When someone sneezes we usually say, “Bless you” but when you hear a bellowing cough your instincts are to run away. The suffering cougher goes unblessed and often feels isolated as people flee for cover hoping not to inhale any aerosolized infectious particles. Such defense mechanisms are not looked down upon in today’s era of germ avoidance, but what defense does the cougher have against the seemingly never ending cough?
The role and effectiveness of cough suppressants will be a topic to revisit on another day. More importantly, the cause of prolonged coughing should be identified. Let’s first discuss the difference between acute and chronic cough.
An acute cough generally goes away within three to four weeks for a child and within eight weeks for an adult. There are many causes of acute cough but the most common one is the common cold. Other causes include sinus infections, flu syndrome, other upper respiratory infections and ear i...
Although asthma death rates have declined, it continues to be a leading cause of missed work and school in the United States. The National Institute of Health (NIH) revised their asthma diagnosis and management guidelines in 2007. This over 600 page document has become the Holy Grail of asthma treatment and clinical research in the United States.
Whether a child or adult with asthma should have a daily controller medication is dependent on a whether the asthma is "persistent".
When is asthma persistent? Great Question!
Asthma is persistent when:
-There are limitations in normal routine (work/school) because of asthma. For example, huffing and puffing as you walk up one flight of stairs, noticing classmates or coworkers gliding by with ease.
-Symptoms of asthma (cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest tightness) occur more than two days per week.
-Reliever inhaler is required more than two days per week (don't count the inhalations taken...
Generic Name: DEXTROMETHORPHAN LIQUID - ORAL Pronounced: (dex-trow-meth-OR-fan) Day-Time Cough Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
cough, chest congestion, fever, body aches, and stuffy nose symptoms caused by
the common cold, flu, or other breathing illnesses (e.g., sinusitis,
bronchitis). Guaifenesin is an expectorant that helps to thin and loosen mucus
in the lungs, making it easier to cough up the mucus. Dextromethorphan is a
cough suppressant that affects a certain part of the brain (cough center),
reducing the urge to cough. Decongestants help to relieve stuffy nose symptoms.
This product also contains acetaminophen (APAP), a non-aspirin pain reliever
and fever reducer.
This medication is not usually used for ongoing coughs
from smoking, asthma, other long-term breathing problems (e.g., emphysema), or
coughs with a lot of mucus unless directed by your doctor.
Cough-and-cold products have not been...
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