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Gerd, dog/grass/dust allergy, post nasal drip. Chronic barking cough. Which treatments to use and what is okay for long term use. Claritind long term?

Gerd, dog/grass/dust allergy, post nasal drip. Chronic barking cough. Which treatments to use and what is okay for long term use. Claritind long term?

Allergy comorbidity: An antihistamine/decongestant alone will not be adequate to control. There are several short and long term treatment possibilities. You need to see a board certified allergist. ...Read more

Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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Barking Cough (Definition)

A barking cough is a symptom in which a child's cough sounds like a seal's barking. It is called croup and is usually caused by a viral infection in the larynx (voice box area). Adults with similar viral infections don't cough the barking sound because adults ...Read more


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A barking cough that it tickley and I can't sleep with it. How can I get rid of this. Medicines are not helping?

A barking cough that it tickley and I can't sleep with it.  How can I get rid of this. Medicines are not helping?

Cough: cough can be due asthma, gastro esophageal reflux, post nasal drip and certain medication for hypertension, may need to be evaluated by a doctor to find the cause of the cough , also pertussis can cause hacking cough ...Read more

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My 2 year old has had a barking cough for over a week now, what could this be? No other symptoms apart from hoers voice

My 2 year old has had a barking cough for over a week now, what could this be? No other symptoms apart from hoers voice

Croup: Your child most likely has croup, which is caused by a virus. It causes swelling around the vocal cords, resulting in a hoarse voice and barking cough. It is usually worse at night. Give him lots of clear liquids. Take him in the bathroom with the shower running to breathe steamy air. Call your doctor if a fever >101, more trouble breathing, or not tolerating fluids well. ...Read more

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I have been having a serious barking cough, for weeks now. It maybe allergic as the pollen count is very high these days. Can anyone help me?

I have been having a serious barking cough, for weeks now. It maybe allergic as the pollen count is very high these days. Can anyone help me?

Maybe not allergic: A barking cough suggests involvement of the windpipe and voice box - not the usual areas for allergies. Think croup, laryngotracheobronchitis, and whooping cough. Cough-variant asthma, vocal cord dysfunction, and acid reflux should also be considered. Your health care professional - medical assistant, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, md - can help you figure this out. ...Read more

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My 3yo son has what i think is croup. Horrible barking cough that will not let up day or night. I have tried everything and not much relief.Plz advise?

My 3yo son has what i think is croup. Horrible barking cough that will not let up day or night. I have tried everything and not much relief.Plz advise?

Croup: Laryngotracheitis or croup causes a harsh barky cough that sounds awful. Breathing cool air sometimes helps, and a short course of steroids does shorten the course. If any signs of respiratory distress, he should be brought in to the er. It is viral and otherwise needs to run its course, but if not improving bring him in to be evaluated by his doctor. ...Read more

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What can you do to relieve a barking cough?

What can you do to relieve a barking cough?

Barking seals cough: This is seen in croup. It helps to expose the child to a cold and humid air. Croup usually occcurs in the winter months and so opening up the window and letting your child breath at the window helps. If you can take the child outside sefely that works better. Humidifiers may help as well. If the child is having respiratory difficulty then u should take the child to er asap. ...Read more

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I am getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

I am getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

Get Evaluated: Cough is a symptom of an underlying disease. If a cough persists then it needs to be evaluated by one's physician. ...Read more

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What can I do or give my child, who is 6 yrs old, for a barking cough?

What can I do or give my child, who is 6 yrs old, for a barking cough?

Croup?: It sounds like croup. Humidifyimg the air in his room is helpful. Your doctor may prescribe either a steroid like Decadron (dexamethasone) and possibly racemic epinephrine. Encourage your child to drink well if he is able to also. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more