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If someone is has a cold can I get sick if they cough around me?

If someone is has a cold can I get sick if they cough around me?

Yes: This is why they should cover their mouth and nose when coughing. However, it is just as important for them to frequently wash their hands and clean up secretions. Also, your own frequent hand-washing or sanitizing, as well as keeping your hands from your mouth and eyes will help prevent the transmission of a cold. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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My husband is a diabetic.He has a cold.With fever.Cough, what can I get for him.And what can I do for his cough.He smokes, ?

My husband is a diabetic.He has a cold.With fever.Cough, what can I get for him.And what can I do for his cough.He smokes, ?

Needs to be checked: 58 years old with history of diabetes and smoking with a cold associated with fever needs to be checked by your pyusician as he may have a bacterial infection like acute bronchitis, acute exacerbation of copd, or pneumonia or sinus infection.Meanwhile make sure he drinks plenty of fluid, refrain from smoking and use an over the counter sugar free cough med like Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm, till he consults his doctor. ...Read more

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What do you think is best to use when your 6 year old child has a cold and cough?

What do you think is best to use when your 6 year old child has a cold and cough?

Love and comfort: Even though we often say "it's just a virus, " that doesn't mean your child isn't miserable! for aches, try Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. For sore throat, gargling to clear out mucous and also help the cough. A spoon of honey or mixed in warm tea also good. At this age otc cough meds ok, but i prefer to address mucous, allow them to cough it out. Nasal congestion-try salt water rinse (neti pot). ...Read more

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2 yr old has a cold accompanied by cough and wheezing. Eating and playing normally. Is the wheezing normal?

2 yr old has a cold accompanied by cough and wheezing. Eating and playing normally. Is the wheezing normal?

Common issue: Many lower respiratory tract infections will trigger wheezing in infants and toddlers. This can vary from minor to so prominent the kid has air hunger and refuses to eat or drink. The tendency tends to decline as the kid grows and diminishes considerably after the age of 5. The older/larger the kid is the more resistant the airways are to this process. ...Read more

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Should milk and other dairy products be avoided when someone has a cold and cough? Does it thicken the mucus/phlegm?

Should milk and other dairy products be avoided when someone has a cold and cough?  Does it thicken the mucus/phlegm?

Maybe: There is no current research to indicate this is true. Many people believe that consuming dairy can promote mucus production and subsequently worsen congestion. Regardless, if consuming dairy makes you feel like you have thicker mucus then avoid during the common cold. ...Read more

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Wife is pregnant, she has a cold and a dry cough what can she take to help that doesn't affect the baby?

Wife is pregnant, she has a cold and a dry cough what can she take to help that doesn't affect the baby?

Rest: Rest, fluids, and time are the safest.Plain Robitussin or cough drops can help.The NIH actually did a study proving that chicken soup really does help.Hot tea with honey and lemon can sooth as can inhaling steam and gargling with warm salt water.If she needs more she should check with her doctor.If it is influenza she may need an antiviral like tamiflu (oseltamivir) or even hospitalization.Hope she feels better ...Read more

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My daughter is 4 years old and she has a cold a cough I gave her some cold medicine is she young for cough drops?

My daughter is 4 years old and she has a cold a cough I gave her some cold medicine is she young for cough drops?

Yes!: Small hard lozenges/candies are a high risk for accidental chocking at this age. Right now, cough/cold medication research has shown that they are pretty ineffective and should not be used in children. All moms wish to do something to help our sick child but don't waste your money or risk unnecessary side effects. This article may help you make more informed choices. http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/kids-cold-medicines-new-guidelines ...Read more

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I have recently been diagnosed with pneumonia what are the chances of my 7 month old catching it? She already has a cold and cough but was checked

I have recently been diagnosed with pneumonia what are the chances of my 7 month old catching it?  She already has a cold and cough but was checked

Pneumonia: Term applies to infection of lung and whether it is communicable to family will depend on the causative agent. Some are not transmissible by inhalation. If she has a cold and cough this may be viral or atypical pneumonia and she should recover rapidly. Be alert for any changes in behavior or symptoms and go back to pediatrician asap if there is any question. Babies get very sick very quickly. ...Read more

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My son is asthmatic and he has a cold what cough medicine would be best to give him to clear up the congestion?

My son is asthmatic and he has a cold what cough medicine would be best to give him to clear up the congestion?

Asthma and cold: Make sure your son has a maintenance regimen and asthma action plan. When a viral trigger sets in, employ the necessary treatment in his action plan and maintain good hydration. Cough medicines often contain antihistamines and decongestants that can dry up mucus in his bronchial tubes and aggravate his asthma. Expectorants like guafenesin often do not help. Drinking lots of fluids usually helps. ...Read more

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