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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Overview)

Cough which brings up phlegm /sputum.


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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
621 Doctors shared insights

Productive Cough (Overview)

Cough which brings up phlegm /sputum.


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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)

Stay hydrated, and use medications to suppress your cough
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Finish all of your antibiotics, even if you are improving or feeling better
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Make sure that all of your immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns while you are 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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I went to the doctor two days ago for sore throat and congestion, I was given amoxicillin but now I chest congestion, phlegm, and productive cough.

I went to the doctor two days ago for sore throat and congestion, I was given amoxicillin but now I chest congestion, phlegm, and productive cough.

Viral Cold?: Antibiotics treat Bacterial infections (i.e. strept, ear infections, sinus infxn, pneumonia). If it's a Viral cold, the symptoms may start with sore throat, o'ccl post nasal drainage can cause throat pain, cold can transition into chest congestion & cough. The Amox will not treat the coughing or prevent if source is Viral. Fluids, warm liq. honey, humidifier, f/u w/ doc if worse & for more advice ...Read more

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I ve had a wet productive cough for 6 days, no other symptoms. Should I see a md now incase I need antibiotics or can I wait to see if it gets better?

I ve had a wet productive cough for 6 days, no other symptoms. Should I see a md now incase I need antibiotics or can I wait to see if it gets better?

Cold: It is a season of respiratory infections, most of which caused by virus, which do not require antibiotics. Physicians have training and experience to differentiate between viral and bacterial infection. See you doctor, to make the right choice. ...Read more

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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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Non productive cough when nervous. How to supress?

Non productive cough when nervous. How to supress?

Your doctor can help: Safe, and usually low dose, use of serotonin-active antidepressants, or possibly the medication Buspirone can be very helpful for this problem. It might be a form of obsessive compulsive disorder, however, which may require more in-depth treatment. ...Read more

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If I have a non-productive cough, what could it be?

If I have a non-productive cough, what could it be?

Possibilities....: There are many possible causes of a non-productive cough including throat irritation, bronchospasm, medication side effect, post-nasal drip, GERD, etc. In turn, there are many conditions that can cause bronchospasm like asthma, COPD, CHF, etc. Treatment depends on the diagnosis so see your doctor so that your cough can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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What are the causes of persistant productive cough?!

What are the causes of persistant productive cough?!

Multiple causes: Get a comprehensive physical examination, blood testsfor infection and a chest xray. ...Read more

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How does an unproductive cough turn to productive cough?

How does an unproductive cough turn to productive cough?

Mucus: If you have had thick mucus in your chest, when it loosens, the cough can become productive. Also, productive cough can be confused with nasal drip which is then coughed up. See your pcp for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Why have I had a productive cough for a week and a half?

Why have I had a productive cough for a week and a half?

Bronchitis: You could have ac bronchitis, you may need antibiotics and bronchodilators. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for 2 days of productive cough?

What is the best medicine for 2 days of productive cough?

Fluids: Keep drinking fluids, use Guaifenesin (mucinex).
You should visit your doctor to see if you need antibiotic, bronchodilators or some other treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about non-productive cough. What could it be?

Can you tell me about non-productive cough. What could it be?

Causes of Cough.: Most common causes of cough include asthma, upper airway cough syndrome (post-nasal drip), reflux, chronic bronchitis (typically in smokers), medications (such as lisinopril). Your doctor should discuss your symptoms in detail to determine which of theses may be contributing to your cough. You may need pulmonary function test if asthma is a possible cause based on your symptoms. ...Read more

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I've got terrible non-productive cough. Any known remedies that really work?

I've got terrible non-productive cough. Any known remedies that really work?

Find the cause: There are varied causes of nonproductive cough. Most common is allergic rhinitis, but not far behind is an undiagnosed asthma or reactive airways. Then there is gerd, and there is even a parasite that can cause it (called in perpetual copulation state, lol) found in the upper airway, but rare. Treating the cause is the best. Use of cough suppressant is resorted to for comfort. So go to your md. ...Read more

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Non productive cough an hour after waking that has been going on for atleast a month and will sometimes hapoen at night too. Why?

See a doctor: This can be from a wide variety of conditions, including post-nasal drip, acid reflux, and so on. You need to be seen to be diagnosed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have productive cough with jelly like phelym more so in the morning but could happen another 2times. Is this serious? Has been happening months

Have productive cough with jelly like phelym more so in the morning but could happen another 2times. Is this serious? Has been happening months

Chronic cough: Usually a cough with scant blood or "hemoptysis" is indicative of an upper or lower respiratory tract infection and supportive care is best. Given the chronicity (2 months) of symptoms you need an in person evaluation with your doctor and possibly a chest xray to get a better idea of what is going on :) ...Read more

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I have had productive cough for 3 days. Now, it becomes excessive and it annoys me. What kind of medication should I take to relieve this symptom?

I have had productive cough for 3 days. Now, it becomes excessive and it annoys me. What kind of medication should I take to relieve this symptom?

Anti-tussive: Anti-tussive is a fancy term for cough medication. In the States, these are available over-the-counter w/o prescription. I don't know about Cambodia. However, this assumes that your cough is due to a virus. Best to see your family doc for an evaluation to be sure it's nothing more serious. With that said, you don't need antibiotics for viruses. So don't ask for antibiotics but be sure not pneumoni ...Read more

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Can silent reflux cause chronic non-productive cough?

Can silent reflux cause chronic non-productive cough?

Yes...: Reflux can cause bronchospasm which, in turn, can cause coughing. The treatment entails treating the reflux aggressively as well as bronchodilators and steroid inhalers for the bronchospasm until the reflux is under good control. Your doctor can diagnose and treat this so see your doctor so therapy can be instituted asap. ...Read more

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What medicine is best for a 3 year old with a productive cough?

What medicine is best for a 3 year old with a productive cough?

Avoid Cold medicines: Cough in young children is extremely frustrating for parents. Unfortunately cough medications used in adults don't work in children. Decongestants in combination with cough medications can actually be harmful.
Using guafenesin may be helpful to help secretions stay loose. Increasing fluid intake and humidity in the air can definitely help. Honey (for kids over 12 months) may be a natural remedy. ...Read more

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What is a chronic productive cough with spotted mucus a symptom of?

What is a chronic productive cough with spotted mucus a symptom of?

Spotted?: If spotted with blood it is most commonly bronchitis, especially if patient is on blood thinner. However it could be more serious and you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a 5 year old boy who have cold and productive cough please advice?

Viral: If your child is fully vaccinated and does not have any underlying conditions, it is probably viral, with no need for antibiotics. If he has persistent fever or chest pain he needs an exam. Otherwise, fluids, prop him up to sleep, and some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before bedtime to help him sleep through the night without coughing. ...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