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Will A Nebulizer Help A Cough
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
Probably not: Generally cough is caused by one of a few things. The most common causes of cough include mucous in the throat or chest, infection in the chest, obstruction in the airways (such as with asthma), or other irritation of the airway (such as with acid reflux or irritant inhalation). Because a fan or humidifier don't address these issues, they are unlikely to be of benefit and i don't recommend them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do i need a prescription to buy sterile saline for a nebulizer? Will it work to break up chest congestion? Cough, not wheezing-don't need albuterol.
Not really: Well, looks like you've got the albuterol in case you need it. Keep in mind that sometimes the body's response to inflammed airways is a cough, so albuterol may help that as well. Sterile saline is available at any corner drug store, wal-mart, target, etc. In fact, many wound washes you find in the first-aid section are just sterile saline. Just read the bottle. Good luck, and see your doctor! ...Read more
Health care equipmen: Stores that sell health care equipment usually also carry nebulizers. Also home health care companies will often bring the nebulizer to your home and teach you how to use it, as well as supply the medications. A prescription is required in order for your insurance to pay for it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Equivalent: A nebulizer is used when the person is not able to use the inhaler properly. When used the proper way both deliver the right amount of medication. A nebulizer is less portable and takes more time to deliver (10 to 15 minutes), usually requires a power plug. An inhaler is very handy, fits in a pocket or a small purse. And then, there is personal preference. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not likely: Albutrol is effective on viral infection. If you have asthma that may be worsened by the infection, it may help in controlling asthma. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
In the lungs nothing: Between the lungs (in the "mediastinum") there is a proliferation of scar tissue that can lead to coonstriction of the large central vessels and airways leading into the lung. The cause is often blamed on a fungal infection, but in some people the cause is unknown. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In acute exacerbation of asthma, a nebuliser gave brief relief, compared to a spacer and MDI. I would try a nebuliser 4-6 hourly.Your recommendation?
See below: First, if you having an asthma exacerbation, you should let your doctor know, if you haven't already. You need a way to check your oxygen to make sure it is staying in the normal range. If the nebulizer works better for you, by all means use that. You can use really as much as needed so you can breathe, although we like for patients at home to use it no more than every 4 hours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meds for asthma: There are 2 basic types of medications for asthma, and any patient who has frequent symptoms needs both types. Rescue inhalers are bronchodilators like albuterol, that relax the smoothe muscles and promote the movement of secretions. Even more important are controller medications like montelukast and inhaled steroids, because these medications decrease the inflammation at the heart of the attacks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can ventolin syrup be given to baby with a bad cough and phlemy chest there is no asthma will it help him to bring up his mucus?
Would not recommend: Cough and cold medicines have been shown to be not be effective for babies or toddlers and can sometime cause side effects. Saline nose spray can help relieve nasal congestion and humification can also be sometimes be useful. If any signs of difficulty breathing or feeding, the child needs to be seen by a health care provider. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Asthma: Your doctor needs to examine you & know your symptoms first. ...Read more
Not much: Allergy medications such as Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec work by blocking antihistamine which is not part of the cold/respiratory infection process so not much help. Older antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help some with irritant cough and sleep from drowsy side effect. Decongestants such as Sudafed may help relieve some of the nasal congestion but avoid in children ...Read more
Can you give a 4 year childrens delsym (dextromethorphan) along with a breathing treatment for coughing?
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