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Remedies For Excessive Coughing At Night
Buckwheat honey: Buckwheat honey has been shown to decrease cough significantly, more than dextromethorphan, which is the active ingredient in all over the counter cough medicines. In my experience, raw honey can be helpful too. Generic supermarket honey (bear jar etc) is worthless. If, however, the problem is asthma, honey won't help. In that case, see your doctor. ...Read more
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
Find cause first: Night time coughing can be a symptom of asthma, post nasal drip from allergies or sinus issues or even acid reflux from the stomach. Night cough can interfere with normal sleep patterns and lead to day time drowsiness. A lung specialist such as an allergist or pulmonologist can assist in finding the cause so that remedy can be prescribed. ...Read more
Breaks...: Sometimes an all-nighter is necessary (we've all been there), so here are a couple things that will help you make it through: breaks every 30 minutes for stretching and looking at something other than the screen. Work in a well lit room (not like the picture). Healthy snacks - peanut butter, nuts, raisins, etc. Lubricated sterile tears for the eyes. Good luck! ...Read more
Have been dealing with extreme dry mouth at night only, and periodic sore throats for past 3 weeks. Condition is causing minimal sleep as it wakes him up at least 6-8 times per night to drink water. Using Biotene spray & Prescript Toothpaste?
Humidifier: People who live in climates with low humidity (esp in the winter) can greatly benefit from using a humidifier during the night. Prevent dryness by using OTC nasal saline to rinse and open nasal passages to avoid mouth breathing at night. Avoid OTC cold remedies as the medications worsen oral dryness. Maintain good hydration during daytime. ...Read more
I have possible sinus infection for 2 month, congestion mostly at night, thick discharge, headaches, dry mouth at night. Will this pass, take OTC med?
What would cause waking up choking on my own spit? This has happened at night after a few hours of sleep. I wake up coughing and coughing. Mainly at night rarely during the day if at all. I have no cold or congestion.
Humidifier: Try using humidifier in bedroom. Beware that risk for mold might increase. So don't run humidifier all day long, just when you're sleeping. Also check for possible allergies causing nasal congestion such that you breathe thru your mouth which dries throat. Perhaps try antihistamine. ...Read more
A persistent cough for many years now along with night time and early morning fits of sneezing Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helps ?
Allergy: Seems you have a allergy ....reactive air way disease. Stop smoking/avoid smoke, eliminate indoor allergen- live plant ,animal, change airconditioning filter regularly, take Singulair/accolade daily, Clarinex/Claritin/Zyrtec/Allegra daily will help your situation. Old carpet, dust may be contributer. ...Read more
My 3yr old baby coughing with blocked nose at night for 5days now. At times intense coughing and a lot of mucus. Mild temp. Advice plz.
Colds can get worse: Still sounds like 'just a cold' and likely ok to watch at home. Consider using some nasal saline spray or drops to loose mucous in nose to make breathing easier if fever > 102, new ear pain, worse sleep, acting more sick or you are concerned, child should see a doctor in coming days. ...Read more
Dry mouth: If you are taking and medications, start by speaking to your physician if they can cause dry mouth and if the dosage can be reduced or if there are alternative medications that are less prone to causing dry mouth. Hydrate (drink water) as much as possible throughout the day. Minimize foods with heavy salt, sugar, acid content. There are many Biotene products designed specifically for dry mouths. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Waking up 3 times at night to visit the toliet for 3 nights. Last week there was pain at end of urinating. Now no more pain but freq increase at night?
Pain in my stomach at night releived by drinking peppermint tea and belching. Wake up at night due to pain. What is it?
What should I do for a strong congested cough with lots of phlegm sometimes green and yellow. Post nasal drip non stop. Worse at night no fever?
Depends: If the symptoms outlined have been going on for longer than 10-14 days, then this could be consistent with a sinus infection and likely benefit from antibiotics. If symptom duration is less than 10 days, then rest, fluids, chicken soup, etc until the illness runs its course. ...Read more
Cough suppressant for a 3 yr old? Temps of 103 every night for last 5 nights. Cough seems to be worsening. Help please!
Sleeping: If you are not used to it,sleeping during the day instead of at night requires significant adjustment and getting used to it. Many people with night jobs do quite well sleeping during the day. ...Read more
14 month old with congested nose but no mucus,worse at night with sleep disrupted.no other symptoms.what could it be?steps I should take or treatment?
Nasal congestion : W sleepless nights may be due to allergies or just being stuffed up! Continue bulb suctioning w saline solution,try using other antihistamines - Claritin , Zyrtec or Allegra.Steaming up bathroom is a good way to loosen up nasal congestion.Clean nostrils,apply Vaseline, aquaphor ointment etc to prevent nasal mucosa from drying up. sores inside nose,needs antibiotic ointment .no better, see doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See doctor: If you are taking any medications, you should discuss with your doctor if these pills cause the dry mouth, and if so, are there any alternative drugs that don't cause dry mouth. If you are not taking meds, then you should see a dentist to see if you have problems with your salivary glands checked. There are xylimelts in drug stores that stick to roof of your mouth and helps lubricate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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