Dry cough - whether to worry about it? - Medication

September 4th, 2013

  • Dry cough - whether to worry about it?
  • Nonproductive cough
  • Medication
  • Treatment of adult
  • Folk remedies
  • When pregnancy

 drug treatment of dry cough


Since dry cough can be caused by many things, and it requires a different treatment. Therefore, a dry cough requires a mandatory survey.

 Medication | dry cough - whether to worry about it?

Treatment of dry cough

Dry cough that occurs on a background of a variety of infections, it requires the translated into the wet, then removed along with the sputum infectious agents and particles inflamed tissue. For these purposes are assigned first means to facilitate liquefaction of sputum (mucolytics such as bromhexine), then drugs that increase locomotor activity airway (expectorants, such as marshmallow root) and expand the bronchi (bronchodilators, e.g., aminophylline).

Sometimes the cough becomes obsessive, even more irritating the airways and enhances inflammation. Then, along with expectorants appointed agents, cough suppressants (eg kodterpin).

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   It passes only after treatment of the underlying disease.

Drug treatment of dry coughs, generally depends on its cause, but there are tools specifically designed to treat the symptom.

One of the most common means of suppressing a cough, are codeine, dextromethorphan and pholcodine. Dextromethorphan is a non-prescription medication, it is effective and rarely has side effects, although in some cases cause an upset stomach and drowsiness. Codeine may be habit-forming; it is a narcotic drug and is sold only by prescription. These medicines are effective in blocking the cough reflex, but if possible, it is strongly recommended to avoid such natural remedies like honey, lemon and hot tea. They are safe, and in the absence of serious underlying diseases as effective as pharmaceutical drugs.

Dry cough, or so-called non-productive cough (cough without phlegm) can be successfully treated at home using traditional medicine or take drugs that suppress the cough.

 Medication | dry cough - whether to worry about it?


Drug treatment of dry cough involves the administration of drugs that suppress the cough. The most common antitussives suppressing cough - codeine, pholcodine and dextromethorphan. Such substances effectively suppress cough by stopping the cough reflex. In addition, in the treatment of dry cough helps simple cough syrup, lemon and honey, which form the walls of the throat kind of film, making it easier to dry, "scratching" cough.

Dextromethorphan - very effective cough suppressant agent and one of the ingredients, the most common variety in the composition of antitussive drugs sold in pharmacies without a prescription. Cough medicines, which include dextromethorphan, very rarely cause side effects, the most common of which are considered to be a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract, and hypersomnia. Another effective tool in the fight with a dry cough - codeine, which is often seen as part of a variety of tablets cough. Codeine has a weak narcotic (opiate) action.

Some cough medicines contain codeine or dextromethorphan addition, sympathomimetic - substances that stimulate or suppress the sympathetic nervous system. The only representative of a group of sympathomimetic, which is part of cough medicines Cough medicine - when they should be used?  Cough medicine - when they should be used?
 Sold without a prescription - pseudoephedrine, relaxing the muscles of the airways and reduces congestion (swelling) of mucous upper respiratory tract. Such drugs tend to have complex effect and is used for the treatment of dry cough and nasal congestion.

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 Can be recommended antihistamines - such as diphenhydramine. Antihistamines, particularly drugs of past generations, cause increased drowsiness, but suppress the cough reflex.

It is important to remember that a dry cough with medicines and cough medicines can not be treated independently for longer than two weeks. If within two weeks of dry cough persists, you should consult a doctor who will help determine the exact cause of cough and prescribe appropriate treatment.

Tonsillitis - a chronic inflammation of the tonsils - Palatine tonsils and their main function

June 9, 2014

  • Tonsillitis - a chronic inflammation of the tonsils
  • Tonsils and their main function
  • Treatment


Tonsils and their main function

On the border of the nose, oral cavity and pharynx is the accumulation of connective tissue permeated by special cells that are responsible for protecting our body from external influences. This is called the lymphoid tissue, and its clusters - almonds. Total tonsils six: two palatine, pharyngeal, lingual and two pipe. Together they form the so-called pharyngeal ring, which protects our body from getting bacteria and viruses. Palatine tonsils are located on the sides of the entrance to the throat and are the main "guardian" who will not let the "enemy" inside our body.


Chronic inflammation of the tonsils

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   (as opposed to acute tonsillitis, which is called angina). In chronic inflammatory process in the tonsils of the protective function of being lost, and instead of protecting our body from external influences, they themselves become the focus of infection. The constant presence of pus in the tonsils is a source of chronic poisoning and sensitization of the organism.

When the body cope with the condition and it is still possible to help the treatment, then this is called tonsillitis compensated. But sometimes tonsils completely lose its protective function and remain a constant source of infection - this is called decompensated tonsillitis.


Chronic compensated tonsillitis

Chronic tonsillitis always starts with impaired immunity, which leads to frequent colds, and then transfer the infection to a chronic form.

Palatine tonsils lose their ability to cleanse themselves become a source of infection.

Chronic compensated tonsillitis usually occurs with frequent angina (up to three times a year), halitosis Breath (halitosis) - is sometimes useful to close the mouth  Breath (halitosis) - is sometimes useful to close the mouth
   and signs of intoxication (chronic poisoning) of the body that are held for a long time after relapse (a small rise in temperature, weakness, fatigue, pain in the joints). Palatine tonsils are increased at the same (or, on the contrary, sharply reduced) in their recesses are cheesy clusters decay products (so-called cork), which nests infection.


Decompensated chronic tonsillitis

Decompensated chronic tonsillitis is characterized by profound irreversible impairment of the tonsils with frequent exacerbations (more than three times a year), local pyoinflammatory and general complications. Exacerbation of decompensated tonsillitis are often accompanied by inflammation of the transition to the surrounding tissues, which are also inflamed and suppurate. The phenomena of intoxication are amplified and become permanent.

Another sign of decompensated tonsillitis is the appearance of complications in a variety of infectious and allergic diseases of the internal organs (rheumatic fever, glomerulonephritis).


Treatment of chronic compensated tonsillitis

Chronic tonsillitis compensated subject to prolonged conservative treatment. At the same time, the earlier the treatment is commenced, the greater the chance to recover completely (this is also possible).

Treatment of chronic tonsillitis should be comprehensive and consist of general and local treatment. General treatment - is strengthening the immune system Strengthening the immune system - help the immune system  Strengthening the immune system - help the immune system
 , This treatment is best done at the immunologist after made a special analysis (immunogram) blood test that detects disorders of immunity.

Local treatment - it washes courses (eg, vacuum) lacunae of tonsils, tonsils lubricating drugs, physical therapy, which should be held regularly in order to prevent worsening of the disease.

When compensated tonsillitis also held laser lakunotomiya - moxibustion lacunae in the tonsils laser.


Treatment of chronic decompensated tonsillitis

This form of tonsillitis due only surgical treatment - removal of tonsils or tonsillectomy, but as the tonsils perform a very important function in the body, in recent years dramatically reduced the indications for their removal are:

  • frequent (more than 3 times a year), exacerbation of chronic tonsillitis with the defeat of the surrounding tissue;
  • permanent signs of intoxication;
  • complications of internal organs.


Removal of the tonsils is contraindicated in:

  • a bleeding disorder;
  • severe cardiovascular and renal diseases;
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  • in acute illness and exacerbation of chronic diseases;
  • during pregnancy;
  • during menstruation.

Operation Policy Pay tonsillectomy often under general anesthesia. In various ways (with the help of special tools, laser or radio wave method) is removed along with the tonsils connective tissue capsule.

Remember: chronic decompensated tonsillitis - is a time bomb that is in your body and can yank at any time, so it is better to remove.