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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

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Is eating yogurt ice cream ok to eat when you have upper respiratory cough.

Is eating yogurt ice cream ok to eat when you have upper respiratory cough.

Yes: Unless you have reaction to temperatures like cold or the ingredients of the yogurt ice cream, that should be ok. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over the counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Once
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
Once
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Why does eating ice cream make me cough?

Why does eating ice cream make me cough?

Cold induced cough?: It is reported that breathing cold air without adequate temperature equilibration can lead to coughing (respiratory autonomic response). I suppose that ice cream might have a similar effect. (i don't know this for a fact, it just seems to make physiologic sense). ...Read more

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Would eating ice cream help if you have a cough?

Would eating ice cream help if you have a cough?

No: Eating ice cream probably has little impact on a cough, however, it may sooth a sore throat, especially butterscotch ice cream. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Take an expectorant
2x day
Use ginger and turmeric to help with cough and inflammation
2x day
If not better in 3 days, consult doctor to possibly get an antibiotic
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Would something really cold like ice cream be good for an irritated/inflamed throat due to cough?

Would something really cold like ice cream be good for an irritated/inflamed throat due to cough?

Sore throat: Hello. Cold temperatures may help soothe an irritated throat from a cough. Analgesics such as Motrin or tylenolmay also be of benefit. Give it a try. ...Read more

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Is is bad idea to eat ice cream when he has phlegm when coughing while he is recovering from bronchitis?

Not really: Eating ice cream may make him feel better. Coughing is normal when recovering from bronchitis. Unless he is choking on liquids, i think it should be okay. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
Once
Take over-the-counter antitussive medicine (such as Robitussin)
Once
If short of breath, chest pain, fever, or worsened cough, call Dr.
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Is it ok to eat ice cream with productive coughing?

Cough: You can eat whatever you want with a productive cough. There are certain people who have dairy intolerance that results in allergy type symptoms so just be aware. ...Read more

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