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Seeking short term solutions to second hand smoke from 24hr chain smoker

My new neighbors are chain smokers who smoke right outside my bedroom windows. The weather in our neighborhood has been especially nice lately, so they're out on their patio more often to smoke multiple cigarettes over an hour. The second hand smoke is really affecting me now. I have a super important interview on Tuesday. What can I do to reduce the earache, cough, and dry eyes caused by the smoke? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Oct 3, 2016 - 14 answers

Coughing Confusion

I know this might seem strange, but here goes: Over the past few months, I've noticed a few people tend to cough around me, but I have no idea why. [more inside]
posted by HundredGreen on Jul 12, 2016 - 22 answers

Ideas for success with a long term aggressive cough?

You are not my doctor. I have a doctor who I will see for the third time later today. This has been going on for four weeks now without much visible improvement. I really need it to improve because right now I can't run or hike and I have a bike trip coming up at Christmas and a half marathon in January. I already missed a race last weekend. Any ideas for what worked for a similar stubborn cough? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Dec 3, 2015 - 42 answers

Regurgitation of food

For the past few months, I've been steadily spitting up food after I eat. If it acts up it tends to keep happening for hours after I have last eaten. There was one time before I started GERD medication that I woke up in the morning with half-digested food in my mouth. Ack! I've had an EGD done, and he said it was normal, though he also said that he dilated my esophagus to 18mm, which is considered a normal width. I was on omeprazole and recently switched to lansoprazole, which isn't working as well. I'm getting heart burn now, too. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Aug 5, 2015 - 25 answers

Holla if you have vagal neuropathy

For nearly a year, I've been coughing. A lot. It wakes me up at night, it used to make me throw up, it has resisted all diagnosis at primary care, pulmonology, and digestive health. Finally, an ear, nose and throat doctor has suggested damage to my vagus nerve. I'm hoping to find others who've gone through this and can give me tips on coping. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jun 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Help a hacking amateur singer out?

I'm singing in the chorus of Handel's Messiah tomorrow at Carnegie Hall, and as luck would have it, I seem to have caught a whale of a cold, which by now has more or less calmed down to just a pretty bad cough. I'd rather not collapse in the middle of the Hallelujah Chorus (or any other choruses, come to think of it). Any advice for dealing with a pretty bad cough in the short term when you can't just take to your bed? [more inside]
posted by holborne on Dec 21, 2014 - 8 answers

How to soothe a dry cough?

What's the best, travel-friendly way to soothe a dry, post-flu cough? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 20, 2014 - 22 answers

pleuritic chest pain - really bad

Yes, I know you are not my doctor. Yes, I have been to see a doctor. To date, no diagnosis and no drugs prescribed, a lot of pain that shows no signs of going away. [more inside]
posted by puckish on Oct 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Sudden sore throat and lost voice. Make it not hurt!

I woke up Friday with a sore throat that quickly escalated to a painful cough and lost voice. What can I do to make the coughing, my lungs, and my ribs no hurt so much? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Kennel cough? A dog version of the flu?

My friend's dog is hacking / coughing and she'd like to know whether it's serious enough to see a vet. (Obligatory photo of an adorable boxer inside!) [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Feb 2, 2013 - 13 answers

I have a cough that simply will not be suppressed. Help!

I have a cough that simply will not be suppressed. Help! [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Dec 26, 2012 - 30 answers

Food suggestions for a sore throat

Okay, this is a bad time to be without money and there's nothing I can really do to change that immediately. I am on assistance. I have food stamps that can buy only food stuff. Because of last minute car repairs and things like extra gas for appointments that I couldn't miss with government agencies, I have zero on the cash assistance (non-food side of food stamps). I slowly developed a cold today. It's just a cold. Sore throat, coughing, running nose and headache. I have Tylenol for the headache, but my throat is killing me and coughing keeps adding to the burn. There's no money for non-food cough/throat stuff. No cough drops or meds. What can I buy that is a food item that can make my throat feel less like it's been scraped with a brillo pad with each cough. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2012 - 49 answers

Advice for speaking/performing with a cold?

I have a cold. I have to talk to talk to a few groups of people in the next 48 hours, and want to avoid excessive coughing, crazy hoarseness, etc. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Jul 9, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I stop a cough when cough medicine doesn't work?

How can I stop a dry cough after cough syrup, cough drops, and various teas haven't helped? [more inside]
posted by mxmm on Jun 19, 2012 - 39 answers

How was your recovery from Whooping Cough?

Question about typical recovery pattern from whooping cough. If you've had it, you can probably help me out. [more inside]
posted by crapples on Jun 18, 2012 - 10 answers

Newly inducted into the Asthmatics Club

I was just diagnosed with asthma. Doctor developed a treatment plan (to start off, prednisone, Qvar and Atrovent inhalers, and narcotic cough syrup so that I can start sleeping again), so I hope that the symptoms -- the violent, persistent cough, mainly -- will soon abate. But, going forward, what do I need to know about having and living with asthma? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jan 25, 2012 - 24 answers

How to stifle a cough?

Need your best hacks for stifling a cough--in time for a choral performance tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi on Dec 14, 2011 - 10 answers

The flu is gone, but my lungs still aren't working... doctor again?

YANMD... I had the flu about 3 weeks ago. I'm feeling much better now except I'm still coughing and wheezing. I have asthma, my inhaler works... But I'm using it more than I ever have. How long should I wait until I go back to the doctors? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Dec 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Please stop my cough!

Please help me kill this cough.... [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Oct 30, 2011 - 39 answers

What could be?

What is this circular thing the size of a small pea below my left rib cage? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg on Sep 11, 2011 - 13 answers

The heart, it burns us

Do my symptoms warrant a visit to the doctor? It sounds like acid reflux to me (so I assume I'd need an appointment), but I'd like your opinion before I go. Involves chronic coughing after every meal, lasting for at least an hour or so, and heartburn multiple times a week. [more inside]
posted by cp311 on Sep 8, 2011 - 13 answers

Persistent cough after cold?

After getting off of a mild cold. I've had an on and off cough for about 2 weeks. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Jun 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me get to the bottom of a constant cough

Snot & Sickness Filter: I've had a hacking cough for years and I'm finally ready to get to the bottom of this. What do I need to ask my doctor? What avenues are smart to pursue? Anything I can do to calm it down in the short term? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Jun 21, 2011 - 31 answers

How do I get out the mucus in my chest?

I am suffering from a bad cold and have a lot of phlegm (mucus) in my chest. However, I am not able to bring it out when I cough. What should I do to get this out quickly?
posted by harigopal on Mar 27, 2011 - 31 answers


Do people cough or sneeze while sleeping? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Mar 10, 2011 - 17 answers

Tortilla baby, you are messing with my lung feng shui!

I was starting to get a pretty nasty cough from my SO. My tonsils are HUGE on a normal day, but when I get throat-sick, they swell up and sometimes bleed. Great! To complicate matters, I was eating the smaller bits of a bag of tortilla chips and accidentally inhale a piece or two. I nearly choked, and I could not cough up the piece(s). Now I'm having (what I think are) lung spasms every 30 secs to 5 minutes, and it's freaking me out and causing some serious pain. [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Feb 3, 2011 - 29 answers

How can I stop coughing, or make it not hurt to do so?

How can I stop coughing, or make it not hurt to do so? [more inside]
posted by gally99 on Nov 29, 2010 - 16 answers

Please help me cough!

Why doesn't an expectorant help loosen my cough when I have a cold? [more inside]
posted by mefireader on Oct 1, 2010 - 11 answers

What kind of doctor do I need to see?

You are not a doctor, but you can hopefully help me determine which kind I need to go to. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Sep 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Summer cold remedies?

My boyfriend has a cold and it's 85 degrees outside. It's too hot for chicken soup, so what can I do or make for him? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Aug 29, 2010 - 22 answers

Automatic Forced Exhalation/Bronchial spasm?

I've noticed the past couple days a sort of automatic forced exhalation. I don't know how to describe it. It's kind of like a cough, but not really. There's not throat clearing or anything of that nature. [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Aug 27, 2010 - 10 answers

Are cough drops causing me to leak?

What are the chances of sugar-free Halls cough drops causing...seepage? (yeah, that kind...sorta gross details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 6, 2010 - 8 answers

The cold is gone but the symptoms remain and are MAKING ME CRAZY.

How can I get rid of this lingering congestion and cough? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on May 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Got the plague. Left me with allergies.

What turns your tongue black underneath & leaves you with a dozen new allergies afterwards? Assume it's not Pepto Bismol or yeast. [more inside]
posted by Ys on Feb 11, 2010 - 8 answers

What kind of doctor should I see?

I have a persistent cough and WAY too many respiratory infections. What kind of doctor should I see? YANAD/YANMD, etc. [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jan 15, 2010 - 19 answers

How can I kill a cough that lingers for a month?

Why do I always have a cough that lingers for about a month after I've had a cold, and how can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Oct 30, 2009 - 25 answers

Can I take this expired cough syrup? Just for tonight?

Terrible cough, too late to leave the house in search of remedies -- can I take this expired (expired April 2009) prescription Tussionex cough syrup or is there a better solution in my house? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Oct 24, 2009 - 14 answers

Whence nosemeat?

I don't think this is, strictly speaking, supposed to happen: meat often comes out of my head when I'm sick. Why? What does it portend? [Warning: so gross.] [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Oct 18, 2009 - 18 answers

What to do about a chronic dry cough?

I've had a chronic dry cough for going on two weeks now and two doctor's visits later it's not clearing up. Can anyone give ideas on what could possibly be causing this? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Aug 1, 2009 - 24 answers


I have a gross question about having a productive cough. I've never asked a doctor, since I don't believe it's important, but I've wondered all my life, and now that I have another one, it's come up again. (Literally.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2009 - 5 answers

I can't stop coughing!

Chronic cough has bothered me for two years. Five doctors have been unable to help me. I am at my wit's end. Help! [more inside]
posted by prunes on Apr 28, 2009 - 21 answers

Stupid bronchitis, what is it NOW?

I'm spitting up black stuff, but not in pain. Gross details inside. [more inside]
posted by Eudaimonia on Apr 20, 2009 - 9 answers

Cover your face when you walk by, Drench your visions in darkness

My cough is insane. I've never heard its equal... what do I do? [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Mar 13, 2009 - 21 answers

Whooping Cough or Tall Tale?

Could my roommate really have whooping cough? Because I'm skeptical. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2009 - 35 answers

Hard to Swallow

Dearest Non-Doctors; Is there any chance of my incredibly painful sore throat and swollen lymph nodes going away on it's own? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Feb 6, 2009 - 36 answers

Be gone virus!

How can I get rid of this cold/virus/URI for good? I had the same thing at the end of September into October and it has returned on 11/14 with a vengeance. [more inside]
posted by nougat on Nov 20, 2008 - 19 answers

What is the best readily available cough suppressant I can buy?

What is the best readily available cough suppressant I can buy? [more inside]
posted by jdruk on Sep 30, 2008 - 26 answers

Hack, hack, help, help.

Chronic productive cough for ten weeks, no health insurance until May 1. I will take any advice you got. [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny on Apr 6, 2008 - 13 answers

Black Lung Plague. I'm sick of being sick.

Black Lung Plague. I'm sick of being sick. What the *hell* is this crap? Does this sound familiar? And yes, I did go to the doctor. And the ER - plenty of times now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2008 - 22 answers

Coughing after a shower?

Why do I always cough after a shower? And pretty much only after a shower? [more inside]
posted by puffmoike on Jan 19, 2008 - 20 answers

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