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9yr old has harsh bad cough for over 2 weeks with little congestion no fever feeling fine. Does this require antibiotic? Can't seem to rid cough
Hard to say: Antibiotics are useless in treating cough unless there is a bacterial infection causing it. Some kids with simple viral bronchitis will cough hard for up to a month. Work with the kids doc to see what is going on. Don't assume that antibiotics are needed, although they could be. Sometimes they develop a sinus infection that triggers persistent cough after the initial issue has passed. ...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
Depends: It really depends on the cause and duration and you other medical issues. If it is from a cold it will go away but hydration, rest, honey, tea, and over the counter cough medicines may help. In general cough medicines are not that helpful but may be worth a try. If it persists you should see your doctor to evaluate for more sinister causes. ...Read more
Cough treatment: The best approach to treat a cough is to identify the cause of the cough. There are many different causes and treatment that is specific is more likely to be effective. Continued use of cough suppressants is not the best approach. A lung specialist, pulmonologist or allergist can assist in identifying the cause to find you relief. ...Read more
No: Coughing comes from deeper part of your throat than where the rinse is expected to reach. Stopping of cough while using listerine can happen coincidentally, but listerine does not stop coughs. However, keeping the mouth clean is important so that the germs in your mouth won't infect the already irritated throat tissue from coughing. If coughing persists, see a doctor; it is not normal. ...Read more
Cough: Your condition may be due to allergies. Check with your doctor or get a referral, to an allergist. In the meantime you can get otc antihistamines. ...Read more
I have been sick over 2 monthsi can't get rid of cough and yellow phlegm. I'm not a smoker. What can I do?
Have you seen doctor: If you have had cough and purulent sputum for over 2 months, you have some kind of serious respiratory infection. While smokers certainly get more of these, non-smokers can get any kind of infection as well. Your doctor needs to examine you, take a full history, probably get samples of your sputum for testing and probably a Chest Xray or other imaging studies of your lungs. See your doc NOW. ...Read more
Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, but here is some good general information.
can say pregnancy squishes the bottom of the lung.
can say it irritates the area and causes cough and other stimuli can damp down the feeling (vick's vapo rub best...and external so very safe)
can NOT say whether or not you might be starting into pneumonia! ...Read more
My seven months old boy is suffering from cold how can I help him getting rid of cough. He doesn't have running nose but its always stuffy.
Allergy? Dust? Milk?: Being aware of conditions in Gurgaon, Things to be aware of are - lots of dust in the air which frequent vacuuming and non use of ceiling fans may help. U may even try an air purifier. If u r giving a formula, cow milk allergy does come to mind. A short trial of soy formula may be revealing. In this age infants cannot bring out phlegm - they cough it up and swallow & get rid of it that way. ...Read more
I have had bronchitis for 2 weeks. Am on an inhaler, cough medicine w codeine, musinex. Chst x-r was negative. What else can I do to get rid of cough?
Possibilities....: Sometimes, after an episode of acute bronchitis, the cough can persist due to bronchospasm. To treat this, a bronchodilator inhaler as well as a steroid inhaler may be needed. Other possible causes of your cough include gerd or post-nasal drip, both of which have different treatments so if the cough is not resolving, see your doctor for further evaluation/treatment. ...Read more
Dose silent reflux in a baby cause a cough and phlegm in throat with frothy texture in a 4.5 month old baby he's on losec (omeprazole) but I can't get rid of cough?
It can: Reflux in infants is a common trigger for a cough. The Prilosec decreases stomach acid and may decrease irritation, but it does not stop the reflux, it just makes it less painful. With time and gradual assumption of an upright posture for more hours/day, the reflux and related cough decreases. It iften peaks around the 4-5 month period. ...Read more
Coughing: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Ridding a cough: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Cough: One needs to first identify the cause of the cough before it can be treated. Common causes are certain post nasal drainage, post viral cough, medications such as ace inhibitors, and extraesophageal or laryngopharyngeal reflux. Other more obscure causes can also treatable - eg ear wax impaction. Rarely, a cause cannot be identified. See a medical provider if your cough persists. ...Read more
Remedy: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Depends on cause...: There are many reasons to have a cough and if even one reason is not treated, you will continue coughing. The top reasons include bronchitis, bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip. These etiologies all require different therapies so see your doctor so the proper etiology can be found/treated thus eliminating your cough. The cough duration is an important factor to determine etiology. ...Read more
No easy way: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more
Identify trigger: While there are cough suppressants like delsym, the most helpful would be to identify the cause of the cough. Depending on the cause, there could be specific treatment. Causes of chronic cough are asthma, post nasal drip from sinus problems, allergies and acid reflux. An allergist is specifically trained to identify and treat cough. ...Read more
Etiology?: In order to get rid of a cough, you must first have the etiolgy of the cough diagnosed. Possible etiologies of cough include acute bronchitis, bronchospasm of any kind, sinusitis, gerd or even a combination of factors and all these diagnoses have different treatments. So, see your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more
Cough: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea w a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea w 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 mins). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Silly question: You first have to figure out what the cause is. That could be that is being generated in the lungs from an infection or asthma or a habit cough or an allergy to something in your environment. Or it could be that you have a cough due to a post-nasal drip. Once you sit down with your physician and explore the many possible causes (and these were not all) a solution can be devised just for you. ...Read more
No 'cure'. A cold: Runs it's course. Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest. ...Read more