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The cough I have is more persistent in the am and pm ?

The cough I have is more persistent in the am and pm ?

Reflux or allergies: If you are not home between these times... I would strongly think you might have allergies that are causing your symptoms. If there are pets in the house... That may be what is causing this. Another condition that can cause a nightly/ early morning cough is acid reflux. See your local ENT for further evaluation. ...Read more

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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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My 5 yr old has had a respitory virus for 3 weeks i took her to the dr twice for it..Dr said her lungs sound good so didn't prescribe me any cough medicine ...She coughs really bad in the am as well as the pm .Is there any OTC cough medicine i can get to

Prolonged coughing: Significant coughing for 3 weeks is unusual for a "viral" illness. Sinus infection, asthma, and tracheobronchitis by mycoplasma infection are partial list of possibilities. I would suggest to get an another opinion instead of trying otc cough medicine. ...Read more

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12 y/o boy t: up to 103 x 3 days. T:> in the pm on day 3. H.A., nasal congestion, chest cough is it viral? Or should he be seen to r/o bacterial?

Flu or strep: He should be seen-- he may have strep which needs treatment. He could also have the flu which is not always treated. He could also have pneumonia. Have him seen today or tomrorrow. ...Read more

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Been sick since Thursday with cough, headache, sniffles. Can't shake headaches, tried sudafed, excedrin pm, tylenol (acetaminophen) cold and maxalt. They keep occuri?

Been sick since Thursday with cough, headache, sniffles.  Can't shake headaches, tried sudafed, excedrin pm, tylenol (acetaminophen) cold and maxalt. They keep occuri?

Better get seen: As you may need Rx medications, you are describing acute upper respiratory infection, possibly lower respiratory too, can still be viral, but you need to be seen, can't keep self-medicating without improvement, good luck ...Read more

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5 1/2 yr old takes children's Claritin every am but is still plagued with allergic cough - worse at night. Ok to dose with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in the pm?

5 1/2 yr old takes children's Claritin every am but is still plagued with allergic cough - worse at night. Ok to dose with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in the pm?

Yes: Be sure to speak with your pediatrician or allergy-immunology specialist regarding an appropriate dose for your child's weight. Often times severe allergies are treated with antihistamines alone like claritin/nondrowsy and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together. Other options are available if Benadryl (diphenhydramine) doesn't work. Sedation and dry mouth are common side effects. Consider saline spray and environmental changes. ...Read more

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Can a 90 lb 7-year-old girl safely take 1 tylenol (acetaminophen) pm (500 mg) and 2tsp of Bromfed cough medicine and not have any complications?

Can a 90 lb 7-year-old girl safely take 1 tylenol (acetaminophen) pm (500 mg) and 2tsp of  Bromfed cough medicine and not have any complications?

No: The recommended dose of Bromfed DM in children aged 6-12 years is only one teaspoon. Additionally, Both Bromfed and Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM contain antihistamines, which could result in excess sedation or other adverse effects. ...Read more

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My ear is block since 24h after taken a plane!Can i take tylenol for cold,cough,flu since i already taken reactine 24h yesterday at 10 pm or what i do?

My ear is block since 24h after taken a plane!Can i take tylenol for cold,cough,flu since i already taken reactine 24h yesterday at 10 pm or what i do?

Yes, you can: unless contraindicated, also try saline nasal washes and salt water gargles, you most probably have Eustachian tube(s) dysfunction, the tubes connecting the middle ears to the throat,. if no improvement see you doctor, good luck ...Read more

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Have a scratchy, slightly painful throat. Comes & goes~few weeks. Cough in pm, often during sleep. No fevers/congestion. Ideas? First OTC med to try?

Have a scratchy, slightly painful throat. Comes & goes~few weeks. Cough in pm, often during sleep. No fevers/congestion. Ideas? First OTC med to try?

Acid Reflux: This sounds like classic acid reflux or what we call silent reflux in my specialty without the typical burning, belching. I usually recommend prilosec OTC in am and zantac OTC in pm before bed - try for 6 weeks - if no improvement see your primary doctor. ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip on 7mo cause coughs? Started w/runny nose. Humidifier, saline & bulb syringe used. Cough AM & PM. Bronchiolitis risk? Nebulizer?

Can post nasal drip on 7mo cause coughs? Started w/runny nose. Humidifier, saline & bulb syringe used. Cough AM & PM. Bronchiolitis risk? Nebulizer?

Yes: A post nasal drip can and commonly does cause a cough. Bronchiolitis is from lower airways (lungs). It is important for her pediatrician to listen and determine where the cough is coming from. The treatments are dramatically different. ...Read more

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Returned from Bangkok Monday PM with a bad cough and heavily infected chest awful thick expectorant dark yellow usual aches etc as if the flu Boots Chemist in Bangkok Airport supplied Augmentin 7 day course. Day 4/5 still unwell?

Returned from Bangkok Monday PM with a bad cough and heavily infected chest awful thick expectorant dark yellow usual aches etc as if the flu 
Boots Chemist in Bangkok Airport supplied Augmentin 7 day course. Day 4/5 still unwell?

Symptomatic Rx: Sounds like a cold. Antibiotics do not help for this. No cure for that but it is about rest, fluids, and time and of course managing the symptoms. Consider decongestants and antihistamines. Cough syrups and drops may be of benefit. If you are a smoker now would be a good time to stop. Ibuprofen and paracetamol will help with the aches. If not improving see your doctor to get checked out. ...Read more

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Sore throat for 1 week. Started 2 weeks ago with dry/tickle like cough. Swollen lymph nodes and only sore in pm/early am hrs before/after sleep.?

Sore throat for 1 week. Started 2 weeks ago with dry/tickle like cough. Swollen lymph nodes and only sore in pm/early am hrs before/after sleep.?

Many possibilities: The set of symptoms you are describing could be due to many different illnesses with many different causes. If this does not clear up quickl;y a visit to a doctor may be in order. ...Read more

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How do you treat a persistent nigthtime cough in your child?

How do you treat a persistent nigthtime cough in your child?

Depends: This is something to discuss with the kids doc. It could be triggered by post nasal drip from allergies or irritant exposure.It could also be a feature of asthma. ...Read more

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What causes a dry persistent non productive nighttime cough?

What causes a dry persistent non productive nighttime cough?

Cough: Hello, a cough is a reflex event that occurs after stimulation to the nerves of the airways. A specific night time cough could be due to a few possibilities . First would be a cough variant of asthma. Instead of the wheezing that commonly occurs with asthma, a person coughs instead. My other thought could be from a reflux condition that while you sleep, a small amount of gastric liquid reflexes up. ...Read more

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Any experience with a persistent nigthtime cough in children?

Any experience with a persistent nigthtime cough in children?

Asthma, Allergies?: Nighttime cough is often caused by asthma, although allergies are also a problem - especially in Texas. Chronic or persistent cough could be caused by pneumonia, foreign body, viral infections, or even pertussis. Visit your doctor for an exam; a chest X-ray may be needed. Consider using an allergy medicine to see if this helps. Call for a sick visit for difficulty breathing or audible wheezing. ...Read more