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How can I help bring up mucous when I cough?
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Dr. Yoram Padeh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Mucolytics
Mucolytics are medications which "thin" mucus and make it easier to expectorate (cough up).
Guaifenesin is the classic example of such a medication. It is available in a short-acting syrup (robutussin) and a long-acting tablet (mucinex). Additionally, when there are other pulmonary conditions such as asthma and copd, medications which help treat these conditions will help in bringing up mucus.

In brief: Mucolytics
Mucolytics are medications which "thin" mucus and make it easier to expectorate (cough up).
Guaifenesin is the classic example of such a medication. It is available in a short-acting syrup (robutussin) and a long-acting tablet (mucinex). Additionally, when there are other pulmonary conditions such as asthma and copd, medications which help treat these conditions will help in bringing up mucus.
Dr. Yoram Padeh
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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine
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In brief: Increase Fluids
It depends on the cause of the cough but i would recommend increasing fluids.
However, i would avoid dairy which seems to increase mucous production. And i would also use a guiafenesin type cough syrup which helps break up mucous. Finally, if it is a dry inflammatory cough you may need to use an anti-inflammatory inhaler or medicine as in asthma or copd.

In brief: Increase Fluids
It depends on the cause of the cough but i would recommend increasing fluids.
However, i would avoid dairy which seems to increase mucous production. And i would also use a guiafenesin type cough syrup which helps break up mucous. Finally, if it is a dry inflammatory cough you may need to use an anti-inflammatory inhaler or medicine as in asthma or copd.
Dr. Kevin Considine
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
In brief: Fluids...
Increasing your fluid intake will help keep your secretions thin enough to cough up easily.
A non-productive cough could be a sign of other diagnoses like bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, etc. So see your doctor for any persistent, non-productive cough.

In brief: Fluids...
Increasing your fluid intake will help keep your secretions thin enough to cough up easily.
A non-productive cough could be a sign of other diagnoses like bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, etc. So see your doctor for any persistent, non-productive cough.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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