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Why does whooping cough last so long and can the duration of cough be reduced?

As you have noted, the "paroxysmal" stage of a clinical case of pertussis, which involves the rapid, exhausting coughing fits and the characteristic "whoop" at the end can often be extremely long. ...
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Increase immunity to common cold and cough

The "common cold" is a syndrome that is characterized by signs and symptoms of upper respiratory infection: sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, rhinorrhea, cough, and sinus congestion. Malaise (the ...
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Can coffee worsen or trigger a cough?

The quick answer is unfortunately it depends. If we break this question down, there are three ways coffee would likely be able to effect a cough: The coffee directly interacts with virus (and it is ...
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Does Dextromethorphan actually suppress coughing?

The bulk of the evidence says dextromethorphan (DM) is no better than placebo. (2013) Do Cough Remedies Work? Studies involving use of dextromethorphan in children have reported no clinically ...
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Why does whooping cough last so long and can the duration of cough be reduced?

As you mentioned, whooping cough is caused by Bordetella pertussis. It proves to be a very stubborn diseases especially in children. Why this cough lasts so long? There could be many reasons. ...
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How fast can a common cold progress/develop into pneumonia?

First, the definitions: A common cold (or "head cold") is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. Tracheitis and bronchitis can be refered as a "chest cold" ...
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Did I catch a cold from eating unwashed fruit?

Unlikely. There are different viruses responsible for the symptoms grouped together as "common cold": ..................................... : Virus : Incubation period : :.................
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How can I trust my doctor and what he said

It is true that a tumour in your lung can make you cough (I coughed uncontrollably day and night until mine went away) but a million much milder things can do that too. If you had a cancer growing in ...
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Is it possible to spread cough even if I'm not coughing?

No, it just happens and you're overthinking about it. It means absolutely nothing. Cough is a protective reflex, which helps to clear the large breathing passages from fluids, irritants, foreign ...
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Which disease is this combination of medicine is used for?

Rapitus Plus (syrup) consist of: Chlorphenamine(antihistamine)-relieves itching, sneezing, watery eyes or runny nose associated with common cold or flu. Levodropropizine(antiussive)- helps coughs ...
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What kind of doctor or physician do I need to consult for continuous coughing?

Dry cough is most often non-inflammatory. If you had a flu or influenza prior to the beginning of the symptoms, then you might suffer from something post-viral. It is usually self-limiting. (Wikipedia)...
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Why does COVID-19 include dry cough as a symptom rather than a wet cough?

Ciliated epithelium lines the human respiratory tract from the posterior third of the nose to the bronchioles. But the major part of the lung involved is distal to the bronchioles so there's no ...
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Could suppressing your cough help fight a viral infection like COVID-19?

Even if you could suppress cough completely with oral medication, which is doubtful, you still have the problem that virus can be exhaled just with breathing, and more so with talking and singing ...
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Does Dextromethorphan actually suppress coughing?

What you've read seems to be the case, as this systematic review shows Cochrane review; there is no evidence for its use. There isn't evidence against its use either (I guess it hasn't shown security ...
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Why does COVID-19 include dry cough as a symptom rather than a wet cough?

I'm not sure "rather" is the right word here, but the early studies showed dry cough as a more frequent correlate of Covid-19 positive PCR tests compared to wet cough, according to WebMD: ...
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