are caused by viruses. Viruses don't respond to antibiotics! If you have a history of asthma, exercise-induced cough, seasonal cough, dry non-productive cough there is a good chance that the cough is secondary to asthma and will respond quickly to the appropriate administration of bronchodilators. Treat and avoid allergens. ...Read more

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About once a day my voice gets hoarse, and I cough up a very small 1/4 inch clot of blood. Don't have a cold. Don't have a cough otherwise. What is it?

About once a day my voice gets hoarse, and I cough up a very small 1/4 inch clot of blood. Don't have a cold. Don't have a cough otherwise. What is it?

Hoarse voice ; blood: Most physcians would suggest that you have an exam with an otolaryngologist (ent). This could be infection or could be cancer. Remember abnormal bleeding is one of the cancer warning signs. ...Read more

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Throught is really painful, blocked ears and every time I swallow I feel pressure on my ears, I don't have a cold or a cough... What could be wrong?

Throught is really painful, blocked ears and every time I swallow I feel pressure on my ears, I don't have a cold or a cough... What could be wrong?

Those darn...: Eustachian tubes! Sounds like you may have Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) They are tunnels that connect each inner ear to the back of your throat. They can get inflamed/painful w/ viral/bacterial infections, as well as just w/ allergies. If they get swollen enough, they can close, so that fluid from your inner ear can't drain well. Talk to doc about decongestant pseudoephedrine & montelukast. ...Read more

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Woke up with chest tightness have a cold but no cough or fever do I have bronchitis will it go away on its own I have uc so k can't take antibiotics?

Woke up with chest tightness have a cold but no cough or fever do I have bronchitis will it go away on its own I have uc so k can't take antibiotics?

Chest pain: Many possible causes for what you describe, no way to advise particulars with the limited information here. Should go see your doctor to find out if something is wrong and what to do. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take my toddler swimming when they have a cold/cough?

Is it ok to take my toddler swimming when they have a cold/cough?

Yes: Swimmiing is fine. In general we can all exercise with a cold or cough. We should not press or work out hard as that can affect the immune system negatively. But swimming for fun with a mild cold is ok. The water should not be too cold either. ...Read more