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Will A Nebulizer Help A Cough
If I got no option by any chance can I use water as medicine into nebulizer to help in cough or breath cases?
Improves cough: All that would do is like a humidifier, it may improve your cough and hydrate the secretions. Better to use Normal Saline to avoid swelling of the cells due to the water being hypotonic, and yes, we don't recommend to use water alone especially if no limit. It can make you feel like drowning with more swelling of the airways and cells. ...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
Son (9) has temp 100-102 since yesterday PM. Had sore throat yesterday. Croupy and very congested today. Nebulizer helped cough some. A cold or more?
I use a nebulizer anytime my child gets a cold or a cough. Is this advisable? Will it bring health issues in the future?
It should not: Bring any health issues if used properly for asthma / reactive airway disease which are triggered by cold virus, allergies etc. A lot of times parents misuse it for just a cough and cold! Your child needs to be followed on a regular basis anyway if indeed diagnosed with asthma. Length of treatment, frequency, concerns regarding meds prescribed can then be addressed at your visits. ...Read more
Can I use my nebulizer too much. I use it 4 times a day but think sometimes it does more harm than good (makes me cough alot).Should I cut down?
Questionable: There is significant variability in the results from research on the impact of zinc on the common cold. Some studies showed no effect and others showed benefit if taken the first day of symptom onset. Do not take zinc intranasally due to the potential for loss of sense of smell. ...Read more
I have a one year old so who uses nebulizer but nw he sometimes cough w/ a harsh sound, will I use then the nebulizer?
Depends: On the reason for the cough. Generally a "barking" or harsh cough is not indicative of bronchospasm but more suggestive of croup, swelling of the upper airway. When I hear that a child with asthma tends to also have a harsh cough, my first thought is that there may be some silent reflux sensitizing the upper airway. Ask his primary care physician to consider that. ...Read more
My daughter is struggling to breathe with her cough/cold. I don’t have a nebulizer, what Can I do for her that is similar and will help her to breathe better?
Cough: 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
My 4 year old has a lingering cough, lungs are clear, but he's been coughing a lot today. Will using the nebulizer help?
Cough: Not always come from the lungs, could be his throat, sinuses ears or his nose, although cough could be the first sign of airway irritation and narrowing, you can still use the nebulizer with a bronchodialtor medicine if you have, if that doesn't help, see his doctor, whom you will need to see anyways for proper management after control of your son's cough, wish you both wellness ...Read more
Cough syrup, Nosal drop and steam are not affecting much for my 1 month infant, can I give him nebulizer with saline water.
? irritants?: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages exposure to dust, fragrances, smoke & other irritants. This often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & SUCTIONING the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less. Cough syrups make them worse. Nasal drops without suction are a waste of time. ...Read more
I've had a cough since November 2014. I saw urgent care in January 2015, was given anti-biotics and Nebulizer but I still have cough.
Too Much Coughin'!!: My God, man!! Do you still have a trachea? Pertussis can do this (which clears up in a few months) but so can a few other things, so remove thee to a doctor (General Practitioner or Pulmonologist) to decide if this will eventually blow-over or you have something else going on! If nothing else, for the short-term find some kind of medication to quell the cough, which now has a life of its own. ...Read more
I forgot to mention with my 8 month old that has the cough that he has been prescribe allergie meds, nebulizer and codine still is not getting better?
Not a chat room: Your questions are never linked and are submitted at random to site consultants. This looks like a followup question, and as such makes little sense. If your kid is not responding to treatment he should be evaluated. ...Read more
My 7 year old daughter has a cough for 3 days now. No other symptoms. It's seems lose but no phlegm is present. We have a nebulizer. Would this help?
My mom is suffering from cough/congestion. She is taking budecort + duolin nebulization twice/day. Can this make the cough dry? (we expected moist)
My daughter 5 yrs old has had cough since sept. Dr said bronchitis put her on nebulizer cough is back and her chest hurts. Could it be something else?
She needs to be: Re-evaluated. Need to take her nebulized treatment every 6 hours along with her Pulmicort Respules twice daily. Do not stop treatment too quickly. She needs to be on maintenance once acute attack is under control. Chest is hurting because she is tight from increase inflammation of the lungs. ...Read more
Can Ipratropium Bromide cause a bronchitis like cough? Whenever I use my nebulizer I cough so hard and it will last for minutes.
TrySteamFromTeapot: Yes. Kind of like the first time you smoke, or if you take a hot toke. There's the medicine in there but also the propellants. They can irritate. So you have to decide if the benefits of using that medication outweigh the short-term discomfort. Also try to breathe in faster and deeper, then hold it for 10 seconds. That sometimes works. Gets past the upper cough reflex structures quickly. ...Read more
Is Atrovent nebulizer & Zpack OK to take being I have MG? I got the crud!! Why can't I cough or cough this out? Only cough w yellow in morning! Why?
Force fluids x 8-10 glasses/day: 50% electrolyte rich fluids, 50% clear broth, bullion, consume. Warm water gargles, nasal saline mist, hot tea and honey,
Hot steam showers, Cold-Eze Lozenges, Tylenol 1-2 TABLETS every 4-6 hours as needed for fever greater than 100. Tea with dark brown honey OK to use Robitussin DM 1-2 tsp. Every 4-6 hrs. As needed. ...Read more
My chest hurts and feels congested. I take my proair every hour, as well as my nebulizer. I can cough all the mucus out, which I believe is the cause.
STOP!!!: You need to go to the emergency room or call your doctor. Very dangerous to take your proair every hour with your nebulizer (hopefully it is not a bronchodilator). If it is, you are overdosing yourself and making yourself sicker. If you are that tight you need steroids to help decrease the swelling in your lungs. Good that you are coughing up the mucus but using proair every hour is a no no! ...Read more
Went to ER 48hrs ago. Diagnosed w/bronchitis&cough induced asthma. Put on nebulizer 4xday. Can't get a break. Why? X ray normal. What's wrong with me?
My 6 month old kid is suffering from cough from past 2 days. Doctor has advised for nebulization. There are two drugs "duolin" & "budecort". Which one?
Will sodium chloride rinsing solution in nebulizer, assist in thinning mucous and help me to cough it up. I have bronchiectasis?
It may: It may aid with breaking up the mucus. ...Read more
Asthma: Your doctor needs to examine you & know your symptoms first. ...Read more
Is nebulization with ventolin during streptococcal tonsillitis and cough helflul in children around 4 for avoiding further chest complications?
Wouldn't: I wouldn't do this unless the kid had a tendency to wheeze with upper respiratory infections. ...Read more
Slightly productive cough headache owns nebulizer (chronic bronchitis) scheduled for tonsill&adeniod removal Friday can she still have the surgery?
Probably yes: Chronic brinchitis will not get better anytime soon ...Read more
My husband has had a bad cough for the past week. Coughing up flem, I have been giving him my Amoxicillin. Can I give him a treatment with nebulizer?
?: Why are you not taking him to the doctor for a diagnosis.? Best to see the doctor ...Read more
I have a bad cough and am wheezing as well. My albuterol has expired 2011. Was wondering if it would hurt to try the nebulizer anyway to see if it would help wheezing?
Unlikely: It's unlikely that it would "hurt" to try the nebulizer, but it's equally unlikely that it will help. Not only has the active ingredient degraded over time, but the aerosol may have dissipated as well. What could "hurt" is an unnecessary delay in seeking appropriate care for a potentially serious medical condition. Please see your doctor ASAP! ...Read more