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Treating A Persistent Cough
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
Would a physician prescribe cough syrup for severe sore throat pain possibly associated with strep throat?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Cough producing mucous for a week. No fever or other cold symptoms. Non producing cough a week before mucous. What could this be? Should i see gp?
Consider cystic fibr: Possible gerd: gi.Get a more detailed answer ›
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