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Is?A persistent cough/cold a symptom of a secondary infection?

Is?A persistent cough/cold a symptom of a secondary infection?

Possibly. : You did not specify the length of time the cough/cold has lingered but if it has been longer than 2weeks than you may have bronchitis. See your doc if this is the case. ...Read more

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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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Would a physician prescribe cough syrup for severe sore throat pain possibly associated with strep throat?

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Would a physician prescribe cough syrup for severe sore throat pain possibly associated with strep throat?

Possibly: Might if you have a cough? There are some cough meds that could possibly numb the back of the throat. It would depend on what exactly you were prescribed. ...Read more

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Could you recommend a herbal/ayurvedic treatment for recurring cough?

Could you recommend a herbal/ayurvedic treatment for recurring cough?

Persistent cough: Persistent coughs may be from acid reflux. It is often silent other than the cough. You can try raising the head of the bed at night, and reducing acid causing foods. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Should a doctor prescribe an antitussive to a patient with chronic bronchitis that is coughing up sputum?

Should a doctor prescribe an antitussive to a patient with chronic bronchitis that is coughing up sputum?

Not necessarily: I am not a fan of antitussives for many reasons. If you have sputum, it is good to get it out. For sleep you can try to supress the cough, but studies show even prescriptions don't work very well. In desperation people spend money on things that don't work. Interestingly, honey has been shown to do a pretty good job, so get a cup of no-caffeine herbal tea with a tsp of honey to sip before bed. ...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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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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What is a good dm cough medicine for a toddler with bronchitis?

What is a good dm cough medicine for a toddler with bronchitis?

None: There are no cough medicines recommended for toddlers, or any child under the age of six. Recommend humidifier, elevating head of bed, and honey as needed if the child is over a year old. ...Read more

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What causes persistent cough for a couple weeks?

What causes persistent cough for a couple weeks?

Bronchitis...: Acute bronchitis can result in a cough which lasts for this duration. There can be associated bronchospasm which can cause the cough to increase even when the other symptoms are resolving. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, can also cause a long-lasting cough. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment, especially if the cough is worsening. ...Read more

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Is a croupy cough ever an asthma symptom?

Is a croupy cough ever an asthma symptom?

Yes: Asthma has many symptoms that can include a cough. Typically the cough is described as dry but can also have a croupy nature. It is not uncommon to diagnose a child with recurrent croup as an asthmatic. Asthma is more likely if symptoms increased with exertion, more severe than a typical cold or associated with other asthma symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. ...Read more

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If a smoker has persistent cough and short of breath, what diagnosis would a doctor make?

If a smoker has persistent cough and short of breath, what diagnosis would a doctor make?

Possibilities...: There are many possibilities but a common diagnosis made in a case like this is copd, an incurable, slowly progressive disease. Other possibilities include asthma, malignancy, congestive heart failure and a whole host of other disorders. The only way to know for sure what is wrong is to see a doctor. Shortness of breath can be life-threatening so don't delay. Smoking cessation will be necessary! ...Read more

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Is a congested cough a sign or symptom?

Is a congested cough a sign or symptom?

Sign: Signs are described by someone observing the patient. Symptoms are the sensation the patient feels. In this case the symptom would be an irritating feeling in the upper airway that would trigger the body to want to forcefully expel air to get rid of the potential airway obstruction. ...Read more

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Is it okay to prescribe a patient having a productive cough expectorant or antitusive?

Is it okay to prescribe a patient having a productive cough expectorant or antitusive?

Not always...: Sometimes, a cough should not be suppressed especially if there is thought to be infection present. If you are unsure how to treat a particular cough, see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the best cure for a persistent cough?

What is the best cure for a persistent cough?

Depends...: Treatment for a chronic cough depends on the reason for the cough. Possible etiologies for a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Each of these have different treatments. See your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed first and then treated. ...Read more

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What are meds for primary pulmonary hypertension with a dry cough?

What are meds for primary pulmonary hypertension with a dry cough?

Cough and PH: While dry cough can be a manifestation of pulmonary hypertension (PH) in a small percentage of patients, you should discuss with your doctor other possible causes and treatments. ...Read more

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Can there be a rare condition for persistent dry cough?

Can there be a rare condition for persistent dry cough?

Three most common di: I would think of common diseases before uncommon diseases. The most common causes of a dry cough are post nasal drainage, asthma and acid reflux. Less common causes are a viral bronchitis or a viral pneumonia. See your physician. If the cough has lasted at least three weeks you need a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Which type of medical specialist (chest or ent) should I consult for a persistent cough?

Persistent cough: You may not need a specialist to diagnose the cause of your cough. Your primary care physician is capable of diagnosing its cause and giving you proper treatment. An allergist, pulmonologist or ENT doctor or all 3 of them may be necessary if your primary treatment is not working. ...Read more

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What cough medicine is good for a child with croup?

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What cough medicine is good for a child with croup?

None: Cough medicine is not recommended in general for young children and not indicated for classic croup. If the child has concerning croup symptoms they should be seen by physician as they may require other medications such as steroids. Cool air and warm moist air can both also decrease symptoms. ...Read more

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Persistent Cough (Definition)

Cough- rapid expulsion of air from lungs, (usually to clear airways). Persistent = continuing over a ...Read more


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Chronic Cough (Definition)

Chronic cough = persistently expelling air from lungs ...Read more