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Is Whiskey Good For A Cough
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
On-off cough since a month doc said simple bronchitis coz of viral infection. Had cold earlier. Is it ok to have whisky with friends? Please advise.
What's good for a cough unable to bring it up but it rattles in throat. Tried musinex, delsym (dextromethorphan) cough drops?
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You are 65 and have been coughing and tried different cough meds without relief. We do not have information to advice you. We do not know if you smoke or if you have any underlying disease or if you are taking any medicines etc.
Some meds for BP called ace inhibiters can cause cough, it can be due to bronchitis, asthma, COPD or underlyng diasese in the lungs like pneumonia or cancer
so get it checked. ...Read more
Depends on cause: There are many different reasons for cough. Depending on the specific cause, there is a different treatment. The most common cough suppressant for irritant cough is dm (dextramethorphan). If a cough persists longer than 4-6 weeks, don't suppress---seek cause for specific treatment. ...Read more
Cough can be a symptom of many different disorders and thererore the best medicine is different.
1. Asthma: albuterol or lev-albuterol inhalers
2. Irritant: dextromethorphan (dm)
3. Whooping cough: codeine
4. Sinus infection: antibiotic
5. Allergies: antihistamine
because there are several causes, check with your doctor so see which one is the right one. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: A person with a persistent dry cough can be evaluated by a doctor to see if antibiotics, asthma meds, or allergy meds are needed. Possible causes include viral or bacterial infection, the flu, mild "whooping cough", regular pneumonia, "walking pneumonia", allergic problems, asthma, etc... People with very mild, non-persistent symptoms sometimes find the otc allergy and cough meds helpful. ...Read more
Think whole airway: Upper airway allergies trigger clear, watery discharge along with itch and congestion; this can tickle the back of throat: thus cough - but lower airway involvement must be considered. Allergies can cause cough through asthma-like reactions (or outright cough asthma). Albuterol inhaler +\-montelukast worth a try after oral antihistamines and nasal steroids/antihistamines. ...Read more
ALLERGIC RHINITIS: YES:Allergic rhinitis causes Swelling of nasal mucosa/itchy eyes /post nasal drip. You can do nasal irrigation with Neil Med system. Zaditor (ketotifen) Eye Drops and Claritin & Flonase are all effective. If symptoms persist follow up with your doctor for exam and labs ...Read more
Saline nose drops: A constant nonproductive cough in children is often due to nasal allergies or acid reflux. Rinsing your child's nose with saline rinses and nose drops can help a lot. Prescription nasal steroid sprays can be used in children 2 and older under the advice of a physician as well if allergy is suspected. Talk to your pediatrician about reflux therapy if appropriate. ...Read more
Please see below.: Cold and cough meds are proven not to help and can cause severe side effects. Use saline nose drops and suction the mucus from the nose as often as needed. Also, elevate the head of the crib. If your doctor ok's it, use a humidifier in the room during sleep. If these actions don't help enough, your child needs to see the doctor. ...Read more
Some ideas: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Codeine: I think the best cough syrup for a nine year old whose cough is a post nasal drip and interfering with sleep, both the nine year olds and his parents, is something like Robitussin with Codeine which is available as a generic and though it does not taste very good is usually very effective. I would start with a teaspoon of honey first for milder cases before the codeine. ...Read more
OK: Hopefully, this is no more than 6-8oz twice a week. ...Read more
Are you sure: Are you sure this is the true flu. To be entirely sure you need lab proof. If you have some viral illness it may present much the same. To have the true influenza which is the flu then you usually have a cough. If you do not then it is unlikely the flu although it would mean a mild type of flu. ...Read more
Not a good mix but: I will say it is not a good mix. But it all depends on what kind of cough syrup (what are the ingredients) & the quantity & how often you take it. Same for Tylenol (acetaminophen) dosage & how often & quantity & type of alcohol. It may be safe if you do not exceed two units of alcohol, not more than 650 mgm of Tylenol (acetaminophen) and cough medicine without codeine. As a rule avoid this combination unless above. ...Read more
Use caution: Dhatifen is used in the treatment of asthma and allergic bronchitis, including symptoms of allergic rhinitis or hay fever. It takes days if not weeks of use to be fully effective. It works by moderating an active immune response. I don't believe it would be particularly effective to just use for a random cough. ...Read more