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What is best for cough with phlegm.

What is best for cough with phlegm.

Robitussin: I would recommend doing a sinus wash so that you get rid of the mucous, maybe using mucinex or robitussin. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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Please help! what is the treatment for a productive cough?

Please help! what is the treatment for a productive cough?

Expectoration: The best treatment if feasible is expectoration to avoid stagnation and inspissation of mucous in the airways if they are from the lung . If infected, antibiotics is used. Fluid and mucolytics are a good way to start. ...Read more

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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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What is the best treatment for an itchy throat that also induces phlegm?

What is the best treatment for an itchy throat that also induces phlegm?

ANTIHISTAMIN//DECONG: Most of the time itchy throat and phlegm are due to allergy and antihistamines and decongestants may help the sumptoms. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for sinus congestion and a cough?

What is the best medicine for sinus congestion and a cough?

OTC is ok: If this is a short duration problems (< 1 week) then over the counter (otc) medications like mucinex, (guaifenesin) robitussin, or other cough and cold remedies are fine. Read and follow the labels, as even otc meds can be harmful. If this is a longer term problem see your pcp or ENT as there could be a need for prescription type medications. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the treatment for sorethroat with cough?

What are the treatment for sorethroat with cough?

Tips: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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What is the best cure for a sore throat and dry cough?

What is the best cure for a sore throat and dry cough?

ST: Fluids, lozenges. Not smoking. Treat the possibles cause (i.E, allergies, cold, reflux, excessive screaming, avoid dust & dry air), dental problems. ...Read more

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What is approprate medicine for pain in ribs and productive cough with grey white sputum?

What is approprate medicine for pain in ribs and productive cough with grey white sputum?

Depends: If you have also been having chills or a fever, there's a decent chance you might have a pneumonia, in which case you will need an antibiotic. If this is just bronchitis and the pain is simply from coughing, a little Ibuprofen might help. Frankly, you probably need a physical and a chest xray. Pneumonias left untreated can be dangerous and lead to complications. See a doc. ...Read more

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What is the very best way to clear a stuffy nose with no mucus?

What is the very best way to clear a stuffy nose with no mucus?

Try this: Neti pots can reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head & pour solution into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly & spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed & again in the morning. You can watch a video online to get the finer details down. ...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 cure for a persistent cough?

What is the best cure for a persistent cough?

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

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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 congested nose?

What is the best treatment for a congested nose?

Saline solution: Are very cheap. Apply that on the nose, topically or use a spray mist, dry it with fresh q tips and coat your nostril with aquaphor ointment, vaseline or a & d ointment. May repeat as often as needed. At times you may need allergy med or prescription nose spray if severe. Steaming up the bathroom help loosen up very stuffed up nose especially the little babies. Breathe better after a shower, right? ...Read more

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What is the best recommendation for a dry cough?

What is the best recommendation for a dry cough?

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 more

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What is the best medication for non- rhinitis, and how much?

What is the best medication for non- rhinitis, and how much?

Rhinitis: If you meant non-allergic rhinitis it could mean many things and the treatment depends on the exact diagnosis. Undiscovered allergy is possible. I saw a patient with this diagnosis from several allergist only to discover she had a number of chinchillas in her home and she was allergic to them and their talc baths. Sinusitis, gerd, dental infections are all possible... Check it out. Don't settle! ...Read more

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What is the best antibiotics for yellow phlegm doc ?

What is the best antibiotics for yellow phlegm doc ?

More needed: Yellow phlegm only is not a symptom that is usually treated with antibiotics. Your other symptoms, if any, will be critical in deciding the need for antibiotics. ...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 is the best treatment for a hoarse throat?

What is the best treatment for a hoarse throat?

Voice rest: And salt water gargles and rest.If this is not a result of cheering for your team then it may be the start of a viral sore throat.Back to answer # 1:voice rest, warm saline gargles and personal rest.I'd also advise chicken noodle soup as well.If mom can prepare it you'll recover faster. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for clear runny nose in 3 yr old?

What is the best treatment for clear runny nose in 3 yr old?

Depends: Clear runny nose (called rhinorrhea) can be related to a cold in which case it will resolve on it's own within 7-10 days. Prolonged clear runny nose could be an allergy. If that's the case, it should respond well to a new generation antihistamine such as zyrtec, Claritin (loratadine) or allegra. Each of these comes as a syrup. If it doesn't respond, a physician can assist in evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Sore throat and severe coughing of yellow sputum. What OTC is good for this?

Sore throat and severe coughing of yellow sputum. What OTC is good for this?

Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM : If you have a fever, you should call your md. If you smoke, you need to stop. Drink lots of fluid. Mucinex (guaifenesin) helps to break up mucus. Tea with honeyh and lemon will help your throat. ...Read more

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What causes the chronic productive cough with thick yellow mucous?

What causes the chronic productive cough with thick yellow mucous?

Possibly...: Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is a possible cause for these symptoms. If a productive cough lasts 3 weeks or longer, it needs to be evaluated by a doctor. If there is shortness of breath, you should be evaluated today, in an er if your doctor can't see you right away! there is no cure for chronic bronchitis but symptoms can be controlled with therapy! ...Read more

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Feeling ill (on and off) since Oct. Today woke with severe headache, productive cough (thick mucous), pain. Should I go to urgent care or ride it out?

Feeling ill (on and off) since Oct. Today woke with severe headache, productive cough (thick mucous), pain. Should I go to urgent care or ride it out?

See your doc: Sounds like a supra infection in top of lingering symptoms from a previous one. Best will be to check your temperature, acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever and/or pain, hot tea for hydration and a sick visit with your doc in am. If no doc or unable to see you tomorrow, Urgent Care is your best choice. ...Read more

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I've had "cold" symptoms for 3 wks. Including productive cough with tan/green thick mucous, sinus/ear cong., severe fatigue. Levaquin (levofloxacin) 250 x5days didn't help much. I'm very fatigued everyday and a bit SOB.

I've had "cold" symptoms for 3 wks. Including productive cough with tan/green thick mucous, sinus/ear cong., severe fatigue. Levaquin (levofloxacin) 250 x5days didn't help much. I'm very fatigued everyday and a bit SOB.

Mgt: Fatigue is common after a viral or bacterial illness. I would suggest rest, drinking fluids and checking your temperature. If there is fever, new or prolonged symptoms, please see your PCP. ...Read more

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Does a productive cough for past 2 weeks with clear and green mucus mean anything specific?

Does a productive cough for past 2 weeks with clear and green mucus mean anything specific?

Depends.: Depends on what other symptoms you might be having. But a lot of time when sick with a cold or flu or virus or infection of some sort a cough may usually linger for a while. ...Read more

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What is a chronic productive cough with spotted mucus a symptom of?

What is a chronic productive cough with spotted mucus a symptom of?

Spotted?: If spotted with blood it is most commonly bronchitis, especially if patient is on blood thinner. However it could be more serious and you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Experiencing an asthma flare for almost a month and I have had a productive cough. Today I noticed blood in the mucus I coughed up. Diagnosis, tests?

Experiencing an asthma flare for almost a month and I have had a productive cough. Today I noticed 
blood in the mucus I coughed up. Diagnosis, tests?

See doctor: This shows that your asthma is not under control . I do not see any medication you are taking for this condition either. You need to see your doctor ASAP before you get into more trouble with your asthma. ...Read more

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Burning productive cough, yellow mucus, diZziness, fatigue, slight fever. What are the most common possibilities?

Burning productive cough, yellow mucus, diZziness, fatigue, slight fever. What are the most common possibilities?

Respiratory infectio: Fever with productive cough and with burning sensation is an indication of infection in the respiratory tract may be upper or lower tract. It could be spectrum of sinusitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis with or without pneumonia. ...Read more

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Heavy chest congestion / non productive cough / after 8-9 day cold / expectorants (2 weeks) not producing mucus / no nasal congestion / headaches :(?

Heavy chest congestion / non productive cough / after 8-9 day cold / expectorants (2 weeks) not producing mucus / no nasal congestion / headaches :(?

See Doctor: Symptoms persist despite over the counter medications next step is to see your doctor for examination, perhaps chest x-ray ...Read more

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Why do I still have yellow mucus, sore throat and productive cough 2 weeks after given amoxicillin for strep throat?

Why do I still have yellow mucus, sore throat and productive cough 2 weeks after given amoxicillin for strep throat?

Stept throat: The most likely thing is that you did not have strept throat unless a culture was done. It is was a strept throat You probably have a viral problem that takes bout 2-3 weeks to get better if you take antibiotics or 13-21 days if you don't. Have others at your work/school had similar problems? Good discussion at Wikipedia for more info. Amox is not drug of choice in US. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck, sore throat, productive cough (clear mucus), both ears hurt, and occasionally I sneeze out yellow mucus. Any ideas?

I have a stiff neck, sore throat, productive cough (clear mucus), both ears hurt, and occasionally I sneeze out yellow mucus. Any ideas?

Varies: Certainly among the more common causes are an infectious process such as in the sinuses for example; "allergies" can be another cause. A good medical checkup is sometimes a good place to start. ...Read more

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Feeling like scratch down side of throat with ear irritation, couple days later led to productive cough with yellow/green mucous. Raw feeling. Strep?

Feeling like scratch down side of throat with ear irritation, couple days later led to productive cough with yellow/green mucous. Raw feeling. Strep?

Dr. can check throat: Throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or other virus (antibiotics usually not used), allergies or irritants, sinusitis, stomach reflux when asleep, etc... Usually, a person sees the doctor if the throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). ...Read more

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I have woken up with my eyes sealed shut from green mucous along with an extremely sore throat, productive cough, red eyes, stuffy nose and exhaustion

I have woken up with my eyes sealed shut from green mucous along with an extremely sore throat, productive cough, red eyes, stuffy nose and exhaustion

Viral URI: The mucus lining of the eye and of the nose and throat can be simultaneously infected by a virus at the same time. The usual treatments you might take for a cold are in order here. Keep the eyes clean with warm moist cloths but unless the vision is significantly disturbed or the eyes start to become painful, you can probably let this run its course. ...Read more

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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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Productive Cough (Definition)

cough which ...Read more