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What To Take For A Dry Hacking Cough
I have this dry hacking cough — frequent — and has been going on for 2 months it seems. I have GERD (take medication), use a CPAP... It won't stop. Help?
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
Diagnose first...: Before a persistent cough can be treated, you first need to know the etiology of the cough. If it is non-productive, possibilities include bronchospasm of any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination. All of these have different treatments. If the persistent cough is productive of sputum, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, again a different treatment. See doctor for diagnosis. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: A person with a persistent dry cough can be evaluated by a doctor to see if antibiotics, asthma meds, or allergy meds are needed. Possible causes include viral or bacterial infection, the flu, mild "whooping cough", regular pneumonia, "walking pneumonia", allergic problems, asthma, etc... People with very mild, non-persistent symptoms sometimes find the otc allergy and cough meds helpful. ...Read more
Pretty sure I have bronchitis (had it a few times before). Are there any new good OTC cough suppressants you can recommend for a dry hacking cough?
Diagnose first...: Before treating a cough, the cause of the cough needs to be diagnosed. Possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, GERD, post-nasal drip or even a combination of these factors. All of these have different treatments so your cough needs to be diagnosed first. If you smoke, you need to quit ASAP to decrease airway inflammation. See a lung doctor for diagnosis and treatment! ...Read more
Sharp pains in my lower back and a dry hacking cough every nite for 5months. Back pain is in the majority of every day. Could this problem be serious?
Should get workup: Persistent unrelanting cough should always be assessed by a physician and treated. The back pain may be related to the constant coughing. Stay away from over the counter antitussive medications. They may only perpetuate the problem. Get an appointment with a physician and you will sleep much more soundly. ...Read more
Cough/sinus problem: If you have a sinus drip yuou may be coughing from the drip as well. Dry hacking cough along with sinus pressure may be from hay fever. Try sinus lavage with slaine solution and suck on lozenges and warm salt water gragles along with allergy meds may help. If bad you should see your doc. ...Read more
I have a dry hacking cough with pain between my shoulder blades for a week. Could it be whooping cough?
My 4yo has a dry hacking cough. No fever, rash etc still eating and seems himself. But has long coughing fits intermittantly through the day and night?
Possibly Croup: Croup is a common respiratory problem in young children. It tends to occur in the fall and winter. Its main symptom is a harsh, barking cough. Croup causes swelling and narrowing in the voice box, windpipe, and breathing tubes that lead to the lungs. An attack of croup can be scary, but it is rarely serious. Children usually get better in several days with rest and care at home. ...Read more
My 2 year old has a dry hacking cough when she sleeps. No stridor or wheezing. What can I do to ensure it does not turn in to something worse?
Is pro air safe? "I am 6 weeks pregnant and was just given pro air by my primary care dr to help with a dry hacking cough I have had for 2 1/2 week. I saw its concidered class c. Should I stop taking it?"
Class c medications may have some detrimental effects pregnancy or detrimental effects have been demonstrated in animal studies but not confirmed in humans or, the manufacturer designates a medication as class c. Your physician will assess the relative risks and benefits with you to help you decide.
Proair is commonly used in pregnancy on a regular basis for those women with asthma. There is a risk to the pregnancy of uncontrolled asthma, so those with asthma should control their disease to optimize the outcome of the pregnancy.
It sounds more like you have a bronchitic cough rather than chronic asthma. Even so, an inhaler often helps the bronchospasm associated with a chronic cough. ...Read more
I was given tessalon perles, singular, and Ventolin inhaler last week, then a Z-pack Tuesday. Still, have a dry hacking cough. Anything else to do?
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
Possibilities...: First, the duration of the cough is important to determine cause. For example, if is present for a few days to week, the likely diagnosis is acute bronchitis. If present for over 3 weeks, then possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, chronic bronchitis, post-nasal drip, gerd, or even a combination of factors. See you doctor for eval and definitive treatment. ...Read more
Depends....: If you have a cough due to an infection, as in acute bronchitis, then an expectorant would be recommended so you could cough out the infected sputum. If there is no infection present, like an allergy related cough, then a suppressant may be helpful. If you are unsure, see your doctor so it can be determined whether there is infection present. ...Read more
2yr old has dry hacking cough, since november. Dr confirmed lungs clear. The same thing happens each year in winter. Would a humidifier help?
Yes: It sounds like your child has an irritated respiratory tract. It 's great the lungs are clear. A vaporizer or humidifier often helps in winter months when the humidity is low. Also, you may want to try a dose of Diphenhydramine at bedtime (like benadryl). If the cough continues or worsens, check back with your doctor. ...Read more
Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help ease a constant, dry hacking cough? Am pregnant, cough is severe enough that I worry I'll miscarry from the force of it.
No you should: Call your obstetrician now so they can get more details? Fever? How long going on? Any history of asthma? Etc. I would not take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or anything for the cough until you speak to them. Better off with rest, lots of warm fluids ...If you don't have a dr. Yet go to an "urgent care" center near your home. ...Read more
I have the flu. 102 fever, aches/pains and dry, hacking cough. No doctor available... what do I do now?
Rest,fluids,Sambucol: Western medicine does not have effective flu treatments (I'm not impressed with Tamiflu). Drink lots of water. Drugs that reduce fever may provide temporary relief but sabotage your immune system & prolong the flu! Sambucol (from health food store) is proven to help. The most effective treatment is the correct homeopathic remedy (again at health food stores): http://tinyurl.com/kutk6ef & comment: ...Read more
Is it wise to take antibiotics for green mucus from lungs, but no fever or hacking cough, but I do have COPD or do I wait and see if I do get sicker?
Weezing, hacking cough with severe dry raw sore throat, what can help my throat heal and how can I make sure I don't get this again?
I have a hacking cough, clogged ears, loss of appetite and dry vomiting. Dylsum, nyquil, dayquil, and sudafed haven't worked. What should I do?
Cough: Cough is a normal, protective response by your body to clear aspiration or infection. You need to find out why you are coughing before you can treat it. You have not shared any information about yourself or your medical or social history. If you smoke, stop. Consider a more detailed consult through Health Tap Prime or see your doctor. ...Read more
You need to see MD:
Coughing a lot for two weeks and after travelling for 12 hours, can be serious.
You need to see a doctor. Get examied and
If indicated a chest xray and/or blodd test to find out the cause and treat properly. You may have caught something during your flight which is not uncommon. ...Read more
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