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What Is The Best Treatment For Persistent Winter Cough That Disappears In Summer
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
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
Need to see Doc : Chest congestion may have different causes, it could be cold, viral infections, bronchial asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia or fluids from heart trouble. If symptoms persists need to see a doc, and possibly a chest radiograph to make sure there is no fluid in lungs. Hence, treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more
Anticholinergic: Acute running upon exposure to cold air is a very common response. If the symptoms are self limited and not bothersome no treatment is indicated. You can try to lesson response by placing scarf over mouth to warm air while you are exposed. If conservative measures don't work drying agents like ipratropium bromide nasal spray can be used as needed to dry up nasal secretions acutely. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
Wheezing with cold : If you have asthma and are wheezing you need to use your rescue inhaler. Some viral infections, however can cause reactive airways and may cause you to wheeze even if you do not have asthma, in that case you need t o see your doctor to give you a bronchodilator. You may aslo trya steam vaporiser and soem liquid vicks in the vaporiser to make your breathing easier. ...Read more
What is the best what to trear sorry treat post nasal drip in a 9 year old? It happens quiye frequently.
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
If croup with woughping cough in infants is a result of viral infection then why doctors prescribe antibiotics ? Is it for just in case scenerio?
Empiric treatment: Often doctors don't know what the cause of a cough like illness is, unless they have done specific testing for it. Sometimes there are clues that make a clinical diagnosis easy, but it's always good to have confirmation with a lab test-then the best therapy can be prescribed. You're right-antibiotics don't work for viruses, but if the doctor is trying to cover all the bases, you might get an Rx. ...Read more
Etiology: A dry cough can be caused by a number of diseases including viral infection, allergy, asthma, or physical changes in the environment. The most important thing is to identify the cause of the cough. It is due to an irritation of the tracheal-bronchial lining. Treatment depends on cause. Otc treatment with mucinex, (guaifenesin) robitussin, vit. C or other cough depressants may help. Treatment requires cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the opinion on using umcka to fight the common cold? What about this flu that is spreading.
Limited data: No clinical trials have been run in the United States. A couple of trials have been run in other countries that may show minimal benefit. A review of these trials concluded it "... May be effective in alleviating symptoms of acute rhinosinusitis and the common cold in adults, but doubt exists." it will probably not hurt, but personally, i wouldn't spend my money on it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it advisable to exercise (e.G., run, cycle) with a persistent cough and lung congestion? What is the worst thing that could be expected to happen?
My 7 month old baby has croup what is the best way to treat it as we have rain and hummed weather in the middle of summer?
Comfort measures : Croup is caused by a virus, so like a cold. The best thing to do is keep your baby comfortable. Use pain relievers as needed. Make sure your baby drinks plenty of fluids. If your baby is having difficulty breathing, can't stop coughing or is not drinking or eating well, take him to the doctor. ...Read more
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