Does Your Cough Need To Be Treated, And If So, How?

Dr. Mark Crislip has some answers at Science-Based Medicine.  An excerpt from the infectious disease specialist: 

“I tend to leave most symptoms alone if the they are not life threatening or otherwise unbearable for the patient. Codeine is the only really good cough suppressant and none of the over the counter cough medications are effective.  I assume that coughing with infection, like diarrhea, is beneficial. Key to treating all infections is to physically remove it. Undrained pus doesn’t heal, and a good cough is the most efficient way I know remove potential pathogens from the lung.”

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