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Coughing: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

Cough is a condition we all face from time to time. It could be because of smoke, strong smell, cold weather or any other reason. Cough is generally nothing to be concerned about if it does not long. Chronic cough is a condition where cough lasts over 8 weeks in adults and over 4 weeks in children. It may interrupt your daily activities, hamper your sleep and leave you exhausted. It could be due to postnasal drip, blood pressure drugs, chronic bronchitis, asthma or infections. There are several treatments to treat chronic cough. You must consult a doctor and not try to treat the cough yourself if it has been there for a long time. There are drugs in the form of pills, gel and ointment that can be consumed to get over cough. Cough due to bacterial infection can be treated by consuming antibiotics. Acid blockers and cough suppressants are also used to cure cough.

How is the treatment done?

If you have been suffering from cough for a long time, you may have to go through different tests like X ray, computerised tomography test, lung function tests, scope tests etc. to determine the actual cause of it. If your cough is due to allergies or post nasal drip, there are standard drugs like antihistamines, glucocorticoids and decongestants, to treat the condition. Bacterial infection behind your chronic cough can be cured by antibiotics. If your cough is asthma related, glucocorticoids and bronchodilators are the treatments that will reduce inflammation and clear your airways. Your doctor may prescribe you cough suppressants if these treatments do not work but there is no foolproof evidence of the effectiveness of these suppressants.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you have been suffering from cough for over 8 weeks, you must consult a doctor and get it treated. Children suffering from cough for over 4 weeks should be treated.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Normal cough for a short period of time is nothing to be worried about. It can be treated by some home remedies.

Are there any side effects?

Cough treatments are generally not known to have any side effects.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You must have cough drops and warm liquids to soothe your throat. Liquids will thin the mucus in your throat helping the cough heal sooner. You must avoid the consumption of tobacco and tobacco smoke.

How long does it take to recover?

It may take 2-3 weeks to recover if proper medication is taken.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Consultation to cure cough may cost around ₹1000- ₹2000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of cough treatment are mostly permanent.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

You can cure cough as soon as it starts, at home by some simple remedies like consuming warm liquids or cough syrup, avoiding tobacco and tobacco smoke. Keep yourself warm and use a humidifier at your home. Hot tea with a few drops of honey and ginger is known to soothe the throat.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hi have cough and cold from last 20 days have taken antibiotics and antihistamine tablets still have coughing and thick viscous mucous nose is also blocked using otrivin spray what should I do to treat this.

MBBS, MD TUBERCULOSIS AND CHEST DISEASES, Diploma in Tuberculosis & Chest Diseases, Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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Stop otrivin. You need fluticasone nasal spray once daily in both nostrils to get relief from blocked nose. If cough persists pft should be done.

I am suffering form sarcoidosis v/s. Tuberculosis on 2015 treated from aiims and I am cure on 2017 after that no medicine taken. Now on 10th January 2020 tussis continues from time to time my weight is also increased form 102 to 117 taken syrup alex & brozedex but not cure we have taken advice to doctor doctor suggest polysomnography test but test slot is not available up to august 2020. What we can do please suggest.

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I am 35 years old having allergic asthma, during evenings it creates more trouble by coughing and mucus development. I'm t as taking montek ab and symbikart 80. But very less effective. What should I do.

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Dear Mr. lybrate-user. Please get a pft, cbc, ige, cxr. Following which you will require change in medication, lifestyle and exercise advise. Visit a pulmonologist with these reports to change the medication. Current you are on a dpi, you may requ...

My baby is 2 months old .doctor prescribed prefinisolon sodium phosphate along with augmentin ambrodil solvin cold for congestion phlegm cough .is it okk for infants to take steroids.

DNB (ENT), Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), MBBS, SR (ENT)
ENT Specialist, Ahmedabad
Yes mam your little one isn't in any kind of danger. Yes it is ok to take steroids in extreme less amount will not cause any harm to your kid. Get well soon to kid!

My child is 6 months old and having severe productive cough from last one week. From yesterday she started to suffer from severe cold also. Doctor prescribed t manic drops and salbutamol syrup. Can I give it to my child?

MD- General Physician-RU- Equi. MBBS, Diploma in Laryngology & otology
ENT Specialist, Hyderabad
Yes you can use them, besides if your child is breast fed, the mother as well needs to avoid all sour and cold foods, if cough doesn't subside by next 3 days, you will need an antibiotic for your child.

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