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Laryngitis and its treatment - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi , a week ago thursday I lost my voice. The following tuesday the coughing started and now today 11 days into this I wake myself up at night coughing . There is no fever .What can I do to stop the coughing?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr
User :   HOWDY
Doctor :   let me read ur query
User :   k
Doctor :   thanks, i am good
Doctor :   it seems that you had laryngitis, which has now presented as post infectious cough
User :   ok
Doctor :   the cough is due to persistant inflammation following the initial infection
Doctor :   try to drink enough fluids to keep your hydration
User :   I am drinking alot of water
Doctor :   in addition, Robitussin can help to reuce your cough
User :   In the night is when it is the worst
Doctor :   this cough and cold drops 3-4 times a day will be good to reduce your cough
Doctor :   In addition take Advil 400 mg twice daily to reduce the inflammation
User :   It wakes me up it is so violent
Doctor :   how long does the cough last at night ?
Doctor :   do u have a post nasal drip ?
User :   it is about every 2 hrs
Doctor :   are u taking any other medications ?
User :   i am congested , but it seems to want to stay hidden in my head
User :   musenex , tussen dm, sudifed
User :   not all at once
Doctor :   taking robitussin to go (cough and cold) will reduce the secretions and help the cough
User :   eather the tussen or the musinex
Doctor :   you need a combination of medications to tackle this condition
User :   ok
Doctor :   how long have you taken mucinex and tussen DM
User :   the advil and the robitussin?
User :   a week
Doctor :   now u can stop them
Doctor :   and take advil and robitussin
Doctor :   in addition tale claritin 5mg once daily
Doctor :   this combination of meds will reduce all symptoms
User :   ok, will i be able to sleep?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   you will
User :   great ! Thank you
Doctor :   try to reduce coughing,
Doctor :   the more u cough, the more the sensation to cough increases
User :   yes
User :   i try to tell my body to not do it
Doctor :   In case the cough does not subside, you may need prednisone for a few days
Doctor :   thats right
Doctor :   but the urge is difficult to control
User :   I hope I dont have to go there
Doctor :   try salt water garlgling, which will help in addition to the above meds
User :   ok
User :   I will give this a shot
Doctor :   sure, u will find good benefit with them
Doctor :   the basic thing to do , is to reduce the inflammation
User :   ok , will do ....bye
Doctor :   I hope i have solved your issues
User :   thanks
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me here
Doctor :   take care and bye for now
Doctor :   have a good day
User :   you too
Doctor :   bye for now
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