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What can I do to get rid of a hacking cough? I do not have a sore throat, headache, or anything. Just a cough, and I do cough up phlegm.

Doctor's Assistant: Is the headache episodic or daily? And what about nausea?

I don't have a headache.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr Josh, Doctor replied 7 months ago
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Doctor: Dr Josh, Doctor replied 7 months ago

Dear customer

Thank you for being online.

The productive cough produces phlegm or mucus (sputum). Its most common causes are:

-Viral infection(most common cause)

-Bacterial infection

-Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

-Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

-Postnasal drip

You need expectorant cough mixture to help loosen the phlegm and make it easier to cough up from the airways.Expectorants contain ingredients such as guaifenesin, ipecachuana or ammonium citrate.

The only expectorant available in OTC products is guaifenesin (some brand names: Mucinex, Robitussin Chest Congestion).So I advice you to take mucinex cough syrup,it will help you greatly & is available as OTC without prescription.

Spitting will help greatly.Instead of swallowing or ignoring the mucus,spit it into a tissue or the sink every time.

All this will help you greatly to get rid of this hacking cough.

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Doctor: Dr Josh, Doctor replied 7 months ago

Dear customer

Do you have any other follow up question regarding your cough?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thank you for the quick diagnosis. I do know that if I could spit out that phlegm, my cough would be greatly lessened, however, I don't know how to hack it up, so I can spit it out. Any suggestions??
Doctor: Dr Josh, Doctor replied 7 months ago

Dear customer

Thank you for replying back.

Following will help to hack coughing:

  1. Stay hydrated.Drink plenty of fluids.
  2. Take mucinex cough syrup,it will help you greatly & is available as OTC without prescription.
  3. Throat lozenges will also provide great relief. They are available as OTC(over the counter).
  4. Remove irritants from the air.
  5. Drink hot liquids

All this will help you greatly in hacking cough & hence the spitting out of phlegm.

Thank you.

And please don't forget to leave positive rating above the chat box so I can get credit for helping you today,

we only get after positive feedback.Bonus is highly appreciated.

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