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Doctor insights on: Natural Remedies For Scratchy Throat And Cough

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What can help me with my scratchy throat and cough?

What can help me with my scratchy throat and cough?

Hot liquids.: Many things are used commonly. Hot salt water gargles, hot tea with honey. Otc preps like chloraseptic (a numbing medication) or guaifanesin (an expectorant) plus or minus dm (a cough suppressant). ...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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What is the best way to soothe a sore/scratchy throat and cough?

What is the best way to soothe a sore/scratchy throat and cough?

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

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Scratchy throat for 4 days now, treatment?

Scratchy throat for 4 days now, treatment?

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

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What the best home remedy for a scratchy throat?

What the best home remedy for a scratchy throat?

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

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Can you tell me what is the best remedy for sore & scratchy throat?

Home remedies: 49 year old male with sore, scratchy throat - warm water brewed with honey and lemon several times per day, honey throat lozenges, warm tea. Gargling with warm salt water. Also OTC spray bottles with numbing properties. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Common cold: It sounds like a bad cold, take over the counter decongestants and cough suppressants, such as guaiafenesin, drink a lot of fluids. If the symptoms persist for a week, seek the opinion of your doctor. ...Read more

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If my 2 year old aspirated part of a sucker 24 hrs ago, would he have other symptoms besides occasional cough and scratchy throat.

If my 2 year old aspirated part of a sucker 24 hrs ago, would he have other symptoms besides occasional cough and scratchy throat.

Yes: If he inhaled a part then he would have a bad cough and eventually trouble breathing or noisy breathing. If he swallowed the piece then he could have the same symptoms or trouble eating and drinking. If he has the breathing symptoms, he should go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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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.

Maybe GERD: This may be gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux into the back of the throat); this can especially occur at night. You could try over the counter "acid blockers" like pepcid/omeprazole for a few weeks and see if it helps. ...Read more

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What is the most recommended remedy for itchy eyes and scratchy throat?

What is the most recommended remedy for itchy eyes and scratchy throat?

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

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I am running a low fever, have a scratchy throat and a bad cough. What might it be?

I am running a low fever, have a scratchy throat and a bad cough. What might it be?

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

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Scratchy throat and a cough am I catching a cold?

Scratchy throat and a cough am I catching a cold?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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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

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Natural Remedies (Definition)

Natural remedies are plant based supplements to help with different symptoms people have. They are found ...Read more