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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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Dr. John Landi
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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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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

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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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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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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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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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I have a cough and sinus drainage and chest pain and I am achey and I have a low fever the highest was 99.6. Is it serious enough to see a doctor?

I have a cough and sinus drainage and chest pain and I am achey and I have a low fever the highest was 99.6. Is it serious enough to see a doctor?

You decide: I probably wouldn't go. I suggest you just think about your illness - if it was your parent, spouse, or child would you take them? It is impossible for me to answer adequately over the internet, but remember, when you are in doubt, err on the side of caution and go to the doctor. Good luck! ...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. ?

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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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 (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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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

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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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