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What is the best way to treat a cough? And body pains?

What is the best way to treat a cough? And body pains?

Depends on the cough: If you have an underlying medical issue like asthma and emphysema, speak to your doctor about this. If you have a cold a teaspoon of honey is as effective as many over the counter remedies. If you have fevers >102 of cough for more than 10 days, see your doctor. Finally, for muscle pain, try Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. ...Read more

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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For what reasons might the body have sudden cough attacks?

For what reasons might the body have sudden cough attacks?

Cough attacks: A cough is a forceful reflex to clear the airway. The reasons for cough can be irritation, infection or inflammation generated from the larynx, bronchi, sinus, ear, lungs, lining of the lungs, brain, and even heart (rarely). It's for this reason that a thorough exam and evaluation is necessary to find the cause of coughing, so treatment can be provided. ...Read more

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Is banana create cough & cold in baby's body?

Is banana create cough & cold in baby's body?

No: Fruits and vegetables are frequently added to a baby's diet at around 6 months. Bananas are not known to cause problems with coughs or colds. ...Read more

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When I cough hard my chest rattles and nothing comes out. What could it be?! I don't feel any pain in my body..

When I cough hard my chest rattles and nothing comes out. What could it be?! I don't feel any pain in my body..

Dry cough: Three most common causes of dry cough is reflux, asthma, allergies. Since you are young, those are the most common causes. See your local physician to be evaluated if cough still bothers you. ...Read more

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Getting over cold w junky cough for 1 week. Waking up drenched with sweat and body temp dropping to 35.2C (room is 20C). Is that normal?

Getting over cold w junky cough for 1 week. Waking up drenched with sweat and body temp dropping to 35.2C (room is 20C). Is that normal?

Infection.: It sounds like you are having a fever and chills, which means you are not getting over your cold, but getting worse! Get seen and treated, if necessary: you might have pneumonia. If you are taking over-the-counter meds, they can make you feel bad, too, and are proven to be of little use, and may make you worse, so stop them. ...Read more

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I take daily a bottle of cough syrup corex regular for the last 1 year what are the consequences and will it effect my body? How can I quit

I take daily a bottle of cough syrup corex regular for the last 1 year what are the consequences and will it effect my body? How can I quit

Drug addiction: Since corex contains codiene, and since you've been taking it for a year I would say you have a drug addiction. Seek help from an addiction center or your physician. ...Read more

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I'm having headach and cough and cold all day... even I take any tablet that remain the same what test help me to rectify what's going on with my body?

I'm having headach and cough and cold all day... even I take any tablet that remain the same what test help me to rectify what's going on with my body?

Please resend the: Question with your true age. If less than 16 years old have an older sibling or your parents ask the question. We only answer questions from those 16 years old and above ...Read more

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Is there any benefits of cold and cough to human body or not?

Is there any benefits of cold and cough to human body or not?

Yes: Coughing is necessary to clear secretions and infectious stuff from the lungs. It basically helps keep the lungs clean. ...Read more

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Can foreign body aspiration give cough only at night and early morning or it should be all day long?

Can foreign body aspiration give cough only at night and early morning or it should be all day long?

All day: Most likely this would cause a continuous cough that gets worse. Typically the foreign body can become infected which then causes more and more coughing, and productive coughing. If you have any question, you should have an X-ray done. ...Read more

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How can I quickly flush cough syrup out of my body? Accidental overdose and I hate the way it's making me feel.

How can I quickly flush cough syrup out of my body? Accidental overdose and I hate the way it's making me feel.

Water: Drink plenty of water, enough so that your urine is colorless.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have had a bad cough for a few weeks now and I cough for a few times my body feels strange like I'm going to faint?

I have had a bad cough for a few weeks now and I cough for a few times my body feels strange like I'm going to faint?

Coughing increases: The pressure in the thorax which reduces the normal blood return to the right side of the heart. This can result in a sudden drop in blood pressure and dizziness or fainting. The treatment is for the cough not the dizziness. A persistent cough for a few weeks needs to be evaluated and treated. You probably have developed reactive airways. See a health care professional soon for evaluation. ...Read more

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MY body starts to itch whenever I cough. I am a smoker too. IT has been 3 weeks so far. IT gets really worst in the night that I find it hard to sleep?

MY body starts to itch whenever I cough. I am a smoker too. IT has been 3 weeks so far. IT gets really worst in the night that I find it hard to sleep?

Needs to be checked: Are you taking any medicine. How long you have been coughing. Is it dry cough or you are coughing phlegm
The itching is 3 weeks now
You can take over the counter pills like Zyrtec or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to stop the itching and cough medicine with Dexromethotphen
And since you are a smoker consult your doctor and get checked
And if you desire to quit smoking get advice from your Doctor as well ...Read more

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My chest feels like I have needles in my body when I cough and in my chest?

My chest feels like I have needles in my body when I cough and in my chest?

Infection or asthma: An occasional dry cough is normal. Even an occasional bit of mucus isn't of too much concern. But if you develop chest pain upon coughing, perhaps even shortness of breath, it's time to go see your family doc regardless of fever or not because you might have asthma, copd, or some lung infection. Of course, there are other reasons for cough & chest pain so don't delay. . ...Read more

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Why can't our body create antibody for common cold or cough?

Why can't our body create antibody for common cold or cough?

Mutation: The common cold viruses mutate constantly and once you acquire an immunity to one it changes and you become susceptible to it again, so you cannot become immune to the common cold virus. ...Read more

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When I go for my walk I always leak or when I cough I leak what is going on with my body I'm 62 years old.

Stress incontinence: Urinary leaking with physical activity (stress incontinence) is common in older women, especially those who have delivered children. It often goes along with urinary urgency and frequency. You've probably seen the TV ads for drugs for "overactive bladder". This may be your problem. See your doctor about it. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have had a slight cough for about two months it can get bad at times I can breath for eg when I spray body spray etc would this be serious?

Chronic cough: Cough that has been continuing beyond 2 months is considered chronic and should be evaluated. Possibilities of chronic cough include asthma (triggered by irritants such as perfumes, smoke etc.). An evaluation of lung function is common for persons having ongoing cough. If it indeed is asthma, this is serious and should not be ignored. ...Read more

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After giving normal birth Nov. 30, 2014, my body is not comfortable. I have chest pain in front and back (right side portion). I have 1 week cough.

After giving normal birth Nov. 30, 2014, my body is not comfortable. I have chest pain in front and back (right side portion). I have 1 week cough.

Right sided pain: Does your pain worsen with eating, particularly fatty foods?? If so, try a low fat diet and get in for a gallbladder evaluation, you may have gallstones. Okay to make appointment with your regular doc about this problem. If you develop fever, vomiting, worsening pain get evaluated sooner. Be well. ...Read more

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My son has a painful cough, head, body hurts. He's 5 1/2. I gave him Zarbees honey cough syrup last night, seemed to get worse. What else can I do?

My son has a painful cough, head, body hurts. He's 5 1/2. I gave him Zarbees honey cough syrup last night, seemed to get worse. What else can I do?

Cough/cold: Please treat pain symptoms with something like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help him feel better. I like your choice for cough med - sometimes though, nothing works for coughs, They need to cough to clear increased mucous. Humidity will often help if irritation in airways, so take him in shower and spend 15-30 minutes in the steam. Push a lot of fluids. If short of breath or high fever, to see doctor. ...Read more

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My relative aunt was suffering from fever last 2 month she has pain in her body and also has regular cough, she os very weak, she is very very thin now?

My relative aunt was suffering from fever last 2 month she has pain in her body and also has regular cough, she os very weak, she is very very thin now?

Needs to be seen!!!: The symptoms described are now a medical emergency. Fever over 1 week should normally be seen but at 2 months with weight loss and severe fatigue it is medically necessary now. Diagnosis can range from lung cancer to TB and an assortment of other serious maladies including infections and other types of cancer. Please have your Aunt seen immediately. Good luck ...Read more

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I've always had an annoying cough. I was diagnosed w/ asthma 2 years ago but I breathe hard and sometimes twist my body to get air, how can I control it?

I've always had an annoying cough. I was diagnosed w/ asthma 2 years ago but I breathe hard and sometimes twist my body to get air, how can I control it?

Talk with your doc: As soon as you can. Asthma can start as an annoying cough but can get worse so that it's hard for you to breathe. Different inhalers and pills can help heal your airways and prevent asthma. Also, you & your doc can figure out other causes of shortness of breath. Think about your surroundings [dust, animals, smoke, fumes, mildew/mold]. Any new triggers during the last 2 years? Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have cough and hiccup and my body was very heated and sneeze?

I have cough and hiccup and my body was very heated and sneeze?

See doctor?: Do you have a high fever (>102 F) or the body just feels hot? It these symptoms have been present for less than 14 days, they are likely from a cold. If symptoms last longer than that you will need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I take nyquil for body aches, congestion & cough?

Can I take nyquil for body aches, congestion & cough?

Yes, you can: But read the labels carefully, there are several nyquil preparations, some may interact with medicines you are already on, or may be contraindicated for you, good luck ...Read more

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How long will this codeine cough medicine be reflected in my body in a drug test?

How long will this codeine cough medicine be reflected in my body in a drug test?

Few days: Depends on the dose and duration of use. No more than five days after stopping it. ...Read more

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I have a productive cough, awful headache and my body aches. What could it be and how long should I wait to see the dr?

I have a productive cough, awful headache and my body aches. What could it be and how long should I wait to see the dr?

Probable viral....: Your symptoms sound like there is a viral etiology. This typically resolves on its own over several days. If your symptoms worsen or it does not resolve after a week, then see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more