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My baby is having a mouth ulcer on the back of his throat. He is 11months old and weighs 9.6 kilos. And he is having a mild cough too. Help doc.?

My baby is having a mouth ulcer on the back of his throat. He is 11months old and weighs 9.6 kilos. And he is having a mild cough too. Help doc.?

Watch hydration: A mouth ulcer in a baby can be a serious illness. The initial exposure to herpes virus, for example, can produce significant symptoms including dehydration because swallowing can be quite painful. If you sense any of these issues, be sure to get to a pediatrician ASAP. ...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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My child has had a low grade fever and some cold symptoms since Monday (mild cough).Today he developed hives as well. What can I do aside from Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

My child has had a low grade fever and some cold symptoms since Monday (mild cough).Today he developed hives as well. What can I do aside from Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Hydration & perhaps: A longer acting antihistamine like zyrtec or claritin (loratadine) (depending on your childs age). It sound like your child had a viral upper respiratory illness, & hives are often associated with viral illnesses, along with many other possible causes (food, medications, environmental exposures, etc). Hives often get worse the 1st few days, then get gradually better. If wheezing, swelling develop see Dr ASAP. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had a mild cough for 3 weeks?

What to do if I have had a mild cough for 3 weeks?

M.D. visit: Since you have had the cough for three weeks, an evaluation is recommended. Cough can be caused by a number of conditions including asthma, reflux and aspiration, post infectious inflammatory changes in the lung. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: mild cough?

What is the definition or description of: mild cough?

You can sleep.: "mild cough" is in the eye of the beholder. If you're eating and sleeping and getting through your day, you have a mild cough. Anything that interferes with activities of daily living is not a mild cough. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have had a mild cough for 3 weeks?

What do you suggest if I have had a mild cough for 3 weeks?

See below: If you've had a viral illness recently, nothing. The residual cough can take weeks to get rid of. If not, I would see a pulmonologist ...Read more

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What is considered a constant cough? I have been coughing for a couple of weeks (3-4) but it is infrequent. Is this considered a constant or mild cough?

What is considered a constant cough? I have been coughing for a couple of weeks (3-4) but it is infrequent. Is this considered a constant or mild cough?

Mild cough: Your cough would be considered a mild cough. As the name implies, a constant cough usually means a non stop cough with little respite between salvos of cough. ...Read more

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I am suffering from ashthma cough when I am slip and wake at morning mild cough on my sinus?

I am suffering from ashthma cough when I am slip and wake at morning mild cough on my sinus?

Go see your doctor: Cough is often a symptom of poorly controlled asthma so if you're coughing regularly, you need better control of your asthma. You didn't list any medications so you need to go see your doctor. I don't know about india but in states, we recommend inhaled corticosteroids & long acting beta agonists to prevent asthma attacks & short acting beta agonists as rescue agents. Leukotriene inhibitors, too. ...Read more

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I've had a mild cough for 2 months and it just won't go away any clues to what it is? I also have no allergies btw or none that I know of.

I've had a mild cough for 2 months and it just won't go away any clues to what it is? I also have no allergies btw or none that I know of.

Acid reflux maybe: A persistent, non productive cough may be caused by postnasal discharge or acid reflux. Try elevating the head of your bed when you sleep using a bed wedge or blocks under the head of the bed. Avoid eating 3 hours before bedtime and you can take an otc acid medication like Prilosec or Prevacid (lansoprazole) one hour before dinner. If your problems persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I developed a mild cough with phlegm, it's been a week and getting better. About how long do coughs last? The phlegm is white not very thick. Wat 2take

I developed a mild cough with phlegm, it's been a week and getting better. About how long do coughs last? The phlegm is white not very thick. Wat 2take

Cough duration: A cough from simple bronchitis can last anywhere from a few days to a couple months. Most last a week or so and resolve. Coughs lasting longer than 2 months need more evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have mild cough but my voice sounds like a smokers?

See you doctor: For an evaluation of your mouth and throat. Some internists and family physicians are familiar with the techniques to look directly or indirectly into the larynx and visualize it and the vocal cords. However, most would probably refer you to an ENT specialist who has the training and equipment to do this. Are you a smoker? If so, stop. In either case, someone needs to take a look at the anatomy. ...Read more

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I take hydroxizine Pam 25mg for anxiety, and I have a mild cough, what OTC medicine is safe for me to take?

I take hydroxizine Pam 25mg for anxiety, and I have a mild cough, what OTC medicine is safe for me to take?

Non-sedating ones: Since hydroxyzine is sedating, anything you take (Benadryl (diphenhydramine) etc) with a sedating property will be additive. There is also some cardiovascular risk from hydroxyzine for people with certain kinds of heart disease. ...Read more

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I inhaled a piece of apple and now have a mild cough (1day). Do I need a bronchoscopy, or should I give it more time?

I inhaled a piece of apple and now have a mild cough (1day). Do I need a bronchoscopy, or should I give it more time?

See pulmonologist: I would be evaluated. If you have a foreign body in your airway, it can cause infection, scarring or worse, airway obstruction. ...Read more

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Choked on water and I coughed most of it out (i think) at the time, but now (about 18 hours later) I have a mild cough. Could this be anxiety or what?

Choked on water and I coughed most of it out (i think) at the time, but now (about 18 hours later) I have a mild cough. Could this be anxiety or what?

Anxiety: If you choked on a little water, and all came out and then you are probably anxious unless you aspirated a lot then you should get checked up. I think you should be fine. ...Read more

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Mild cough for several days, not very thick mucus, now considerable blood in mucus, 47 years old, weed smoker. Can I wait to see doc? Thanks!

Mild cough for several days, not very thick mucus, now considerable blood in mucus, 47 years old, weed smoker. Can I wait to see doc? Thanks!

Well...: You seem to have enough symptoms to warrant an examination. If you do have a fever you should see a Dr. Today. The prognosis of a pneumonia is directly related to how fast treatment is started.
If you have a bronchitis, it could wait till tomorrow.
And the again, why wait, you could be on your way to recovery faster ...Read more

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7 days ago wake up from sleep I found chest irritation and mild cough. . but I still feel there was mucus in may chest cant be removed. Male, age 26?

7 days ago wake up from sleep I found chest irritation and mild cough. . but I still feel there was mucus in may chest cant be removed. Male, age 26?

Mgt: Most such illnesses are caused by a virus. Sometimes there can be a prolonged illness, and if you are still coughing after three weeks, or if you have any problems breathing, I would advise a follow up with your doctor.
In the meantime, drink clear fluids, monitor your temperature, keep nasal passages clear with saline solution, and rest. A yearly flu vaccination is also suggested, per your doctor ...Read more

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I have a fever I keep getting the chills I have a mild cough and a very bad headache?

I have a fever I keep getting the chills I have a mild cough and a very bad headache?

Nonspecific symptoms: You may be suffering from a bacterial or viral infection. It is always best to get checked by your doctor to narrow things down. ...Read more

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My son Nathan has a mild cough and runny noise but no fever should I take him to the hospital or not?

My son Nathan has a mild cough and runny noise but no fever should I take him to the hospital or not?

Trust your instincts: It sounds like he has a cold. Unless he is having trouble breathing or a fever that doesn't respond to medication then you can use your judgement. If you think he really looks ill and you are worried then always trust your instincts. If he just has a mild cold then there is no reason to go to the ER. ...Read more

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My son has already had tamil flu and a mild case of the flu he is now running a fever and has a mild cough. Could it be the flu again?

My son has already had tamil flu and a mild case of the flu he is now running a fever and has a mild cough. Could it be the flu again?

Yes: In a given year there are at least 5 strains of the flu circling the globe at any one time. They occur in higher frequency in cooler seasons when people share the same spaces indoors, abut can skip around the globe aided by air travel and asymptomatic carriers. Flu shots help some, but are limited to 4 strains/shot before loosing strength. This could also be one of many other respiratory viruses. ...Read more

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Chest tight when breathing in mild cough?

Chest tight when breathing in mild cough?

Tight chest: You may have asthma. See an allergist for evaluation and possible treatment. ...Read more

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Pin point chest pain, loss of voice, mild cough and congestion.?

Pin point chest pain, loss of voice, mild cough and congestion.?

Laryngitis: You have all the symptoms of a viral upper respiratory infection.As emergency therapy you can steam yourself in a hot dhower, drink tea and lemon and see your doctor for further therapy. ...Read more

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If I have a mild cough, mild fever & aches do I need to go to the er?

If I have a mild cough, mild fever & aches do I need to go to the er?

PCP: If the symptoms worsen and you have risk factors of it being anything other than a common cold, go see your primary care or urgent care, I agree with no on er. ...Read more

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I've been taking nyquil and dayquil for poss. Laryngitis. Had it 3 days now, have mild cough, sneezing and no voice. What is best OTC for it?

I've been taking nyquil and dayquil for poss. Laryngitis. Had it 3 days now, have mild cough, sneezing and no voice. What is best OTC for it?

Laryngitis: Boil freshly sliced, peeled ginger root in water until the tea is tan. Add 3 tbsp of honey. Sip to help relieve sore throat pain and to accelerate healing of laryngitis. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. *. ...Read more

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Is it normal to cough (just 1 mild cough at time) and clear your throat a few times a day, mostly when coming in from outside? Is it a cough or normal

Is it normal to cough (just 1 mild cough at time) and clear your throat a few times a day, mostly when coming in from outside? Is it a cough or normal

A little cough: Cough is a healthy defense mechanism to clear our airways. A little cough is nothing to worry about unless it is daily and productive of sputum or if associated with other symptoms. In your case, it is most likely caused by some allergies or a mild case of asthma. Consult with your primary doctor if the cough is bothersome. You may try taking Zyrtec 10 mg once daily for allergies. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Mild Cough (Definition)

"mild cough" is in the eye of the beholder. If you're eating and sleeping and getting through your day, you have a mild cough. Anything that interferes with activities of daily living is ...Read more