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Doctor insights on: Night Coughs In Adults

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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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Can an adult take a double dosage of children's benylin (dextromethorphan) night time cough or more?

Can an adult take a double dosage of children's benylin (dextromethorphan) night time cough or more?

Check w/ chemist/MD: Be aware that the dosing of medications that adult or children can take for similar conditions are not always intuitive. Taking double a pediatric dose or mare may cause you to inadvertently overdose yourself. Best to check with your chemist or doctor. ...Read more

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Night cough, no allergies, no URI symptoms, no allergies. Nonsmoker. Adult, 63, module ratels obese. Cause?

Night cough, no allergies, no URI symptoms, no allergies. Nonsmoker. Adult, 63, module ratels obese. Cause?

GE Reflux/asthma/CHF: If your cough occurs while lying down, it could be either cardiac or gastrointestinal in origin, instead of just pulmonary. If it is associated with shortness of breath and chest or back pain, you need to see your doctor right away.
If it is associated ever with a sour taste in the mouth, almost vomiting, and heartburn it may be gastrointestinal reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus. ...Read more

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Can an adult take double the dose of a children's nighttime cough medice or more?

Can an adult take double the dose of a children's nighttime cough medice or more?

Agree: In general that reasoning may apply. But different cough syrups have different ingredients and individuals may have different sensitivities. So the other answer is correct- need to know which medicine you mean specifically. ...Read more

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How likely am I to catch whopping cough as an adult if I have had already had a booster shot for it?

How likely am I to catch whopping cough as an adult if I have had already had a booster shot for it?

Unlikely: It is very unlikely to get it as an adult specially if you had the booster shot. Check with your doctor to make sure you did not misdiagnosed ...Read more

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What procedur is used to diagnois whooping cough for adults?

What procedur is used to diagnois whooping cough for adults?

Nasopharyngeal swab: Pcr testing for whooping cough (pertussis) is taken from a nasopharyngeal (back of nose) specimen. It is obtained with a nasal wash or dacron swab and submitted to the appropriate lab. ...Read more

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What causes adults to cough up blood?

What causes adults to cough up blood?

Possibilities...: The most common reason for coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is bronchitis. But, malignancy must always be ruled out so, if you are coughing blood, see your doctor asap! ...Read more

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I think I may have chronic bronchitis. I developed a cough last year and it is back this fall. I do not smoke. What is the proper adult dosage?

I think I may have chronic bronchitis. I developed a cough last year and it is back this fall. I do not smoke. What is the proper adult dosage?

Don't think so: Chronic bronchitis is when you cough constantly and produce sputum. See http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001153/
if you had an episode last year and now again, that's 2 episodes of acute bronchitis. ...Read more

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How common is it to develop cough variant asthma as an adult?

How common is it to develop cough variant asthma as an adult?

Not Common: People often talk about cough variant asthma, but it really is asthma with cough as a symptom instead of wheeze. So if you are coughing see an allergist and have a breathing test called a spirometry. This will tell you if asthma is there or not. The most common cause of cough is post nasal drip and acid reflux can also play a big role. ...Read more

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Please recommend the best non liquid cough medicine for adults?

Please recommend the best non liquid cough medicine for adults?

Benzonatate: cough pills or event any DM containing pills. But if mild any mint containing tablet causes decrease cough ...Read more

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Is it likely for an adult to suddenly develop cough variant asthma?

Is it likely for an adult to suddenly develop cough variant asthma?

Cough: Persistent cough can be due to sinus infections, asthma, smoking, lung infection or disease and GERD. If your cough has lasted more than 2-3 weeks whether persistent or intermittent you really need to see your doctor and go through the list of possibilities for you. A cough is a mechanical way for the body to eliminate mucous from the lung which is normally migrates out without any effort. ...Read more

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What is a good cough syrup or medicine for an adult with pertussis?

What is a good cough syrup or medicine for an adult with pertussis?

PERTUSSIS: Due to the severity of the paroxysms of the coughing episodes, you should be on cough syrup with codeine. ...Read more

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What should an adult do after exposure to whooping cough?

What should an adult do after exposure to whooping cough?

Antibiotic: Household and close contacts of confirmed cases of pertussis are often given 5 days of azithromycin or acceptable alternative ...Read more

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What is it like to have whooping cough as a child or adult? Details please?

What is it like to have whooping cough as a child or adult? Details please?

Pertussis: The CDC covers this very well. Adults get a much more mild infection. That is why immunization is so very important, for infants. The adult with pertussis may think they only have a cold. New recommendations, also, are for adults to be immunized for pertussis, when they get their tetanus booster. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/pertussis/ ...Read more

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What is the adult dosage of mucosolvan syrup in the case of productive cough? Started today only - no fever.

Mucosolvan: It depends on the age of the person taking the medicine. On the manufacture's website it states that for an adult, one dose is 30 mg. It doesn't give the concentration of the syrup so I can't be more specific. Check the package insert for dosing instructions or consult with your pharmacist or physician for more details. ...Read more

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How long after adult exposure to whooping cough does it usually take before symptoms show in exposed adult? (adult to adult)

How long after adult exposure to whooping cough does it usually take before symptoms show in exposed adult? (adult to adult)

Pertussis: Pertussis (whooping cough) causes serious illness in infants, children and adults. It often starts with cold-like symptoms and maybe a mild cough or fever. After 1 to 2 weeks, severe coughing can begin. Unlike the common cold, pertussis can become a series of coughing fits that continues for weeks. Get immunized. ...Read more

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When do you need to see a doc? How much mucus (tsp) and color (s) are normal? How long is a cough suppose to last from flu/cold? Adult 45 fm

When do you need to see a doc? How much mucus (tsp) and color (s) are normal? How long is a cough suppose to last from flu/cold? Adult 45 fm

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I had whooping cough as an adult. Do I need to immunized?

I had whooping cough as an adult. Do I need to immunized?

Transient immunity: Whooping cough at best confers a patient with 5-10 years worth of protective antibody. Like tetanus & diphtheria, you need to receive boosters to stay protected. Before 1992, boosters were seldom given >6yrs due to vaccine side effects in older patients. The present vaccine is so well tolerated at any age, the tdap booster is recommended for adults every 10 yrs rather than tetanus or dt. ...Read more

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I had 2 bottles of Robitussin-DM cough n cold peak cold for adults willl this get me high?

I had 2 bottles of Robitussin-DM cough n cold peak cold for adults willl this get me high?

Yes and damage you: Drinking cough syrup is potentially damaging to your brain. It can cause lesions or boring holes called Olney lesions. Don't do it.

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What to do if I had 2 bottles of Robitussin-DM cough n cold peak cold for adults willl this get me high?

What to do if I had 2 bottles of Robitussin-DM cough n cold peak cold for adults willl this get me high?

What to do is stop: Don't do this. The potential damage to your brain is irreversible. Dextromethorphan can cause boring holes known as Olney lesions in your brain. Bad idea. ...Read more

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I am 40yrs old and I have to wear adult diapers, because I have asthma and when I cough I leak maybe a little and sometimes a lot what I'd the problem?

I am 40yrs old and I have to wear adult diapers, because I have asthma and when I cough I leak maybe a little and sometimes a lot what I'd the problem?

It is important to: Know your medication regimen. There are remedies available to treat this cough that is incapacitating you in this way. Please video-consult with a Healthtap pulmonologist
to discuss improving control of asthma.
Please follow up with your regular provider as well. ...Read more

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How likely is it for a vaccinated with a booster shot adult to get whooping cough?

How likely is it for a vaccinated with a booster shot adult to get whooping cough?

Odd wording: The material in the TdaP is not alive and cannot give anybody whooping cough. An adult who has not received a whooping cough booster within the past 10 years has the potential to get it if exposed (immunity has weakened).Adults can get a terrible chronic cough (3+months) but are not terribly sick from it. The main worry comes if they pass it to a small infant who can die from it. ...Read more

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Can an adult who has had all their vaccinations still get whooping cough? Is this possible, not possible or highly unlikely?

Can an adult who has had all their vaccinations still get whooping cough? Is this possible, not possible or highly unlikely?

Depends on variables: Today's adults who had their shots as kids are rarely protected against whooping cough. This protection weakens in time & allows adults to get the disease and pass it to younger vulnerable infants. Before ~ 1994 whooping cough shots weren't given > age 6 due to major side effects, today we give tdap, a new vacccine with minimal side effects to adults to protect both them and the kids they visit. ...Read more

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I am curious if an adult had the whooping cough vaccine and test positive?

I am curious if an adult had the whooping cough vaccine and test positive?

Confusing question: An adult can test positive for pertussis after receiving the normal childhood pertussis vaccines. The immunity to the childhood series can weaken over time & today many adults get the tdap (acellular pertussis with tetanus & diphtheria booster) to reduce their risk of bring pertussis home to a newborn. ...Read more

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Is a fluctuating temperature 37.5 to 38.6 (101.4]of concern in mature adult for 2 days? Only symptoms slight cough and some diarrhea couple time aday. Can eat toated sandwich and drink water. Taking Paracetamol helps, when should I see a Doctor?

Is a fluctuating temperature 37.5 to 38.6 (101.4]of concern in mature adult for 2 days? Only symptoms slight cough and some diarrhea couple time aday. Can eat toated sandwich and drink water. Taking Paracetamol helps, when should I see a Doctor?

Evaluation: I think your actions are prudent. If you do not have vomiting and continue to keep fluids down and urinate at least every 12 hours you should be OK. Likely enterovirus and should resolve in a couple of days. If no resolution or if you develop bloody stools then be seen. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get whooping cough as an adult if you had an immunization as a child dry cough, lungs hurt, slight fever

Is it possible to get whooping cough as an adult if you had an immunization as a child dry cough, lungs hurt, slight fever

Yes.: Yes. Immunity wanes after a few years so you need a booster every 8-10 years.
You may just have a viral bronchitis but if cough persists you should see your doctor for an evaluation. You should also get a pertussis booster (tdap). ...Read more