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I have been coughing for a few weeks - this time a year i get allergies but those symptoms have subdued but the cough is getting worse ?

I have been coughing for a few weeks - this time a year i get allergies but those symptoms have subdued but the cough is getting worse ?

? asthma: Cough could be the only sign of asthma, in fact there is what's called" cough variant asthma", seasonality and history of allergies are strong attributes, an evaluation by an allergist is worth pursuing. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I cough only when waking up. No other symptoms and no cough at any other time. Could be allergies? I take perscription hydroxizine.

I cough only when waking up. No other symptoms and no cough at any other time. Could be allergies? I take perscription hydroxizine.

Reflux?: This suggests that you may have a reflux problem which is worsened by lying down. Although post-nasal drips or asthma can be associated with a cough, yours does not seem to fit the picture. ...Read more

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Sharp pain around vocal chord, only when I cough. It's a quick tearing pain. sick 2 weeks ago with upper resp. Issues. No other symptoms. Allergies?

Sharp pain around vocal chord, only when I cough. It's a quick tearing pain. sick 2 weeks ago with upper resp. Issues. No other symptoms. Allergies?

See ENT: If you have a sharp tearing pain at your throat for more than a few days without noticing any improvement, you need to see your doctor or ENT to find out why. ...Read more

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Night cough, no allergies, no URI symptoms, no allergies. Nonsmoker. Adult, 63, module ratels obese. Cause?

Night cough, no allergies, no URI symptoms, no allergies.  Nonsmoker. Adult, 63, module ratels obese. Cause?

GE Reflux/asthma/CHF: If your cough occurs while lying down, it could be either cardiac or gastrointestinal in origin, instead of just pulmonary. If it is associated with shortness of breath and chest or back pain, you need to see your doctor right away. If it is associated ever with a sour taste in the mouth , almost vomiting, and heartburn it may be gastrointestinal reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus. ...Read more

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I've had a dry cough for over 2 weeks. I had a cold for a while but all the cold symptoms have left except for the cough. Could it be allergies?

I've had a dry cough for over 2 weeks. I had a cold for a while but all the cold symptoms have left except for the cough. Could it be allergies?

Could be: Allergies can indeed cause a post nasal drip (PND) that irritates the throat and causes an annoying cough. I have had good success with rx nasal sprays that help with allergies and the pnd, getting rid of the cough too. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr says cough is either allergies or asthma. Been on Flovent inhaler for 6 wks and cough still present. No other symptoms. Does this rule out asthma?

Dr says cough is either allergies or asthma. Been on Flovent inhaler for 6 wks and cough still present. No other symptoms. Does this rule out asthma?

Cough: yih might want to check if there is allergy triggers, like cats or dogs or something in the room that triggers allergies. Next step is to increase Flovent dose or add long term beta agonist like advisor, or dulera or symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cold and allergies. I'm having some symptoms of runny and stuffy nose, also itchiness and very little dry cough. ?

What is the difference between a cold and allergies. I'm having some symptoms of runny and stuffy nose, also itchiness and very little dry cough. ?

See Allergist: A cold is caused by a virus and is transient. Allergic rhinitis presents with a variety of symptoms including congestion, running, itching (eyes and nose), and post-nasal drip that can be seasonal or year round. Triggers can be allergic (animal dander, pollen, dust mites) or non-allergic (strong scents/odors, cleaning products, weather changes). See an allergist for further workup and skin testing ...Read more

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How do you determine if a dry cough is caused by GERD vs allergies or asthma? No other symptoms besides a lingering dry cough and I feel a lil post na

How do you determine if a dry cough is caused by GERD vs allergies or asthma? No other symptoms besides a lingering dry cough and I feel a lil post na

Response to therapy: Assuming that you have narrowed the cause of your cough down to these things, it all depends on your response to medical therapy and avoidance of triggers. Your doctor could help with a trial of an inhaler like albuterol and you could also try medicines that are available over the counter for GERD and allergies. If you respond to symptomatic care, that may be al that you need. Also consider URIs. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old son has had a junky sounding cough off and on for about a month now. No other symptoms at all. Runs arounds, plays, no fever. Allergies?

My 4 yr old son has had a junky sounding cough off and on for about a month now.  No other symptoms at all.  Runs arounds, plays, no fever.  Allergies?

Cough: There are certainly many causes for a prolonged cough. But a cough lasting for a month should be seen by a physician to determine the cause and thereby treat it. Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Are seasonal allergies to blame for my 6 year old daughters mild cough? No runny sneezy nose - which would be the classic symptom ...

Are seasonal allergies to blame for my 6 year old daughters mild cough? No runny sneezy nose - which would be the classic symptom ...

Variable: A "mild cough" in a 6 year old could certainly be allergies especially if she is rubbing her nose a lot, has dark circles under her eyes, or dry skin in patches on her arms and legs. If she has a history of respiratory infections she should certainly see her pediatrician to be sure. ...Read more

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I have a 4 yr old that I am giving Claritin for seasonal allergy symptoms, seems to help a little but she now has a cough this morning. Mucinex (guaifenesin)?

I have a 4 yr old that I am giving Claritin for seasonal allergy symptoms, seems to help a little but she now has a cough this morning. Mucinex (guaifenesin)?

Cough only: I like delsym better because it is for cough only. Or you can check if there is a Mucinex (guaifenesin) that is for cough only. I prefer childrens medications with the least amount of active ingredients to help the symptoms. ...Read more

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I have no nasal congestion and a dry cough but i can feel something rattling around in my chest when i cough I have no other symptoms either is this allergies or a cold?

I have no nasal congestion and a dry cough but i can feel something rattling around in my chest when i cough I have no other symptoms either is this allergies or a cold?

Could be either: They symptoms are likely related to an upper respiratory infection; however depending on the time sequence and persistence of symptoms, allergies could be playing a role if there is no improvement in the near future. Should the symptoms persist or should they worsen, i recommend seeing your primary doctor and possibly an allergist. ...Read more

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Sob always.Wheezing w/forced exhale. Productive cough sinusitis issues.Allergies.Had lung test months ago. Symptoms haven't left. 25 8 pack year hist.

Sob always.Wheezing w/forced exhale. Productive cough sinusitis issues.Allergies.Had lung test months ago. Symptoms haven't left. 25 8 pack year hist.

Quit smoking: Your symptoms are all coming from your smoking habit. So it's important to work with your pcp to find other alternatives to stop smoking, and keep your lungs clear. The irritation from the tobacco, and the particles landing on the tissues of the lungs is irritating it, causing the cilia lining the bronchioles to want to remove it. Plus there's a carcinogenic potential with the byproducts, tar landing on it. ...Read more

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My 9 yr old son has been told he has dryeye and allergies! symptoms r a cough red eyes rolling eyes and head & sniffing? What do u thnk please give info

My 9 yr old son has been told he has dryeye and allergies! symptoms r a cough red eyes rolling eyes and head & sniffing? What do u thnk please give info

See a pediatrician: A child who rolls his eyes, his head, and sniffs off and on may have tics, which are exaggerated habits. Of course he may have allergies and dry eyes, too. The allergies and eye symptoms may "encourage" the tics to continue because the symptoms make him sense that there is some discomfort in the eyes. Some doctors check for strep throat when a child has new tics with cold/allergy/throat symptoms. ...Read more

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Hello. I have a scratchy throat with no other symptoms such as cough, fever, etc. Could this be allergies or sinus problems?

Hello. I have a scratchy throat with no other symptoms such as cough, fever, etc. Could this be allergies or sinus problems?

Allergy: A scratchy throat is much more likely to be due to upper respiratory tract allergy than sinusitis. Sinusitis is a disease with more significant symptoms such as yellow-green nasal discharge, pain in the face, pain between the eyes. excessive post-nasal discharge and occasionally frontal headaches. ...Read more

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How fast do symptoms of walnut allergy start. I ate a cake containing walnuts 2 hours ago and now my throat fills a bit itchy and tight, with cough?

Go to ER: If your symptoms haven't resolved since you posted this an hour ago then go to the ER. Get evaluated by an Allergist. You will need an epinephrine autoinjector if you are allergic. Reactions typically start right away but can be delayed. ...Read more

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Last night before bed, i started to cough. Now all day today, i can't stop coughing! no other symptoms besides a ticklish throat. I have asthma & allergies & received a flu shot. What could this be?

Last night before bed, i started to cough. Now all day today, i can't stop coughing! no other symptoms besides a ticklish throat. I have asthma & allergies & received a flu shot. What could this be?

Lots of things: Could be asthma, post nasal drip down the back of throat, or a virus, or a way some people present from reflux. If over the counter cough medicines don't help and keeping a cool mist humidifier by your bed, see your doctor(assuming you tried using your asthma medication ). ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more