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Why Do I Just Keep On Coughing
See a gynecologist: Who can do several tests to see where the weakness is in the system and advise you on approaches to this, which is called "stress incontinence". ...Read more
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
Need diagnosis...: Before any cough can be treated, the etiology must be diagnosed. Etiologies of cough include acute bronchitis, bronchospasm from any cause, post-nasal drip, gerd or even a combination of factors. All of these have different treatments so you need a diagnosis for the cough first. See your doctor for diagnosis and then treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit to reduce airway inflammation. ...Read more
My 2yr son been having a cough for like 2 weeks now its gotten better just that coughing that doesn't go away I tried every med and none seem to work.
Have him checked: Coughing over 2 weeks deserves an adequate evaluation. ...Read more
Cough: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea w a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea w 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 mins). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Cougher: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. Lemon juice & 1 tsp. Honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. 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. ...Read more
Determine cause: Chronic 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 Allergist is helpful as they can perform a more detailed assessment including skin testing, pulmonary function testing, etc. Treatment will depend on cause. ...Read more
Coughing: 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
Not necessarily.: A cough is not a necessary hallmark of IPF. If the disease is mild or even moderate you probably won't be coughing because of the IPF alone. You may be more prone to coughing if the lung is irritated with an infection, a noxious chemical or gas or an allergic reaction. A cough does not mean you have IPF and the absence of the cough does not mean you do not have IPF. ...Read more
Cough drop over dose: Usually cough drops are over the counter and mild in strength with recommended dosages from their packaging label. However too much of anything can be bad so stick to recommended doses. If coughing is still problematic consider another remedy such as a tablespoon of honey (one study showed efficacy from Buckwheat honey equivalent to prescription narcotic suppressants). Don't give honey to infants. ...Read more
See doctor: Physical exam and possibly chest x-ray may be necessary, but this will depend upon the clinical history and findings by your doctor. ...Read more
Hot sweats and cough: Chronic cough and hot sweats is reason enough to get checked by a PCP. If they are related (not coincidental) then you need a proper diagnosis based on good history, exam, chest X-ray, and labs/blood work. If you also have unintended weight loss, then don't wait any longer to make appt. ...Read more
My 13 week old has a barky cough. It's not continual, just every once in a while. Should I take him to the dr?
Workup and Mgt: I agree that this may be a mild viral illness, which should resolve spontaneously. If it does not, and/or is associated with other symptoms such as respiratory distress, poor feeding, sweating, poor growth, then I would advise a further evaluation. This may include imaging studies of the airway. ...Read more
My son is 9 weeks old and just came down with a cough. Is there anything safe over-the-counter that I can give him?
No: The best thing to do is to check with his doctor. Since he is so young, you can't easily tell what the cause is. Most cough and cold meds are not approved for children under 4 years old- they aren't effective and have side effects. Clean your baby's nose with saline drops and the bulb syringe. Use a cool mist humidifier. Make sure he is drinking enough fluid. ...Read more
I am having cough fr abt a month. I keep coughing whole day....I feel vry tired d whole day...Plzz tell me what to do?
I've a dry husky cough what is the best cough bottle to get. I don't smoke its just a cough I always get this time of year.?
Was in West Coast for the past 3 months and just came back East for the holidays and developed a slight cough. Climate change?
Maybe or..: You may be having a cold. If it continues more than a week check with a doctor ...Read more
Hi, our 18 month boy tested positive for Adenovirus, he is a lot happier today, do we just ride it out? Small cough, and stable temp.
If I ever inhaled food would I have to cough I feel food go down the wrong pipe but I don't choke or cough does it just go down but?
Does an infant with a staccato cough coughs a lot during a day or it can happen just once a day? Does the baby coughs a lot and always or?
I am having cough, today morning I have noticed blood with white cough. I don't have cold just rare coughing ups. Help me with better solution?
See a doctor...: A cough productive of blood is called hemoptysis. The most common reason for this is bronchitis but it can also be a sign of malignancy so it is a symptom which always needs to be evaluated by a doctor. See your family doctor as soon as possible. You will likely require further testing to be sure it is due to a benign condition. Treatment can also be initiated by your doctor. ...Read more
How long will the cough from bronchitis last? Going on 4 weeks now with cough, just finished all meds &today I am hacking again, it's very painful
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