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What is the treatment for dry, coughing spasms?

What is the treatment for dry, coughing spasms?

Asthma treatment: Cough variant asthma may be what you are describing. Step wise asthma treatment can be helpful with steroid inhalers and bronchodilators. Medical evaluation with breathing tests, xrays, blood tests can check for other causes and help confirm the diagnosis. Of course smoking cessation, avoidance of dust and asthma triggers is helpful. ...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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I am having saveer coughing spasms that hurt so bad, can't sleep cuz i stop breathing or i cough uptons ofwater, i'm scared.

I am having saveer coughing spasms that hurt so bad, can't sleep cuz i stop breathing or i cough uptons ofwater, i'm scared.

Sleep apnea +: Please see your family doctor.Sleep apnea (where you stop breathing) causes a worsening of gerd in many people. This is where the contents of your stomach come into your throat and sinuses. It can also go down the wrong way into your lungs. It can even be projectile. The coughing is likely from what you are asperating into your lungs. Please see your family doctor, a sleep specialist + GI doc. ...Read more

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Cough that lasts over a week. No mucus production. Dry cough. Sometimes coughing spasms are mild. What could be wrong?

Cough that lasts over a week. No mucus production. Dry cough. Sometimes coughing spasms are mild. What could be wrong?

Multiple causes: Sometimes a dry cough can be a sign of asthma. If the cough continues for three weeks or more, I would recommend pulmonary function testing.
If you are experiencing a viral illness, then the symptoms should resolve and improve over the next one week. A
virtual consult is available by appt. for further management. ...Read more

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Dry, coughing spasms - do not have asthma. What can be done to relieve the cough (not drink a whole bottle of water)?

Dry, coughing spasms - do not have asthma. What can be done to relieve the cough (not drink a whole bottle of water)?

See your doctor: There could be a number of causes of frequent coughs. You may have allergies. You may have cough-variant asthma (not everyone with asthma has wheezing). You could have an infection. In the meantime, do drink plenty of fluids. Honey can be good for helping your cough (has been proven more effective than OTC cough meds). A humidifier at night may help also. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a viral cough?

What is the best treatment for a viral cough?

Supportive care: Nothing except time cures a viral cough. Rest, fluids, nutrition. You can try over the counter cold remedies. Your doc can prescrive a cough suppressant to help with the cough. 7 - 10 days for resolution of symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for allergic cough in elderly ?

What is the best treatment for allergic cough in elderly ?

Many: (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

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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?

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

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What is the best treatment for a cold, cough and a running nose that has lasted 2 months?

What is the best treatment for a cold, cough and a running nose that has lasted 2 months?

Allergy...: Your symptoms are likely related to allergy. You may be having bronchospasm as well as nasal allergy symptoms. There are prescription inhalers as well as nasal sprays that may help so see your doctor for diagnosis/treatment. You may need to see an allergist for testing to see what you are allergic to so that avoidance, if possible, can be done. If you smoke, smoking cessation is imperative. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for dry cough in elderly with less side effects and cause no sedation (e.g lozenges) if allergic response is the cause?

What is the best treatment for dry cough in elderly with less side effects and cause no sedation (e.g lozenges) if allergic response is the cause?

The cause: There are many reasons which can cause a dry cough and one really needs to get examined by a doctor to find out. I would usually start by measuring the lung function to find out whether a patient has asthma then go from there. ...Read more

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Dear dr. My daughter has a chiken box with fever and severe cough. What should I do ? What is the best treatment?

Dear dr.  My daughter has a chiken box with fever and severe cough. What should I do ? What is the best treatment?

Get to the Doctor: Any child with a fever should be seen and examined. There are prescription medications that may be needed. There is also a vaccine to have prevented this illness. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for dry cough caused by allergic laryngitis in elderly taking antihypertensive medication ?

What is the best treatment for dry cough caused by allergic laryngitis in elderly taking antihypertensive medication ?

Dry cough: in an elderly taking antihypertensive medications: first-off, it might be due to the antihypertensive drug itself if it is from some group like ACE inhibitors. Second, you need to see a doctor for several reasons for dry cough, local or systemic, best wishes ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for whooping cough? My son, age 20 has it. He had a severe reaction to the baby vaccine and never had the second shot.

What is the best treatment for whooping cough? My son, age 20 has it. He had a severe reaction to the baby vaccine and never had the second shot.

Azithromycin: Azithromycin is the indicated treatment for pertussis. Supportive measures such as hydration, rest and cough suppressants are also helpful but not mandatory. ...Read more

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Why does my cat allergy make me cough? Along with the sneezing and runny nose, I cough. Is loratadine effective for this?WHAT is the best treatment?

Why does my cat allergy make me cough? Along with the sneezing and runny nose, I cough.  Is loratadine effective for this?WHAT is the best treatment?

Simple...: The cat skin,hair cells enters your body by your nasal passage.that is why sneezing and cough( body trying to expel it ), runny nose because of your immune cells reacting with the cat antigen causing swelling and inflammation and oozing of fluid. Nasonex (mometasone) nasal spray will help better. The best way is to keep the cat outside the house,after that ventilate the house well, use Nasonex (mometasone),loratadine prn. ...Read more

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What are the best treatment for cough?

What are the best treatment for cough?

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 dont improve call your doctor. ...Read more

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What’s the best treatment for persistent cold related cough?

What’s the best treatment for persistent cold related cough?

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

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What is the best natural treatment for a dry cough?

What is the best natural treatment for a dry cough?

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

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Hello Dr. I have a papilloma on my uvula.. There is only minor discomfort when i cough. If i am unable to visit a Dr. what is the best cure/treatment?

Hello Dr. I have a papilloma on my uvula.. There is only minor discomfort when i cough. If i am unable to visit a Dr. what is the best cure/treatment?

There doesn't seem: to be a cure or treatment for such a mass on your uvula outside of surgical excision or cauterization, if the mass is small enough. If you cannot get to a physician/oral cavity or ENT surgeon now, I suggest you wait a bit until you are able to. Or make it a priority to see a surgeon. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a chronic dry cough and flue in a patient who is HIV positive but started ARV therapy and their cd4 is normal.what is the best tr?

What is the cause of a chronic dry cough and flue in a patient who is HIV positive but started ARV therapy and their cd4 is normal.what is the best tr?

Mgt workup: There are several possible associated conditions with the symptoms described. I would suggest an evaluation to include a chest radiograph and repeat serial testing of his CD4 count. ...Read more

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Does anyone have a cure for coughing spasms?

Does anyone have a cure for coughing spasms?

Reason for cough?: Check with your doctor before you start purchasing otc medications or go with homeopathic/herbal or other concoctions. Cough could be post nasal drip mucus (upper respiratory) versus cough-wheezing (lower-asthma-bronchitis). Give a good history of when it began, what times of day are worse, associated symptoms, what you have given. ...Read more

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What is best treatment for cough syncope besides quitting smoking?

See Doctor: Cough can have many causes and should be evaluated by your Doctor in order to determine the right treatment course. Stopping smoking would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any surgical treatment for spasticity due to cervical myelopathy ?

Please let me know if there is any surgical treatment for spasticity due to cervical myelopathy ?

There are surgical: Options, such as tendon transfers. There are physicians at tgh that i know can do this. However, this will not correct the myelopathy, it will only ease the pain from the spasticity. It may not improve function as well. Have you tried Botox injections? They are very useful with spasticity of you have not tried yet. ...Read more

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I can not stop these coughing spasms. I don't feel sick. Next steps?

I can not stop these  coughing spasms. I don't feel sick. Next steps?

Asthma treatment: Cough variant asthma may be what you are describing. Step wise asthma treatment can be helpful with steroid inhalers and bronchodilators. If spasms are severe, adult pertussis may be possible treated with antibiotics. Medical evaluation with breathing tests, xrays, blood tests. Of course smoking cessation, avoidance of dust and asthma triggers is helpful, sleep in a dust free environment. ...Read more

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Why do u have random coughing spasms?

Why do u have random coughing spasms?

Reason for cough?: Check with your doctor before you start purchasing otc medications or go with homeopathic/herbal or other concoctions. Cough could be post nasal drip mucus (upper respiratory) versus cough-wheezing (lower-asthma-bronchitis). Give a good history of when it began, what times of day are worse, associated symptoms, what you have given. ...Read more

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Coughing spasms. Please help. Work in library?

Coughing spasms. Please help. Work in library?

Some thoughts: Your symptoms may be caused by a number of factors. If you have a history of allergic disease, a family history or childhood history of asthma, these are risk factors for wheezing in response to environmental triggers. If you have symptoms such as a dry, hacking cough, shortness of breath, chest pressure, I would suggest lung function testing. Infections and cardiac causes should also be ruled out ...Read more

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Coughing spasms for over two months, nothing is helping. I don't know what to do next?

Coughing spasms for over two months, nothing is helping. I don't know what to do next?

Cough: This could be a serious problem. See your doctor for a check up as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have coughing spasms for serval months today i've been coughing up white chalky substance what's wrong?

I have coughing spasms for serval months today i've been coughing up white chalky substance what's wrong?

Cough: Sounds like a bronchitis. Unsure if this is a manifestation of copd/ asthma with acute infection/other. Recommend a formal medical eval. ...Read more

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Coughing Spasms (Definition)

Coughing spasms = continual coughing ...Read more