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Stop Coughing

  • Posted on: Jun 19 2018
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Coughs are common, and not just limited to the winter season.  Coughing is a symptom, not a diagnosis.  Most coughs are caused by viral illnesses, and will resolve without treatment, although the cough often persists long after the illness has resolved.  Allergies are a common cause of coughing this time of year.  Persistent coughing may also be a sign of gastric reflux.  A cough may be a side effect of prescription medication.  Although mosts coughs are annoying, but benign, coughing may be a symptom of a more serious condition.  A cough that is productive of colored phlegm, or associated with fever, may be a sign of pneumonia.  A cough associated with blood tinged phlegm may be a sign of malignancy.  A cough that persists beyond 2 weeks should be evaluated by a physician.

There are many cough “remedies”, but most are ineffective, particularly over the counter cough suppressants.  There are a number of steps you can take to reduce coughing:

Drink plenty of water, hydration thins the secretions of mucous.

Take cough drops with menthol or eucalyptus.

Sleeping with your head elevated can be helpful-it reduces post-nasal drip and acid reflux.

Use a saline or xylitol nasal spray to clear mucous.

If the cough is waking you up at night, try taking a antihistamine like benadryl at bedtime to reduce post-nasal drip.

Have honey which is a natural, homeopathic cough suppressant.

If you have heartburn or a history of acid reflux, try taking an antacid at bedtime like Zantac or Pepcid.

Once again, coughs are common(and annoying), and will usually resolve without the need of a trip to the doctor.  If the cough persists, or there are concerning symptoms such as fever, difficulty breathing, or evidence of bleeding, a visit to the doctor is indicated.

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