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Understanding Coughs

A cough is the body's natural way of responding when something is irritating the throat or airways. An occasional cough is normal and healthy but if it lasts for more than a week, it's a good idea to talk to a doctor. Chronic or consistent coughs can be indicative of conditions such as GERD, asthma, or a respiratory infection.

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Azithromycin (Zithromax) - if cough is caused by a bacterial infection

A macrolide antibiotic often prescribed for respiratory tract infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

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Albuterol (Proair HFA, Proventil HFA, Ventolin HFA) - if cough is caused by asthma

A bronchodilator that helps relieve asthma symptoms by opening up the airways.

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Esomeprazole (Nexium) - if cough is caused by heartburn or GERD

A proton pump inhibitor used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions involving excessive acid in the stomach.

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Common Questions About Coughs

Why can’t I stop coughing?

There could be several reasons why you can't stop coughing. Coughing is a natural reflex that helps clear the airways of irritants, such as dust, smoke, or mucus. However, if your cough persists for an extended period, it could indicate an underlying health condition. If your cough persists for more than a week or is accompanied by other symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, fever, or fatigue, it's important to consult with a doctor.

Why am I coughing at night?

If you find yourself coughing at night, it could be due to several reasons. One common cause of nocturnal coughing is postnasal drip, which happens when excess mucus drips down your throat, irritating your airways and causing you to cough.

Another possible reason for nighttime coughing is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a digestive condition that causes stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus, leading to irritation and inflammation in your airways. You may find yourself coughing as you work to clear your irritated airways.

Asthma is another common cause of nighttime coughing. With asthma, airways can become inflamed and produce excess mucus, making it difficult to breathe. Coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of asthma, which often worsen at night due to changes in air temperature and humidity.

If you're experiencing persistent coughing at night, be sure to consult with a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Why does my head hurt when I cough?

When you cough, the muscles in your head and neck contract, which can cause tension and pain in the head. While this type of headache is usually harmless, frequent or severe cough-related headaches should be evaluated by a healthcare professional to rule out any other issues.

Can allergies make you cough?

Yes, allergies can cause coughing. When you come into contact with an allergen, such as pet dander or pollen, your immune system reacts by releasing histamine and other chemicals. These substances can irritate the lining of your nose and throat, leading to symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose. In some cases, postnasal drip can also cause coughing, where excess mucus from the nose drips down into the throat, leading to irritation and coughing.

Coughing from allergies is typically temporary and can be relieved by identifying and avoiding allergens, or by taking antihistamines or other allergy medications. However, if the cough persists or is severe, be sure to consult with a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Does honey help a cough?

Honey can be an effective remedy for some types of coughs, particularly in children. Honey has natural antibacterial properties that can help soothe an irritated throat. However, it should not be given to infants under 12 months. While honey can be helpful, it shouldn’t be a replacement for prescribed medications or medical treatments.

How can I stop a coughing fit?

To stop a coughing fit, you can try taking a few deep breaths and relaxing your mind and body. Anxiety and stress can trigger coughing, so relaxing your body and mind can help. In addition, drinking warm water or tea with honey can soothe your throat and decrease the urge to cough. Cough drops or lozenges can also be helpful. It's important to avoid irritants like smoke, dust, and pollution, as they can worsen coughing. If you're experiencing additional symptoms such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, be sure to seek medical attention right away.

Does a humidifier help with a cough?

Yes, a humidifier can help alleviate a cough caused by dry air by adding moisture to the air, which can soothe your throat and prevent it from becoming too dry or irritated. Humidifiers should always be kept clean, and humidity levels should be monitored to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.

Also keep in mind that not all coughs are caused by dry air. If your cough persists or worsens, consult with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

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