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What To Do For A Dry Cough
Try this: If acute, likely due to a virus, Try humidifier by your bed, and change water every day. If no humidifier, try steam shower. Keep head of bed elevated. Drink plenty of fluids and rest your voice, including whispering. If cough persists, see your clinician - it can be due to gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), allergies, certain medications, underlying asthma, or a persistent infection ...Read more
Origin of cough??: Is it originating in the lungs or the back of the pharynx? They are treated differently! Also, even after an infection is gone and inactive you may have residual effects on the inner linings of your breathing tubes (bronchi). So you may have a residual cough even after your lung infection is cured. ...Read more
My mom has been taking nyquil for 5 days but with no relief to her cough. What should we do for her dry cough.
A Dr should see her: Older people can get worn out from things like persistent coughing, so have a doctor evaluate her asap. It could be a condition that requires an antibiotic or another prescription. Instructions on the bottle advice that and it's true. Hopefully, she'll feel better sooner. Thanks for being there for her - most parents wish for that! ...Read more
Determine cause: Chronic dry cough is most commonly due to 3 conditions: asthma, post-nasal drip, or GERD (heartburn). You might have one or a combination of all three. Post-viral cough is also very common and can last for weeks. Further workup by an Allergist is helpful as they can perform a more detailed assessment including skin testing and pulmonary function testing. Treatment will depend on cause. ...Read more
Need diagnosis first: Possible causes of a chronic cough include bronchospasm of any etiology, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of 2 or more of these diagnoses. Treatment depends on the etiology which often requires testing for precise diagnosis. See your doctor so proper diagnosis of your cough can be determined and treatment can be rendered. Quit smoking if you are smoking. Your doctor can help w/this, too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dry cough: Well, first stop smoking! that should help and if it continues, you need to see your doctor to see if you have damaged your lungs already and need an inhaler. Also, if you are stomach problems, they can make you cough, so really you should see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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