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What's the treatment for a cough?

The treatment of a cough will depend largely on its severity and underlying cause. A productive cough should not be suppressed except in special circumstances (eg, when it exhausts the patient or prevents rest and sleep) and generally not until the cause has been identified. An acute infection such as pneumonia may require antibiotics, an asthma-induced

cough may be treated with the use of bronchodialators, or an antihistamine may be administered in the case of an allergy. Cough medicines may be given if the patient cannot rest because of the cough or if the cough is not productive, as is the case with most coughs associated with colds or flu. The two types of drugs used to treat coughs are antitussives and expectorants.

Cough lozenges or hard candy can help dry, tickling coughs. These should never be given to a child under 3 years old because of the risk of choking. A vaporizer or steamy shower may help a dry cough by increasing the humidity in the air. Drink extra fluids to help thin the secretions in your throat and make them easier to cough up. Zinc lozenges can reduce cold symptoms, especially cough. Coughs due to bacterial or viral upper respiratory infections may be effectively treated with botanical and homeopathic therapies. The choice of remedy will vary and be specific to the type of cough the patient has. Various vitamins, such as vitamin C, may be helpful in preventing or treating conditions (including colds and flu) that lead to coughs. Avoiding of mucous-producing foods can be effective in healing a cough condition. These mucous-producing foods can vary, based on individual intolerance, but dairy products are a major mucous-producing food for most people.

More information on cough

What is cough? - Cough is sudden and forceful expiration of air from the lungs caused by an involuntary contraction of the muscles controlling the process of breathing.
What causes cough? - Acute cough is most often caused by the common viral upper respiratory tract infection. Cold viruses often causes a postnasal drip and that causes a cough.
How coughing is diagnosed? - Information regarding the duration of the cough, what other symptoms may accompany it, and what environmental factors may influence it is useful for coughing diagnosis.
What's the treatment for a cough? - The treatment of a cough will depend largely on its severity and underlying cause. An acute infection such as pneumonia may require antibiotics.
What cough medications are available? - Antitussives are drugs that suppress a cough. Dextromethorphan depresses the brain's cough center. Cough suppressants may lessen cough.
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