Listen: Cough, Chronic Cough, Respiratory Tree discussed on Dr. Daliah
"Seven zero see the all right? One of you have written about your cough. It hasn't gone away. How can you tell if it's no Monja or if it's something less serious? And we don't talk a lot about cost. You talk about flu. They talk about pneumonia. But you're right. A lot of guys cough. So how do you know, if the cough is just a super cold? How do you know if it's no Monja or if it's a lung cancer? That could be some pretty scary stuff. So let's just quickly review. Okay. Yeah. I'm teaching you guys something well because I'm sick today. So it's a lot easier for me to you know, teach you guys not talk about the new show. I think I put in a lot of minutiae. I think I did give you guys a lot of you know. Yeah, malaysia. So I I should call the minutia our. So we talked about why coughs are a respiratory mechanism. Get stuff out of a respiratory tree. Basically are cau- are our respiratory tree has little neurons. These all sensory neurons nerve cells when they get triggered. They tell the brain to do some mechanism that'll help clear their way. So. Immune cells find out that. Our? Our shall we say lungs are detecting something foreign scenario immune system. Mobilizes try to fight infection and heal any inflammation. So what you cough, not only are you spewing something now. But you're also mobilizing kind of like a call to action of your immune cells when you call the Kent actually irritate the respiratory tree, which to bring on more immune cells. Now, immune cells can also produce excess mucus so it could cause a cycle of continued coughing and this will get important in a little bit. We'll take you sometimes how to hear your cough. So whether it's a virus with it's evac terrier, whether it's a fun guy. There's a variety of pathogens that cause a cough, but there's other things that would make you cough that doesn't necessarily have to be an infection. So some of you guys have gastro esophageal reflux disease. You have GERD gird is where you have acid reflux comes up and the acid comes up from stomach into the feeding tube. And then if you're lying down or while your sleep the acid can make its way turning the wants to the respiratory tree. So many times in the morning you wake up with a bad cough, and that of the acid that came up from the night before that went into the lungs and some GI secretions GI secretions can make you cough now. Medications could also make you cough. Like ace inhibitors ace inhibitors that help with flip pressure. The one of my favorite medications for blood pressure. But many times a common side effects coffee. Apparently, they caused an accumulation of something called. Keinan Braida kind and as a mediator that could also induce coughing. Now, there's a RB's arbs that don't seem to have side effects, but eastern editors are notorious for causing cough in some patients, then pollution can make you cough like dust pollen smoke if you have cats. Lunchtimes kitty cats, make you cough my cats right on my face. Especially snowball snowball, puts her tissue right there. And so I I don't know what I'd breathing in the middle of the night. That's bad. Then chemicals. There's a lot of household products whose aerosol could also irritate the lining, mold spores. You could have mold cold weather can make you cough. Exercise can make you cough. Allergies can make you cough. Postnasal drip, postnasal drip, is where your sinuses are draining except instead of the front to the back and that could somehow get into the lungs, and then you have like a whole slew of lung conditions that can make you cough, asthma sarcoidosis emphysema so there's inflammatory lung diseases. There's restrictive lung diseases lung diseases where you're not able to expand your lungs as well or get or provide enough air change that can make you cough. What a lot of people don't realize that sometimes a chronic cough could be the heart so heart failure and the heart pumping as walls it should causing a backlog of fluid that can make you cough. Then we start looking at well, maybe it could be a tumor. So we don't think of a tumor right away. Sometimes a tumor in the lung could do that. And then it could also be psychological coffee like a tech. So how do you cure cough? Well, you can't really necessarily cure it because this is a defense mechanism. We want to control the cough. But we won't necessarily cure. You of a cough. So if your cough is called back caused by 'Bacterial, then we will give you antibiotics. If your cough is caused by a virus? There's not much we can do with virus. We just basically hope that the virus. Then I, you know, dies out on its own and most viruses are done within seven to ten days. And then the cost goes away. If your cough is caused by GERD reflux, then we'll give you medicine to decrease acid production and secretion. So we will give you medicine to decrease the asset, and maybe that'll help if it's allergies that we're going to give you an histories, and we'll tell you to avoid the allergen. So if you're allergic pollen, some of you guys have issues will fall allergies. I could do it right now. Then we'll tell you to stay away from plants, and, you know, be careful being outdoors. It's kind of hard, but still. But will use a histamine steroids? If your conference from a tumor, then we're gonna move the tumor surgery, radiation, therapy, etc. But what are we do while we're waiting for the virus to go away or while? We're trying to deal with the kind of fall and winter coffee colts. While a big thing that always helps me a esteem. So I take a lot of hot showers or you can hold your head over a pot on the stove. Don't get you know, boiling water on you. But using steam, we're really out. Seems to flush things out maybe clear out some of the immune stuff. The heat may open up the Airways. And I noticed that helps a lot with my cough, a humidifier. Also when you wet the air that seems to help vaporisers so moisture helps decrease information you need to stay hydrated. So a lot of people don't realize this. If you're coughing drink more water, the mucus will thicken water content is low so you can loosen up your mucus with good hydration. A thinner more wet mucus is less irritating. Then thick Dr Nukus, right? Like, Dr booker's versus wet booker's. Dr Vickers are cracking and itchy and. Yeah. Right. But the wet Fokkers those are easy, and they and they move easy. They move a lot easier Lee out, right? When you blow your nose dry throat also doesn't help. So you want to hydrate keeper fluids up now Honey Honey as to be an effective cough. Suppressant you. Could add some money, some more water, lemon, juice or tea. I don't like tea, but you know, I like well Nyland ice tea. But if you could also soothe your throat, you gotta be careful you can't use Honey in children under when you're eight of h then cough, drops menthol, cough, drops workout. Well, they cause a local anesthetic effect on the back of the throat. And so when you when you do that, you don't have that urination, and when you don't have that irritation that you don't start coughing. And then there's cough suppressants. And if spectrum so that they decrease the cough reflex. And then expect to rinse thin the mucus, you got to be careful because you know, if you keep taking it you may be able to mask the cough, we need to know why? And then natural remedies not a lot of scientific evidence on these. But peppermint time, eucalyptus, licorice ginger. Some people say that those seemed to help provide relief, and there's going to be an article on my website at Dr dia dot com. Breaking this down and then chocolate chocolate has the Bromley. I love chocolate. And the kids press the cost and they even found back in two thousand fifteen the chocolate works better. The Cody now, some people say, I just take my narcotic if I take my my tunnel codeine or my lords have. I don't cough. Well, yeah. That will work but not good. The Connex are going to decrease the respiratory drive. And so you wanna be able to still breezy you. You know, you also. You know, we find that it when wears off the cough comes back now alcohol older cough. Syrups have alcohol alcohol me drive, the mucus and me into sleep may less of the cough. But the problem with alcohol is again, it could increase acid reflux cough. So alcohol and narcotics not the best choice. I'd rather do the same shower. Maybe take a little peppermint pepper. Become will help cough drops. And find out why."