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Sob.Wheeze. Throat mucus. Difficulty swallowing. Wake up tired stuffy. Sinus problems. Cough up mucus. Could this be silent reflux? Natural treatment

Possibilities....: Your breathing difficulties are likely due to bronchospasm. The bronchospasm could be due to post-nasal drip (or other sinus problems) and/or reflux. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers can treat the bronchospasm and there are treatments for the sinuses and reflux so see your doctor asap. Smoking cessation will help improve your breathing as well. If your breathing worsens, go to the er. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

Productive cough is a symptom in which a person feels there is mucus coming up from his chest when he coughs. Sometimes, a person mistakenly believes the mucus is coming from the chest when it is actually dripping down from the nose and throat. True mucus or phlegm (infected mucousy material) can be ...Read more


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I am an asthmatic and I have a productive cough for 3 days already. What's the best OTC cough med for me? Are mucolytics not good for asthmatics?

I am an asthmatic and I have a productive cough for 3 days already. What's the best OTC cough med for me? Are mucolytics not  good for asthmatics?

Fine: Mucolytics are okay, but the question is, how much are you using your inhalers and does the cough represent out of control constriction of your breathing passages? 3 days is enough. Get checked. Waiting too long to figure out what is happening can be dangerous, if you know what i mean. Very dangerous. Just have it checked out. Your medication may need to be adjusted. All the best. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for 2 days of productive cough ?

What is the best medicine for  2 days of productive cough ?

Fluids: Keep drinking fluids, use Guaifenesin (mucinex). You should visit your doctor to see if you need antibiotic, bronchodilators or some other treatment. ...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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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?

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

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