I am not enthused with the idea of lidocaine aerosols for severe cough
as Dr. Gerardi suggested, without addressing the primary etiology. Cough
is a protective airway mechanism which, unless I am intubating someone,
would hate to suppress for fear of aspiration etc. Moreover, this is
only a short term measure for what, an hour or less I would imagine?
What happens when the patient is discharged and back to square one with
his severe cough.
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