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My baby one year old. She have full cold & cough little bit fever also. What medication is safe to give?

My baby one year old. She have full cold & cough little bit fever also. What medication is safe to give?

URI: Take her in the washroom and let her inhale the steam of a hot shower. At night let her sleep with a vaporizer. Raise her mattress so she is sleeping on an angle. Use salt water nose drops at least four times a day. Rub vaporub on her chest at night. I would not use juice because the sugars may cause diarrhea to add to her discomfort. ...Read more

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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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Cold cough since one week what medication should I take?

Cold cough since one week what medication should I take?

Control symptoms: This may be viral. Control any fever that is present. Over the counter medications that have a nasal decongestant with cough suppressant would work the best. Drink plenty of fluids and get rest. If your symptoms do not improve over the next two days, you should see a doctor. Lack of resolution of symptoms suggests a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What to do for 2 & 8months old having cough and colds for two days? Any medications for the illnesses?

What to do for 2 & 8months old having cough and colds for two days? Any medications for the illnesses?

Symptomatic relief: Colds and coughstemp in 2 and 8 month olds should only be treated with saline nose drops, humidifier and tylenol (acetaminophen) if there is fever. Otc meds are neither safe nor helpful in this age group. However, if the 2 month old has any fever of 101 or has poor feeding, labored breathing or change in color, he should be seen. As for the 8 month old, we see anyone with temp over 102 for more than 24 hours. ...Read more

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Is homeopayhic medication effevtive against allergies regarding recurremt cold and cough?

Is homeopayhic medication effevtive against allergies regarding recurremt cold and cough?

Not usually: There is no scientific proof that they do work but if they work for you, I have no problem with it. This is not to say that herbal medicine has no role it is just that the basis of homeopathic medicine is that even trace quantity (often unmeasurable) of the purported active ingredient would control disease. ...Read more

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I have a pretty bad cold but I am allergic to cough medications. What are some alternative methods to help cough?

I have a pretty bad cold but I am allergic to cough medications. What are some alternative methods to help cough?

You need to be seen: As you may need some other meds than OTC cough syrup, which usually is a combination medication. Not every cough come from your lungs, your sinuses, nose, ears, stomach all can cause cough. So kindly see your doctor for management, good luck ...Read more

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I've cold and cough at the same time, and the cough is non stopping for hours, I'm 40 years old male. Please give me proper medication. Thank you.

I've cold and cough at the same time, and the cough is non stopping for hours, I'm 40 years old male. Please give me proper medication. Thank you.

6 weeks: The cough associated with bronchitis can last for up to 6 weeks. You don't need antibiotics unless you are feverish or short of breath (and other symptoms, then you should see your doctor). You would just need medication to treat the cough, like over the counter cough & cold medications, allergy medications, or even over the counter heartburn medications can help cough that is due to acid reflux. ...Read more

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Had chest congestion 2 weeks ago & don't know that its gone or not. During the 5 day medication got cough & cold. I can feel cough in my chest?

Had chest congestion 2 weeks ago & don't know that its gone or not. During the 5 day medication got cough & cold. I can feel cough in my chest?

ACUTE BRONCHITIS: Your symptoms are consistent with acute bronchitis. You need to be reevaluated labs and CXR done to rule out pneumonia. You will probably need a different course of antibiotics and a nebulizer to give deeper penetration for medication Please get evaluated promptly! If wheezing progressive a course of steroids may be tried ...Read more

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32 weeks pragnant lady cough & cold more then 14 days, taken necessary medication but still unsolved. Will this symtompt continues until delivered?

32 weeks pragnant lady cough & cold more then 14 days, taken necessary medication but still unsolved. Will this symtompt continues until delivered?

Maybe: If you've been screened & treated for any bacterial infection, consider acid reflux causing your cough. If you sleep by a window this may cause your cold symptoms or you might have cold-induced asthma. Make sure you eliminate all dust, pollen, or allergens from your bedroom. Avoid dusty plush toys, curtains, etc. Consider a bedtime antihistamine for your cold symptoms & work with your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What medications can I take for my colds and cough? I'm 6 weeks pregnant. Thanks

What medications can I take for my colds and cough? I'm 6 weeks pregnant. Thanks

Tips: 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 & asmall amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Rest. ...Read more

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Coridian Hbp is the only cold and cough medication I have in the house right now. Can I give this to my 8 year old?

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Coridian Hbp is the only cold and cough medication I have in the house right now. Can I give this to my 8 year old?

Yes but...: If it is day and night, you can give the day pill one pill 2-3 times a day. The night pill acetaminophen dose may be too strong, but won't hurt if given once. However, best to avoid these things for kids. I give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever, pain, zyrtec (cetirizine) for runny nose, honey/lemon tea for cough. Rumor has it rubbing vicks on soles of feet then wearing socks helps cough. ...Read more

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Hello all, I am suffering from cold and cough. Unable to breath properly. Body ache is also there. Could you please suggest me some medication?

Hello all, I am suffering from cold and cough. Unable to breath properly. Body ache is also there. Could you please suggest me some medication?

Need evaluation: If you are not breathing properly, your lung is probably being affected, besides trying tylenol/advil, you may need some inhaler for your lung. You need to see doctor ...Read more

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I have been having a cough for the more than a month at first I thought it was just a regular cold I have tried Nyquil, and other over the counter medications nothing has helped I now get a blood taste when I cough sometimes with green mucus.

I have been having a cough for the more than a month at first I thought it was just a regular cold I have tried Nyquil, and other over the counter medications nothing has helped I now get a blood taste when I cough sometimes with green mucus.

Allergic cough??: You don't mention any fever or production of a lot of mucus or people nearby you (family, coworkers) being ill. That makes me think you might have a cough brought on by a post-nasal drip irritating the back of your throat and making you have a dry hacking, non-productive cough. If you have thickly feeling just a second or so before cough easily treated without antibiotics. (Benzonatate 200 q8h) ...Read more

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Been on zonisamide for two week have sores in mouth and terrible cough is it the medication or just some summer cold?

Been on zonisamide for two week have sores in mouth and terrible cough is it the medication or just some summer cold?

Worth checking: It sounds like a cold, especially if you, have had these same symptoms before you began zonisamide. However, side effects vary. Since this is a newly introduced medication, probably best to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I keep coughing despite taking "strong" doses of prescibed cough/cold medication. Is it a lung-related illness? I have had bronchiolitis in the past.

I keep coughing despite taking "strong" doses of prescibed cough/cold medication. Is it a lung-related illness? I have had bronchiolitis in the past.

See Your Doctor Now: There can several causes for persistent cough; most are directly related to lung disease/illness. However certain conditions of the upper respiratory tract can also generate cough. Duration of your cough is important to know. Cough/cold medication can ease cough but is not therapeutic & can lead to delay seeking medical care. Exam is needed. See your doctor now for prompt diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I'm having red spottings even after my periods get over...N ryt now my suffring from cold, cough and thort pain! And im on 20 days medication for cold.?

I'm having red spottings even after my periods get over...N ryt now my suffring from cold, cough and thort pain! And im on 20 days medication for cold.?

Seek evaluation: Given the length if your illness, if things are not improving see a physician for an exam. You may have a sinusitis or bacterial pharyngitis. ...Read more

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I've had a cold for two weeks and I've recently developed a bad cough. What OTC medication would you recommend for the cough and fatigue? Thanks

I've had a cold for two weeks and I've recently developed a bad cough. What OTC medication would you recommend for the cough and fatigue? Thanks

Cold&cough otc meds: If your cold and cogh is not related to springtime allergy, you can take mucomyst for cough.But if you have nasal symptoms with itcy eyes and sneezing, you can take over the counter Claritin or zyrtec or Allegra with it. ...Read more

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I'm breastfeeding, suffering a cold with running nose, start of a cough. What safe medication could I take beside vitc. Is comitrex safe? Thanks

I'm breastfeeding, suffering a cold with running nose, start of a cough. What safe medication could I take beside vitc. Is comitrex safe? Thanks

OTC antihistamines: When you are breastfeeding, you can generally take meds that were allowed during your pregnancy. You may be able to take over-the-counter antihistamines such as claritin, zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) without any risk. Drink lots of fluids and use saline in your nose. Call your doctor if you have a fever >101 or not improving. ...Read more

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Hello, I have a cough for a few weeks now. It's a dry cough with little flem in throat. I tried cough medications. What to do?

Hello, I have a cough for a few weeks now. It's a dry cough with little flem in throat. I tried cough medications. What to do?

Cough: Cough is usually caused by an infection and starts acutely. Cough usually lasts a <3 weeks. Studies show chronic cough is caused by postinfectious bronchial inflammation, post nasal drip (PND), GERD or asthma around 65-90% of the time. PND most common dx. Tuberculosis can be a concern. If you tried antihistamine and decongestant to treat PND and lasts >2 more weeks see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a cold with a pretty bad cough and a major runny nose what can I do (no medication) are cough drops effective?

I have a cold with a pretty bad cough and a major runny nose what can I do (no medication) are cough drops effective?

OTC meds: Chat with your friendly pharmacist. There are numerous OTC cold medications which address correction of most of your symptoms effectively. Cough syrup containing dextromethorphan (marked DM) is more effective than most. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Is it possible to put alka seltzer cold and cough into a humidifier and breathe in the medication instead of drinking it?

Is it possible to put alka seltzer cold and cough into a humidifier and breathe in the medication instead of drinking it?

No: If want to active ingredients in alka seltzer to enter your body, using a humidifier will prevent this from happening. The medicine will not vaporize efficiently; it will be trapped in the humidifier itself. ...Read more

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I was perscribed a 6 day dose pack of Medrol for a cough and sinus pressure. Is this sufficient? Should I take additional cold medication like dayquil

I was perscribed a 6 day dose pack of Medrol for a cough and sinus pressure. Is this sufficient? Should I take additional cold medication like dayquil

Medrol and sinus: I was perscribed a 6 day dose pack of Medrol for a cough and sinus pressure. Is this sufficient? Should I take additional cold medication like dayquil ANS: strange thing to give for sinus. I would ask the medical professional who gave it to you. ...Read more

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My son has just turned one and seems to be coming down with his first cold (?). Mucus cough and runny nose. No fever. Is medication necessary?

My son has just turned one and seems to be coming down with his first cold (?). Mucus cough and runny nose. No fever. Is medication necessary?

Viral cough and cold: Your child most likely has a viral infection. Medications are not necessary esp at that age, avoid all over the counter cold meds. If your child is uncomfortable and has a fever you may give a fever reducer such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil. When giving these medications make sure you dose it by the child's weight. ...Read more

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Good day, doctors I need Ayurvedic medication colds, mainly cough, am 60, heart patient undergone bypass in 1998, implants icd in 2009 now stable?

Good day, doctors I need Ayurvedic medication colds, mainly cough, am 60, heart patient undergone bypass in 1998, implants icd in 2009 now stable?

Please ask a questio: Go see a homeopath for ayurvedic medicine. The doctors on here give Western medicine /and psychotherapeutic advice based on research. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best nasal medication for chronic cough? I am getting over an upper respiratory infection, I have little to no sputum and am not a smoker.

Nasal medication?: I am not aware of any nasal sprays specifically for cough. Coughs can occur because of "post-nasal drip" which is usually from sinus infection. These coughs may be relatively dry. You are already on an antihistamine and a nasal steroid. Nasal decongestants are habit forming and actually may worsen the problem. If cough is nonproductive and keeping you up at night, dextromethorphan/codeine helps. ...Read more

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I have coughed some grey cough. Very little, but the colour is light grey. I am not a smoker. I was suffering from cold. Iam better now. Is it ok?

I have coughed some grey cough. Very little, but the colour is light grey. I am not a smoker. I was suffering from cold. Iam better now. Is it ok?

If you are better: Now - you may be coughing up some remnants of the stuff that built up in your upper respiratory tract. Hydrate really well. Take care. ...Read more

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What drug to use for 9 month old with cough and cold?

What drug to use for 9 month old with cough and cold?

Avoid Cold medicines: Cough in young children is extremely frustrating for parents. Unfortunately cough medications used in adults don't work in children. Decongestants in combination with cough medications can actually be harmful.
Using guafenesin may be helpful to help secretions stay loose. Increasing fluid intake and humidity in the air can definitely help. Honey (for kids over 12 months) may be a natural remedy. ...Read more