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Treatment Of Intractable Cough
Not normal: Must be unrecognized pathology. Have a diagnosis? Underlying lung problem? See a pulmonary specialist. ...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
OTC Meds: Several over the counter medicines can help suppress a cough including delsym or robitussin (guaifenesin). These medicines contain a cough suppressent called dextromethorphan. Other home remedies include cool mist humidifier in your bedroom. There was an excellent study that showed a teaspoon of honey before bedtime suppressed a cough better than dextromethrophan. If your symptoms don't improve call your doctor. ...Read more
Hard to treat: Cough is a basic reflex that keeps us alive. The airway is the most sensitive part of the body for a reason. It keeps food out of our lungs. When the airway is irritated, there is no way to tell the body to ignore it. If the cause of the airway irritation can be found and treated, that can help the cough resolve sooner. Mucus draining down the throat is a common cause of prolonged cough. ...Read more
No cure: Assuming no other cause for ongoing cough: Post-viral cough can persist for many weeks. Also we are experiencing an epidemic of the '100 day cough' (Whooping Cough). Your age group is considered to be the vector for this infection and also, there is no cure. Cough syrups containing pholcodeine (available over the counter) may give you some slight symptomatic relief but are not really very effective ...Read more
I m having cough since past 15 days. It has reduced a lot but not getting away...Pls advice some remedy or med treatment..
Tips: 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: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more
Expectoration: The best treatment if feasible is expectoration to avoid stagnation and inspissation of mucous in the airways if they are from the lung. If infected, antibiotics is used. Fluid and mucolytics are a good way to start. ...Read more
(1)stop smoking and avoiding exposure to smoke or air pollutants
(2)Avoiding the allergens (if identified)
(3)Determine the cause for the cough-post-nasal drips, asthma, sinusitis etc.
But if you need to consult your doctor re. Whether the problem is indeed allergic in the first place, ...Read more
My son is suffering from a persistsnt cough and cold and keeps getting poorly from it onto 3 weeks now what is the best treatment for it?
Cough and cold: Very possibly a sinus infection. A cold will generally resolve on its own in 7-10 days and does not need any specific treatment. 3 weeks likely needs antibiotics. ...Read more
See your doc: It really depends on the source, which may be out of the scope of this forum. I would follow up with your doc for a longer discussion. Two very common causes are acid reflux and seasonal allergies, but this all depends on where you live. You can always consider a trial of allergy or reflux medication, but the better bet is see your doctor. ...Read more
Probably.: But it is best to inform the md or your provider the adverse event that you experience with your breathing treatment. ...Read more
I have a productive cough that keeps me up at night after having bronchitis and not getting treatment for it?
After 14 months of mabthera treatment which I stopped having in feb. I have been having chronic cough attacks. What can I do to stop them?
See ylour doctor: You need to see your md for re-evaluation, and discuss treatment options and alternatives to mabthera. ...Read more
My 03 months son get cold cough, what should be ideal treatment. No ronchi or creps found, what about cough syrup, as there are so controversy?
No cough syrup: Cough syrups aren't given to infants, actually they're not recommended for children under 2 years of age. For a 3 month old, you can use a humidifier and suction out his nose. Saline drops in the nose are useful prior to suctioning. Such a young infant should be seen by his/her pediatrician. ...Read more
I work in a icu, ex smoker, had cough history past 3 months onwards and treatment had taken, pft, montex showed normal. Still cough on morning?
See Below: The top 3 causes of chronic cough are in order, post nasal drip>asthma>acid reflux which may be silent. That and an ACE inhibitor cough account for 90ish percent of all chronic cough. Given smoking history I absolutely agree with getting a chest x-Ray. If all of these are not problems and x-Ray is normal consider high res CT. ...Read more
I feel very evident pain on the two sides of my ribs when I cough. It started yesterday. Please be more explicit on the name, cause and treatment. Thks?
Coiugh/rib pain: Several possibilities - strained ribs from hard heavy coughing - try hugging a pillow when you cough - that might ease it pleurisy can also cause painful ribs with cough - the lining of the chest is inflammed and when you cough it hurts. Ibuprofen might help lastly - unlikely - rib fractures due to heavy coughing Hope that helps ...Read more
See doctor...: A cough that is present for 3 weeks more can be due to different etiologies including bronchospasm (from any cause), gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. If the cough is present for less than that, it is usually due to acute bronchitis (bacterial or viral!). If the cough is making you hoarse, you should see your doc for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Agree w Dr Pascolini: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a streph throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more
My son of age 8 months is suffering from cough and cold and fever. What treatment I have to follow?
Supportive care: Most infants will self heal in a week to ten days without specific meds or treatment. Maintaining normal schedules, assuring adequate hydration & nutrition allow the body to respond as well as possible. The occasional use of a fever reducer is fine if grumpy but will not shorten the illness. Cough medicines are discouraged at this age due to their side effects & lack of clear benefit. ...Read more
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