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What meds cause unproductive dry cough?

What meds cause unproductive dry cough?

Some BP meds: A common cause of cough due medication is a class of medication used for lowering blood pressure called ace-inhibitors, such as lisonopril. ...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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What causes a dry persistent non productive nighttime cough?

What causes a dry persistent non productive nighttime cough?

Cough: Hello, a cough is a reflex event that occurs after stimulation to the nerves of the airways. A specific night time cough could be due to a few possibilities. First would be a cough variant of asthma. Instead of the wheezing that commonly occurs with asthma, a person coughs instead. My other thought could be from a reflux condition that while you sleep, a small amount of gastric liquid reflexes up. ...Read more

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Whay causes a dry cough?

Whay causes a dry cough?

Possibilities...: Cough, especially chronic cough, can be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, bronchitis or even a combination of these etiologies. Bronchitic cough tends to be productive but the rest can be "dry." if one etiology is left untreated, the person will continue to cough. So, continue to see your doctor so all nessary treatments can be given to resolve your cough. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes a dry cough?

What causes a dry cough?

Possibilities...: Persistent chronic non-productive cough is usually due to bronchospasm (due to any cause), post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. An evaluation by a doctor is needed for diagnosis since these all have different treatments. If you smoke, smoking cessation is needed to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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What are some causes of dry cough?

What are some causes of dry cough?

Possibilities...: Persistent chronic non-productive cough is usually due to bronchospasm (due to any cause), post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. An evaluation by a doctor is needed for diagnosis since these all have different treatments. If you smoke, smoking cessation is needed to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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What can be cause behind my persistent dry cough?

What can be cause behind my persistent dry cough?

Chronic cough: The possible etiologies of a persistent dry cough include bronchospasm, post-nasal drip, gerd or some combination of these etiologies. Since the treatment of each of these is completely different, it is important that you return to your doctor if a particular treatment doesn't lead to complete resolution of the cough. If even 1 etiology is untreated, the cough will persist. ...Read more

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What can be the actual cause behind my persistent dry cough?

What can be the actual cause behind my persistent dry cough?

Many things: There are many things that can cause a persistent dry cough some of which are serious problems. Smoking can lead to a persistent cough so if you are smoking please stop now. Allergies, dry air, infections, medications and heart problems are just some of the things that can cause this. You should have this evaluated by a health care professional. ...Read more

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What could be the real root cause behind my persistent dry cough?

What could be the real root cause behind my persistent dry cough?

Asthma/other lung dz: Peristent dry cough has many possible causes- including atypical pneumonia, chronic rhintis with post nasal drip is possible- also asthma or COPD which are chronic lung conditions. There are certain meds that can cause dry cough - so if you are on BP meds - check and see if you are on something that causes this. Go see your dr for eval- may do cxr and pft to eval. ...Read more

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Can lisiniprel cause a dry hacking cough? If so, what will help the cough?

Can lisiniprel cause a dry hacking cough? If so, what will help the cough?

Cough: It sure can as I am on it as well and have a dry cough!
i am getting off it to another med as this is the only way to control it. Can be very bothersome. ...Read more

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I have been having this dry cough for 2 years now. What could be the cause?

I have been having this dry cough for 2 years now. What could be the cause?

Need Evaluation: Dry cough for two years needs to be properly evaluated by your physician. It may be due to
1bronchial asthma
2chronic bronchitis
3smoking side effect
4allergies
5sinusitis
you are only 21 years old contact your doctor and get checked. Need detailed history/physical examination, blood test and xray chest;pulmonary function tests if indicated. ...Read more

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What causes rid of a dry cough after a cold?

What causes rid of a dry cough after a cold?

Cough: Cough could cause by a lot of reasons. Please if not getting better please see your physician. ...Read more

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Could dust cause sudden bad dry cough for about 5 mins? With no other symptoms. Or could this be due to something else? Thanks

Could dust cause sudden bad dry cough for about 5 mins? With no other symptoms. Or could this be due to something else? Thanks

Yes it can/something: We know house dust can cause cough and even asthma.But it can be due to something else like allergies, infections etc. And if it persists and keep happening time and again, then it needs to be checked and evauated by your doctor but if it is only one time occurence than nothing needs to be done ...Read more

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Hello Dr's. I have a dry cough that has been going on for 6 months. I've had a bad cold in December. Could this be the cause of my dry cough?

Hello Dr's. I have a dry cough that has been going on for 6 months. I've had a bad cold in December. Could this be the cause of my dry cough?

Chronic cough: Probably not a Cold from December, but your cough is chronic and needs to be evaluated for the cause of it. See a Dr. And you may even need some testing including a C-Xray for a 6 month cough. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could the daily use of metformin cause a dry cough?

Could the daily use of metformin cause a dry cough?

Not likelly: A cough is not a reported side effect of metformin. Patients with diabetes are often taking blood pressure medications in the group called ace inhibitors; these often cause a dry cough, so if you are taking one of these medications it is likely that it may be causing your cough rather than the metformin. ...Read more

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Why does the medication capoten (captopril) cause a dry, hacking cough?

Why does the medication capoten (captopril) cause a dry, hacking cough?

ACE cough: Capoten (captopril) is one of a class of blood pressure medicines called ace inhibitors, which can sometimes cause a dry, persistent cough as a side effect. If you are having trouble with this, talk to your doctor about changing to a different medication. ...Read more

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I have been having a combination of a wet and dry cough. I now have a swollen gland is it possible that coughing can cause this?

Swollen gland: The swollen gland is probably a lymph node caused by the bacteria or virus that caused the cough and cold in the first place. Most of these swollen glands will resolve over time. If it does not resolve in a few weeks or if you have any night sweats you should see you doctor. I hope you feel better soon. Good luck! Hope this helped. ...Read more

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I have had a bad dry violent cough for about 6-8 weeks now. What can cause this? Haven't been wheezing it just sort of started 7 wks ago

Pertussis?: See your doctor. If you are not on a medicine that causes cough, and you don't have seasonal allergies, asthma or lung disease, a cough lasting longer than 8 weeks is likely to represent Pertussis (whooping cough). There is no treatment for pertussis unless caught in the first couple days, but there is an effective vaccination to prevent the next episode. Some things help symptoms. ...Read more

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Almost 2 weeks now I have had this continuous dry cough and no cough meds seem to help and if they do its not for long. What coukd be the cause?

Almost 2 weeks now I have had this continuous dry cough and no cough meds seem to help and if they do its not for long. What coukd be the cause?

Possibilities...: Possibilities for a cough like this include bronchospasm from any etiology including infections (bacterial, viral, atypicals, etc.). Other possibilities include gerd, post-nasal drip or other sinus problems or even a combination of factors. You definitely should have this diagnosed by your doctor so the correct treatment can be given. If you smoke, you need to quit asap. ...Read more

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What is the sign that dry cough is getting better and can stop taking medicine? Is it ony if I totally not coughing? Cos med cause drowsiness in day

What is the sign that dry cough is getting better and can stop taking medicine? Is it ony if I totally not coughing? Cos med cause drowsiness in day

Stop anytime..: It's just a cough suppressant correct? It's not an antibiotic or asthma medicine? If the medicine is bothering you with drowsiness more than it is helping your cough, you can stop it. ...Read more

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Can allergies in a four year old cause fever? Complains of sore throat, but throat not red or splotchy. Lots of clear discharge from nose. Dry unproductive cough. Fever of 99 to 101. Listless, wants to sleep a lot. Symptoms since yesterday morning

Can allergies in a four year old cause fever? Complains of sore throat, but throat not red or splotchy. Lots of clear discharge from nose. Dry unproductive cough. Fever of 99 to 101. Listless, wants to sleep a lot. Symptoms since yesterday morning

In: In a situation like this the child should be evaluated by his/her pediatrician. Strep throat needs to be ruled out. To answer your question, allergies do not cause fever. More common causes of fever in children with the above symptoms are URI (upper respiratory infections, otitis media aka ear infections, and like I said strep throat.
If her symptoms have resolved or are resolving she does not need to follow up.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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What could cause a dry cough in my 14 mon old? Allergies?

What could cause a dry cough in my 14 mon old? Allergies?

Likely: Allergies are a frequent cause of cough. But there are cases where the "cough" is in place of a wheeze and maybe asthma, which is treated entirely differently. ...Read more

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Can constant postnasal drip cause dry cough and chest problems?

Can constant postnasal drip cause dry cough and chest problems?

Possibly: There are multiple causes of cough. The most common causes are post nasal drip, asthma, and reflux disease. ...Read more

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I believe there are foods causing cough like mango and dried fish. What other foods to avoid that cause it?

Depends....: Your cough is likely caused by bronchospasm related to food allergy. You should avoid any food which causes these symptoms. You could see an allergist for further testing to determine precisely what causes your allergic symptoms. ...Read more

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I have had a bad dry cough for about 6 weeks now. Haven't gone to the doctor because honestly there is not much they can do. What could cause this?

Medical visit: Not much they can do? Really? I think you are mistaken. You will need an examination and an xray. You may need evaluation for allergies, asthma, GERD or systemic illness. You are asking for a diagnosis, but do not want to see a physician? - Really? - I think you have a misconception of this website. Get examined- 6 weeks is actually worrisome. ...Read more