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...
Chronic cough and even chest pain can be caused by acid reflux. This can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are often not associated with classic symptoms of acid reflux, such as heartburn . [Editor's note: If you're experiencing chest pain, it's important to talk to your doctor immediately about whether heart conditions could be causing the symptoms you're experiencing. See common heart attack symptoms here .] Frequently, cough and chest pain related to acid reflux require double doses of acid-reducing agents for longer periods of time than is typically required to treat heartburn. If you are experiencing a chronic cough or chest pain, check with your doctor immediately. Remember to speak with your physician about your symptoms and treatments. My blog is not for individual treatment or practice. More information on acid reflux drugs More common questions about acid reflux cough answered by our doctor
Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN/DEXTROMETHORPHAN/DECONGESTANT -
ORAL Cough Syrup Oral Uses
Guaifenesin is used to treat coughs and congestion caused
by the common cold, bronchitis, and other breathing illnesses. This product is
usually not used for ongoing cough from smoking or long-term breathing problems
(such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema) unless directed by your doctor.
Guaifenesin is an expectorant. It works by thinning and loosening mucus in the
airways, clearing congestion, and making breathing easier.
If you are self-treating with this medication, it is
important to read the package instructions carefully before you start using
this product to be sure it is right for you. (See also Precautions
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically
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