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Kennel Cough Treatment
Is antibiotics the first line of cough treatment for an elderly with copd, pulmonary hypertension, and blood clot in leg?
One of many: To treat exacerbation of copd, yes, but often along with other medications such as atrovent (ipratropium) inhaler, etc. All the other problems require their own treatments. I assume this person is under treatment by a physician for these problems? If not, seek one out immediately. ...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
See your doc: It really depends on the source, which may be out of the scope of this forum. I would follow up with your doc for a longer discussion. Two very common causes are acid reflux and seasonal allergies, but this all depends on where you live. You can always consider a trial of allergy or reflux medication, but the better bet is see your doctor. ...Read more
Probably.: But it is best to inform the md or your provider the adverse event that you experience with your breathing treatment. ...Read more
I have a productive cough that keeps me up at night after having bronchitis and not getting treatment for it?
After 14 months of mabthera treatment which i stopped having in feb. I have been having chronic cough attacks. What can I do to stop them?
See ylour doctor: You need to see your md for re-evaluation, and discuss treatment options and alternatives to mabthera. ...Read more
My 03 months son get cold cough, what should be ideal treatment. No ronchi or creps found, what about cough syrup, as there are so controversy?
No cough syrup: Cough syrups aren't given to infants, actually they're not recommended for children under 2 years of age. For a 3 month old, you can use a humidifier and suction out his nose. Saline drops in the nose are useful prior to suctioning. Such a young infant should be seen by his/her pediatrician. ...Read more
I work in a icu, ex smoker, had cough history past 3 months onwards and treatment had taken , pft, montex showed normal. still cough on morning?
See Below: The top 3 causes of chronic cough are in order, post nasal drip>asthma>acid reflux which may be silent. That and an ACE inhibitor cough account for 90ish percent of all chronic cough. Given smoking history I absolutely agree with getting a chest x-Ray. If all of these are not problems and x-Ray is normal consider high res CT. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I feel very evident pain on the two sides of my ribs when I cough. It started yesterday. Please be more explicit on the name,cause and treatment. Thks?
Coiugh/rib pain: several possibilities - strained ribs from hard heavy coughing - try hugging a pillow when you cough - that might ease it pleurisy can also cause painful ribs with cough - the lining of the chest is inflammed and when you cough it hurts. Ibuprofen might help lastly - unlikely - rib fractures due to heavy coughing Hope that helps ...Read more
OTC Meds: Several over the counter medicines can help suppress a cough including delsym or robitussin (guaifenesin). These medicines contain a cough suppressent called dextromethorphan. Other home remedies include cool mist humidifier in your bedroom. There was an excellent study that showed a teaspoon of honey before bedtime suppressed a cough better than dextromethrophan. If your symptoms dont improve call your doctor. ...Read more
Hard to treat: Cough is a basic reflex that keeps us alive. The airway is the most sensitive part of the body for a reason. It keeps food out of our lungs. When the airway is irritated, there is no way to tell the body to ignore it. If the cause of the airway irritation can be found and treated, that can help the cough resolve sooner. Mucus draining down the throat is a common cause of prolonged cough. ...Read more
Tips: 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
Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Expectoration: The best treatment if feasible is expectoration to avoid stagnation and inspissation of mucous in the airways if they are from the lung . If infected, antibiotics is used. Fluid and mucolytics are a good way to start. ...Read more
Many: (1)stop smoking and avoiding exposure to smoke or air pollutants (2)Avoiding the allergens (if identified) (3)Determine the cause for the cough-post-nasal drips, asthma, sinusitis etc. But if you need to consult your doctor re. whether the problem is indeed allergic in the first place, ...Read more
My son is suffering from a persistsnt cough and cold and keeps getting poorly from it onto 3 weeks now what is the best treatment for it?
Cough and cold: Very possibly a sinus infection. A cold will generally resolve on its own in 7-10 days and does not need any specific treatment. 3 weeks likely needs antibiotics. ...Read more
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