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Natural Remedies For Scratchy Throat And 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
Sore throat: I like to inhale eucalyptus oil mist. Use a humidifier and drip 5-10 drops of eucalyptus oil (don't make it very strong) and inhale it through your nose. Eucalyptus soothes mucosal membranes and appeases cough and scratchy throat. Make sure the mist is lukewarm and not hot. ...Read more
Some options.: Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced organic ginger. Steep for at least five minutes in a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 tbs of honey ; sip. ...Read more
Voice rest: And salt water gargles and rest. If this is not a result of cheering for your team then it may be the start of a viral sore throat.Back to answer # 1:voice rest, warm saline gargles and personal rest. I'd also advise chicken noodle soup as well. If mom can prepare it you'll recover faster. ...Read more
Salt water gargles: And lozenges, if no improvement see your doctor ...Read more
How to cure a scratchy throat, that causes me to cough forcefully. It is very irritated and causes me to cough. Have asthma also?
Check with your doc: Your lung doc should evaluate.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have a scratchy throat but I'm no longer sick (cold) and my voice doesn't sound normal what can I take? I try to cough to clear it but doesn't work.
There is an employee who does not bath. We share a seat in a truck and I've developed a cough and scratchy throat. I need health risk info to give bos?
Can't say: I am not aware of any published cases of health problems from being exposed to body odor. I do not think you should need "health information" - lack of good personal hygiene should be an issue for your boss, other employees and any of the public who this employee interacts with. You may have some kind of allergy, though. You would need to see your doctor to evaluate this and give you a note. ...Read more
I have the worst feeling throat I've ever felt - scratchy throat, mucus, soreness, dryness, and a terrible cough. What could be the cause and how can I get better?
Sounds like a: Cold.Get a more detailed answer ›
If my 2 year old aspirated part of a sucker 24 hrs ago, would he have other symptoms besides occasional cough and scratchy throat.
I've had a scratchy throat and dry cough for a month. I wake up without a voice, it comes back, then starts to go again by night time.
Antihistamine: You sound like you are having symptoms realted to environmental allergies. Itchy eyes (with redness, tearing, and irritation) along with a runny nose, sneezing and a scratchy throat are hallmarks of allergies. I would recommend an over the counter antihistamine like Claritin and a drop called zaditor (ketotifen). Cool compresses can also help with the eye itch. ...Read more
Hard 2 know!: You have symptoms of uri, strep throat, viral pharyngitis and it could be many other things. If you treat this symptomatically with warm saline gargles, acetamenophen or ibuprofen, rest and liquids and you continue to have issues or worsen, see your pcp. Strep throat is a concern. ...Read more
Very possible: It's very possible that you have been exposed to a virus. Watch your symptoms for increased fever, and other worsening signs of a more significant illness. Drink plenty of fluids, get good rest and eat well. If getting worse after 5-7days consider getting a consult. Always be seen if significant worsening. Gargling warm salt water and plain Robitussin (guaifenesin) may help symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more
Have moderate hoarseness with a mild scratchy throat. Aside from rest, fluids, cough drops, any suggestions?
Not really: Let it run its course. But if your symptoms worsen you need to be seen. ...Read more
Scratchy throat sinuses bothering me first day sign of a cold or is this hear burn related what's the best remedy as I have a trip in 1 week?
Likely virus: Your sinuses should not be congested from gastroesophageal reflux ("heartburn"), although that can cause scratchy throat. You might have an early virus. To get better quickly, get 8 hours of sleep a night, drink plenty of fluids and possibly consider a zinc supplement. Vitamin C (250mg/ day), when taken regularly, may shorted your colds by a half day. Prevent colds with good hand hygiene. ...Read more
I am on vacation and have prescription amoxicillin with me. I have a scratchy throat, slight cough caused by the tickle. Can I take it? I'm in sun
DON'T DO IT! Bad Idea: Antibiotics should only be taken when it's clear you have a bacterial infection sensitive to that antibiotic. The vast majority of sore throats are viral & antibiotics will do more harm than good, impairing immune function, killing friendly flora & can cause diarrhea & yeast infections. Pelargonium sidoides, an herb sold at health food stores as Umcka, is more likely to help- also zinc lozenges. ...Read more
I feel like I have a bit of a cold, a really scratchy throat and a cough, is there something that's been going around lately? I usually never get sick and when I do it's usually just minor and goes away in a day or so. This one is kind of sticking around.
Flu: There is flu epidemic going around although other viral infections may also be possible. The flu shots this year are only about 50% effective. There is a drug you can take that may reduce the duration and severity of your symptoms but must be taken in the 1st 48 hrs after symptoms started. As for the cough, it may linger on for a few weeks for some people. ...Read more