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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Overview)

Productive cough is a symptom in which a person feels there is mucus coming up from his chest when he coughs. Sometimes, a person mistakenly believes the mucus is coming from the chest when it is actually dripping down from the nose and throat. True mucus or phlegm (infected mucousy material) can be due to lung infections.


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Can you explain to me why GERD would cause a productive cough?

Can you explain to me why GERD would cause a productive cough?

GERD: If the reflux goes high enough or with the acid turning to gas and inhaled, there is inflammation in the airways causing production of mucous for protection. In addition the acid and the gas that goes in the lungs can cause chronic irritation and pulmonary fibrosis. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
548 doctors shared insights

Productive Cough (Overview)

Productive cough is a symptom in which a person feels there is mucus coming up from his chest when he coughs. Sometimes, a person mistakenly believes the mucus is coming from the chest when it is actually dripping down from the nose and throat. True mucus or phlegm (infected mucousy material) can be due to lung infections.


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Productive cough for two months?

Productive cough for two months?

Time to see doc...: Having productive cough for 2 months is not normal. Smokers may have chronic cough and can have some sputum, especially early in am. If this is something new for you, definitely should have it checked out. If a smoker, you may have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and treatment is likely needed. Don't wait until things get too severe as treatment become less effective. Good luck. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Daily
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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Please help! what is the treatment for a productive cough?

Please help! what is the treatment for a productive cough?

Expectoration: The best treatment if feasible is expectoration to avoid stagnation and inspissation of mucous in the airways if they are from the lung . If infected, antibiotics is used. Fluid and mucolytics are a good way to start. ...Read more

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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Control the cough with medications and keep hydrated
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Finish all antibiotics, even if the patient is improving or better
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Assure all immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns when sick
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Sob.Wheeze. Throat mucus. Difficulty swallowing. Wake up tired stuffy. Sinus problems. Cough up mucus. Could this be silent reflux? Natural treatment

Possibilities....: Your breathing difficulties are likely due to bronchospasm. The bronchospasm could be due to post-nasal drip (or other sinus problems) and/or reflux. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers can treat the bronchospasm and there are treatments for the sinuses and reflux so see your doctor asap. Smoking cessation will help improve your breathing as well. If your breathing worsens, go to the er. ...Read more

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Could orange juice and vitamins help cure a productive cough?

Could orange juice and vitamins help cure a productive cough?

Actions of vitamins: Most vitamins and minerals are there to help in the kreb's cycle and metabolism of food as part of the enzymes and coenzymes. They are not proven to cure diseases, but they help the body have the energy in fighting diseases and in the repair of tissues damaged by the disease so it goes back to normal. 2 vitamins used as they are are a and k, the rest as coenzymes. ...Read more

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Can Claritin (loratadine) get rid of productive cough?

Can Claritin (loratadine) get rid of productive cough?

Allergies: Claritin (loratadine) treads symptoms caused by allergies. If your cough is caused by allergies, it might help. However, allergic coughs aren't usually very productive. ...Read more

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I have a friend who is asthmatic has a productive cough for about two weeks. What drugs can I give to her? She also had fever and runny nose.

I have a friend  who is asthmatic has a productive cough for about two weeks. What drugs can I give to her?  She also had fever and runny nose.

A Doctor Stat!: If your asthmatic friend has a case of bronchitis or pneumonia she needs to be evaluated by a physician to determine the cause of her symptoms and start whatever treatment is required. This will most likely not be anything that you can give her or do for her! have her seen immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more