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Quiz: Do You Know How to Calm a Nighttime Cough?

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That cough that wakes you up at night should go away in about:

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That cough that wakes you up at night should go away in about:

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It’s normal for an ordinary cough -- one that’s not caused by a more serious illness -- to take around 18 days to go away. Most people would probably expect a cough to go away in about half that time.

It’s normal for an ordinary cough -- one that’s not caused by a more serious illness -- to take around 18 days to go away. Most people would probably expect a cough to go away in about half that time.

It’s normal for an ordinary cough -- one that’s not caused by a more serious illness -- to take around 18 days to go away. Most people would probably expect a cough to go away in about half that time.

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Most coughs are caused by:  

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Most coughs are caused by:  

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Most coughs are caused by viruses, which means that antibiotics won’t help treat them. Most importantly, when you have a cold, there are remedies to help you feel better while you wait for it  to run its course. But remember, there are no “cures” to  make the cough disappear.

Most coughs are caused by viruses, which means that antibiotics won’t help treat them. Instead, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral. Most importantly, when you have a cold, there are remedies to help you feel better while you wait for it  to run its course. But remember, there are no “cures” to  make the cough disappear.

Most coughs are caused by viruses, which means that antibiotics won’t help treat them. Instead, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral. Most importantly, when you have a cold, there are remedies to help you feel better while you wait for it  to run its course. But remember, there are no “cures” to  make the cough disappear.

To ease your cough before bedtime, suck on a:  

To ease your cough before bedtime, suck on a:  

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Drugstore shelves are filled with countless flavors and brands of cough drops and lozenges. They all soothe a cough. Even hard candy can stop that tickle in the back of your throat.

Drugstore shelves are filled with countless flavors and brands of cough drops and lozenges. They all soothe a cough. Even hard candy can stop that tickle in the back of your throat.

Drugstore shelves are filled with countless flavors and brands of cough drops and lozenges. They all soothe a cough. Even hard candy can stop that tickle in the back of your throat.

You’ll get a better night’s sleep if you treat your cough with:    

You’ll get a better night’s sleep if you treat your cough with:    

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Both honey and cough medicine can help calm your nighttime cough, leading to a more peaceful night’s sleep. Adults may try taking 2 teaspoons of honey at bedtime. Don’t give honey to babies younger than 1.

Both honey and cough medicine can help calm your nighttime cough, leading to a more peaceful night’s sleep. Adults may try taking 2 teaspoons of honey at bedtime. Don’t give honey to babies younger than 1.

Both honey and cough medicine can help calm your nighttime cough, leading to a more peaceful night’s sleep. Adults may try taking 2 teaspoons of honey at bedtime. Don’t give honey to babies younger than 1.

For a stubborn nighttime cough, try a combination cold medicine.   

For a stubborn nighttime cough, try a combination cold medicine.   

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Combination cold products have more than one kind of medicine in them. This means there’s more chance of side effects or taking too much. If you have only a cough, you don't need the extra medicine in combination products.

Combination cold products have more than one kind of medicine in them. This means there’s more chance of side effects or taking too much, especially for a child. If your child only has a cough, he doesn’t need the extra medicine in combination products. No cold medicine is recommended for kids under 4. Ask your doctor first if your child is 4 to 6 years old.

Most coughs go away on their own, but call your doctor if:

Most coughs go away on their own, but call your doctor if:

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Noisy breathing when you inhale or exhale can be a symptom of bronchitis, asthma, or another problem that a doctor should check. Call your doctor if you have trouble breathing or are coughing up blood. If your baby has a cough that worries you, call your doctor.

Noisy breathing when you inhale or exhale can be a symptom of bronchitis, asthma, or another problem that a doctor should check. Call your doctor if you have trouble breathing or are coughing up blood. If your baby has a cough that worries you, call your doctor.

Noisy breathing when you inhale or exhale can be a symptom of bronchitis, asthma, or another problem that a doctor should check. Call your doctor if you have trouble breathing or are coughing up blood. If your baby has a cough that worries you, call your doctor.

Which may help a nighttime cough?

Which may help a nighttime cough?

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Vapor rub has a powerful smell, and it’s helpful for easing a nighttime cough.  Rub it on your chest and neck at bedtime. Although many people swear by echinacea for colds and cough, studies are mixed on whether it works.

Vapor rub has a powerful smell, and it’s helpful for easing a nighttime cough.  Rub it around the child’s chest and neck at bedtime. Don’t use vapor rubs for kids under 2. Although many people swear by echinacea for colds and cough, studies are mixed on whether it works.

Vapor rub has a powerful smell, and it’s helpful for easing a nighttime cough.  Rub it around the child’s chest and neck at bedtime. Don’t use vapor rubs for kids under 2. Although many people swear by echinacea for colds and cough, studies are mixed on whether it works.

Always call the doctor if your cough lasts more than:  

Always call the doctor if your cough lasts more than:  

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In adults, a cough that lasts more than 8 weeks is definitely reason to call your doctor. Before then, a cough may go away on its own. But if you also have other symptoms, like weight loss, shortness of breath, coughing up blood -- or if you smoke -- talk to your doctor sooner.

In adults, a cough that lasts more than 8 weeks is definitely reason to call your doctor. Before then, a cough may go away on its own. But if you also have other symptoms, like weight loss, shortness of breath, coughing up blood -- or if you smoke -- talk to your doctor sooner.

In adults, a cough that lasts more than 8 weeks is definitely reason to call your doctor. Before then, a cough may go away on its own. But if you also have other symptoms, like weight loss, shortness of breath, coughing up blood -- or if you smoke -- talk to your doctor sooner.

A cough that brings up yellow-green mucus means you have a sinus infection.

A cough that brings up yellow-green mucus means you have a sinus infection.

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Yellow-green mucus isn’t pretty, but it’s part of the normal course of a cold caused by a virus. Because the mucus is thicker and harder for your sinuses to drain, you may feel pressure in your face, but you still may not have a sinus infection or need antibiotics. If it continues for more than 10 days, call your doctor.

Yellow-green mucus isn’t pretty, but it’s part of the normal course of a cold caused by a virus. Because the mucus is thicker and harder for your sinuses to drain, you may feel pressure in your face, but you still may not have a sinus infection or need antibiotics. If it continues for more than 10 days, call your doctor.

Your cough may be caused by heartburn.

Your cough may be caused by heartburn.

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Heartburn, sometimes referred to as GERD, can cause a long-lasting cough in both adults and kids. Heartburn acid can irritate the nerves and trigger your cough reflex. Avoid alcohol and food 2-3 hours before bed. Sleep with your head raised.

Heartburn, sometimes referred to as GERD, can cause a long-lasting cough in both adults and kids. Heartburn acid can irritate the nerves and trigger your cough reflex. Avoid alcohol and food 2-3 hours before bed. Sleep with your head raised.

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