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Why do I cough so hard when its sinus drainage?

Why do I cough so hard when its sinus drainage?

Irritation: The drainage down the back of your throat causes irritation that your body wants to get rid of leading to your cough reflex. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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What would be great for a cough due to sinus drainage?

What would be great for a cough due to sinus drainage?

Cough due to sinus: You can use delsym for the cough. For the post nasal drip, try sudafed 1 to 2 tabs three times a day. If you have high blood pressure try 1 pill instead of two. Feel better! ...Read more

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Can you have sinus headache with no drainage or cough?

Can you have sinus headache with no drainage or cough?

Yes!: Sinusitis can have various symptoms, including no drainage or cough. When in doubt have things checked by your physician. ...Read more

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Have a cough and cannot get rid of it, been to the Dr before, all he said was sinus drainage, is there a cough medicine I can take for this?

Have a cough and cannot get rid of it, been to the Dr before, all he said was sinus drainage, is there a cough medicine I can take for this?

Antihistamine: If it is due to sinus drainage, you can try an allergy medicine over the counter. It may also help for you to get a nasal steroid spray prescribed by your doctor which can also relieve the swelling in your sinuses. This would decrease the drainage to the back of your throat, which is causing the cough. ...Read more

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How do you tell if a cough is due to lung congestion or just sinus drainage?

How do you tell if a cough is due to lung congestion or just sinus drainage?

Physician Eval...: Often, your doctor can tell the difference by examining you, including listening to your lungs with a stethoscope while you breathe deeply. If your lungs are congested, there will be abnormal sounds over your lung fields. With sinus congestion, your lungs will sound normal (unless bronchospasm related to your sinuses is present. If so, wheezing will be heard!). ...Read more

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I think I have a sinus infection. Temperature is 101.4 and yellow drainage with a cough that seems nonstop and generally feeling bad.

I think I have a sinus infection. Temperature is 101.4 and yellow drainage with a cough that seems nonstop and generally feeling bad.

Sinus infection: A high temperature as you described is concerning for infection. This may be seen with a streptococcal infection such as strep throat. I recommend that you see a provider immediately. ...Read more

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What can I take to get rid of a nagging cough due to I believe sinus drainage I have heard that a simple saline spray is good. Can I make thus myself?

What can I take to get rid of a nagging cough due to I believe sinus drainage I have heard that a simple saline spray is good. Can I make thus myself?

Salt water washes: Buy one of the squirt bottle kits with the ready-made packets. Buy a gallon or two of distilled water. Use it twice per day. Huge difference! ...Read more

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I'm having a real bad dry throat and in the very back of my throat I can see sinus drainage plus blood. I can't cough (or hack) it out.?

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I'm having a real bad dry throat and in the very back of my throat I can see sinus drainage plus blood. I can't cough (or hack) it out.?

Post nasal drip: Try saline irrigation of your nasal passage and spit it out of your mouth. See an ENT doctor to locate the source of bleeding and treatment of your possible sinusitis. ...Read more

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Itchy feeling in lungs, constant non productive cough, no sinus or drainage issues. Do have asthma, but albuterol isn't helping. Asthma or other?

Itchy feeling in lungs, constant non productive cough, no sinus or drainage issues. Do have asthma, but albuterol isn't helping. Asthma or other?

See doctor: This indicates that your asthma is not well controlled and frequent use of albuterol for relief often leads to worsening in asthma. Seek medical care before it is too late. It appears that you will need a controller medication and soon. ...Read more

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I have a stubborn cough that seems to be drainage from possible sinus infection - would like to know what exactly it is. This cough is stubborn mucus that seems to originate from sinuses & drains me of energy. Have had this for a couple of weeks. For the

I have a stubborn cough that seems to be drainage from possible sinus infection - would like to know what exactly it is. This cough is stubborn mucus that seems to originate from sinuses & drains me of energy. Have had this for a couple of weeks. For the

It's: It's never possible to know exactly what is wrong with a patient unless you are face-to-face with him or her, but it does sound like you are describing upper-airway cough syndrome. This is when the lining of the nose is making too much mucous which will then drip back into the throat, occasionally irritating the vocal cords, making them spasm and induce coughing.

This condition is often treated with antihistamines like zyrtec or allegra, however, there is evidence that the older antihistamines like chlorpheniramine may be more effective, but they can also be sedating and cause side effects like dizziness, especially in older patients. Sometimes a decongestant like sudafed can also be helpful, but this is something that can be very dangerous in older patients or those with heart conditions. Nasal steroid sprays like Flonase and Nasonex (mometasone) (both prescription only) can also be helpful. Otc nasal sprays like afrin should be avoided, because while they are remarkably effective at clearing up nasal discharge, when on stops taking them, even after only a few days, the congestion can return even worse than it was.

While upper-airway cough syndrome is a benign condition that typically gets better even without medication, a cough lasting for more than 2 weeks should be evaluated by a physician. Many other much more serious conditions can present this way. Pneumonia, lung cancer, and auto-immune lung disease are just of handful of very serious conditions that could be described by your symptoms, but are impossible to diagnose without actually seeing the patient. ...Read more

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Asthmatic, getting over flu-like illness. When can I exercise? Occasional cough, sinus drainage, on prednisone. Six days since onset.

Asthmatic, getting over flu-like illness. When can I exercise? Occasional cough, sinus drainage, on prednisone. Six days since onset.

As soon: As you have your breathing under control and fevers are over for at least 24 hours. Begin less vigorously and for shorter than usual and build back up over a couple weeks. Activity as tolerated is recommended during recovery especially as it promotes mental and physical health. ...Read more

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Can you have a sinus infection with no cold, drainage, cough? Cat scan showed severe sinusitis, only symptom is facial/head pain, now on meds

Can you have a sinus infection with no cold, drainage, cough? Cat scan showed severe sinusitis, only symptom is facial/head pain, now on meds

Yes: Usually treated medically with decongestants and antibiotics. If recurrent, you you might have mechanical blockage at osteo-meatal-complex and need surgery to promote drainage. See an ENT. ...Read more

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My granddaughter has her first cold. She is almost 5 months old. She has some sinus drainage (clear) not a lot is making it to her nose, she has a cough but no rattle when breathing, no fever. I have watered her bottle down, done back percussions, have sa

My granddaughter has her first cold. She is almost 5 months old. She has some sinus drainage (clear) not a lot is making it to her nose, she has a cough but no rattle when breathing, no fever. I have watered her bottle down, done back percussions, have sa

There: There are no over the counter cough or cold medications that are safe to give any children under 2 years old. They were all removed from the shelves a few years ago. Research showed that they did not help kids feel better in that age group and in fact could be harmful.

If your granddaughter is congested, you can run a cool mist vaporizer in her room and use saline and nasal suction to clear her nose. Otherwise you just have to let it run it's course.

You should not add water to her bottle. Even though this was common practice years ago, we found that a baby's kidneys are too immature to be able to handle water. Too much water can lower an infant's salt levels and cause seizures. You should continue breast milk or formula and can use a rehydration solution such as pedialyte which all have proper salt ratios for little ones.

If she develops a fever, has any difficulty breathing, stops eating/drinking, acts very irritable or sleepy or acts sick in any way, call her doctor right away. ...Read more

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Back from jamaica w/sore throat, sinus cong, drainage, and dry cough -7 days now. Cold?

Back from jamaica w/sore throat, sinus cong, drainage, and dry cough -7 days now. Cold?

Could be: It could be a cold or a sinus infection. See a doctor for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Have asthma. Clear sinus drainage. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex (mometasone). Nebulizer treatment made lung function better but I still have cough?

Have asthma. Clear sinus drainage. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex (mometasone). Nebulizer treatment made lung function better but I still have cough?

PFTs: Pulmonary function testing will help to determine whether or not your lung function is in a proper range or not. Cough is a nonspecific finding that may be associated with an asthma exacerbation, but there are many other causes. ...Read more

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I have sinus drainage, sore throat, & cough but no fever. What can I take for relief?

I have sinus drainage, sore throat, & cough but no fever. What can I take for relief?

See your doctor: If your symptoms have been this persistent, you need to see your doctor. He/she will listen to you, do an examination, and possibly run some tests to see what's wrong. ...Read more

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Sinus drainage/hacky cough that won't stop - 10 weeks. Have seen allergist & ENT. Have Nexium (esomeprazole) & Zantac & had my BP med changed. Sinus CT clear - Help?

Sinus drainage/hacky cough that won't stop - 10 weeks. Have seen allergist & ENT. Have Nexium (esomeprazole) & Zantac & had my BP med changed. Sinus CT clear - Help?

Meds: "had my BP med changed"..... are you on an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (e.g. Lisinopril and many others). These meds cause an annoying cough in about 10% of users that will never go away until you stop the med. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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


Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more