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Doctor insights on: Causes Of A Hoarse Cough And A Runny Nose

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I have cough and runny nose. I have a hoarse voice too. What should I do?

I have cough and runny nose. I have a hoarse voice too. What should I do?

Drink plenty of warm: Liquids, honey lemon tea is good. Bed rest and some cough and cold decongestant histamines if needed. Expectorants may be added to help with the mucus behind your throat which is causing the hoarseness in your voice. Of course if not any better, & u develop fever, headaches, fatigue and short of breath w chest discomfort, you will need to see your physician asap! Be sure it didn't progress to pneumonia. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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My 9mo has a deep rasp when breathing. No runny nose. No fever. Occasional cough. What is it? And what should I do?

My 9mo has a deep rasp when breathing. No runny nose. No fever. Occasional cough. What is it? And what should I do?

Pediatrician: In order to provide an answer to your question would have to examine your son and obtain further info. Since answers on healthtap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis, strongly suggest you take him to see your family doctor or a pediatrician. Hope this turns out to be a minor issue. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has a cough, runny nose and hoarse voice should she see the doctor?

My 5 year old has a cough, runny nose and hoarse voice should she see the doctor?

NotNecessarily: If your child is otherwise acting okay, and staying hydrated it is fine to observe. Persistent sore throat, if fever lasts more than 3 days, of the color of the mucus changes, if any shortness of breath/wheezing/distress occurs then you need to take them to their doctor or the ED. ...Read more

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My 9 month old daughter has a hoarse cough, that is worse at night. She also has a stuffy, runny nose, but no fever.?

My 9 month old daughter has a hoarse cough, that is worse at night. She also has a stuffy, runny nose, but no fever.?

Allergy?: This is the time of year when things come into bloom and allergies appear. Or she may have a viral uri. If she becomes worse have her seen by your family doctor. ...Read more

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1 year old sounds very hoarse sounds like a seal when crying and when she is running around no cough at all. Does have runny nose and low grade fever.

1 year old sounds very hoarse sounds like a seal when crying and when she is running around no cough at all. Does have runny nose and low grade fever.

Croup: An upper respiratory infection with runny nose and fever with swelling around her vocal cords from a virus can cause exactly what you describe. When it causes a cough we call it croup. She may still develop a cough. If she has no trouble breathing and resolution of fever you are good. If any difficulty breathing, high fever or drooling she needs to be seen right away. ...Read more

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Been sick for a month. Started with sore throat, then runny nose, then a cough. Now it turned into hoarse coughs. Why is it taking a long time to heal?

Been sick for a month. Started with sore throat, then runny nose, then a cough. Now it turned into hoarse coughs. Why is it taking a long time to heal?

Cough: A persistent cough can be from several factors including post nasal drip from nasal allergies, chronic sinusitis, asthma and acid reflux. In your case I suspect either a sinus infection or perhaps asthma. It is time to get it checked. ...Read more

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I've had a runny nose over the past week now that's gone I've got a really hoarse voice and tickly cough my throat is more scratchy feeling than sore

I've had a runny nose over the past week now that's gone I've got a really hoarse voice and tickly cough my throat is more scratchy feeling than sore

Possible Allergies: The symptoms you describe are commonly seen in patients with allergies. This can be tested for by an allegist, or you can try one of the over-the-counter meds like zyrtec, claritin, (loratadine) or Allegra to see if your symptoms improve. If the symptoms are not due to allergies, it could also just be the common cold and will resolve in several more days. ...Read more

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Started w/ scratchy throat; then stuffy/runny nose & sneezing; then lethargic/chills & temp 100.5°. Today (Day 5) hoarse/painful cough. Possible Dx?

Started w/ scratchy throat; then stuffy/runny nose & sneezing; then lethargic/chills & temp 100.5°. Today (Day 5) hoarse/painful cough. Possible Dx?

URI Dx?: 25 F Started w/ scratchy throat; then stuffy/runny nose & sneezing; then lethargic/chills & temp 100.5°. Today (Day 5) hoarse/painful cough. Possible Dx? Sounds like a cold. Most likely virus. But your local Drs know what is going around in school or work and can better assess cause and treatment. Prob not strept throat but that can only be determined local history and testing. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, cough, runny nose, congested nose, body aches, and I developed hoarseness 2 days ago., I can only whisper. What can this be?

Possibly the flu: Causing all these symptoms with laryngitis causing the hoarseness, so rest your voice and your body, increase fluids and warm liquids, painkillers, and it will run its course, if no improvement or getting worse see your doctor, best wishes ...Read more

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I am experiencing itchy watery eyes, runny nose itchy throat, cough, frequent throat clearing, and hoarse in the morning and had throbbing HA

I am experiencing itchy watery eyes, runny nose itchy throat, cough, frequent throat clearing, and hoarse in the morning and had throbbing HA

Head cold: Mostly viral, and will take its course, however you need to rest, hydrate yourself well, salt water gargles, painkillers, and may be decongestants, if no problem with high blood pressure, several combination medicines OTC can help, but read the labels carefully, if no improvement, see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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Grand other, 87yo. 5'5" 149lbs. Chronic cold symptoms, 10yrs. Runny nose, clogged ears, dizziness, cough, hoarse throat. No allergies. Any ideas?

Grand other, 87yo. 5'5" 149lbs. Chronic cold symptoms, 10yrs. Runny nose, clogged ears, dizziness, cough, hoarse throat. No allergies. Any ideas?

Chronic sinusitis: The symptoms above are consistent with chronic irritation of the nose and throat. This can be caused by chronic sinus infections which also connect to the ear and cause dizziness. A Cat scan of sinuses can help. A more unlikely but possible cause is reflux disease. (GERD) While not typical, gastric fluid coming up in the throat during sleep can cause the symptoms as well. An ENT surgeon can help. ...Read more

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3 weeks of swollen throat, ear popping, hoarseness, cold symptoms (cough, tiredness, runny nose) what could this be? Tried allergy meds, but to no avail

3 weeks of swollen throat, ear popping, hoarseness, cold symptoms (cough, tiredness, runny nose) what could this be? Tried allergy meds, but to no avail

See a doctor: Three weeks of any illness without improvement or a diagnosis is sufficient to warrant professional evaluation. Sounds on the surface as if this may be due to allergies, but without testing there is no way to be sure. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been feeling unwell for the last 4 days. On/off fever, cough with thick and yellow phlegm, runny nose, hoarse voice and sore throat with difficulty swallowing.

Hi, I have been feeling unwell for the last 4 days. On/off fever, cough with thick and yellow phlegm, runny nose, hoarse voice and sore throat with difficulty swallowing.

Cold?: Sounds like a viral syndrome. Would treat with symptomatic fixes. Lots of fluids and stay hydrated. Ice blocks are perfect for this. Water, milk, juice, sports drinks are all good. As for the fever it is ok to alternate pamol every 6 hours with ibuprofen every 8 hours. Decongestants and anti-histamines will help with the upper resp symptoms. Rest chicken soups are also good. See Dr if not better in a few days ...Read more

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3yr old & 5mo old coughing runny nose, slight fevers, phelgm n chests, 5mo old a little hoarse. Both still eat and play. Diagnosis/suggestions please?

3yr old & 5mo old coughing runny nose, slight fevers, phelgm n chests, 5mo old a little hoarse. Both still eat and play. Diagnosis/suggestions please?

Viral most likely: Sounds more like a viral upper respiratory infection shared between the two of them. Good they are playful and eating well. Keep them hydrated, keep close eye on fever especially for the 5 month old, high fever, irritability or compromised feeding warrants visit to pediatrician. Older one worsening of cough, ear pain, high fever same suggestion. ...Read more

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What are some kinds of treatments that can ease the symptoms of the common cold? What things can be done at home that can help with: runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, head aches, coughing, and hoarse voice.

Nasal symptoms: Salt water washes twice daily, humidifier in bedroom, air purifier, consider otc antihistamines although I am never a fan of patients treating themselves since they typically don't know all of the in's and out's of why we prescribe meds the way we do. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause nose bleed? How come my symptoms such as hoarseness, sore throat, runny nose, and nasal congestion only getting worse?

Can a sinus infection cause nose bleed? How come my symptoms such as hoarseness, sore throat, runny nose, and nasal congestion only getting worse?

Sinuses & Epistaxis.: The inflammation caused by sinus infection, along with the pure violence of constantly blowing your nose, can lead to nosebleeds in the context of a sinus infection That being said, sinus infections tend to be bacterial, so you may be getting worse because you need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What are causes of a continuous cough and runny nose in an infant?

What are causes of a continuous cough and runny nose in an infant?

Many: Continuous cough and runny nose in an infant should be discussed with your doctor. It might be as simple as recurrent colds this time of year, but it could signify a chronic condition (wheezing or acid reflux), or a more serious infection (whooping cough or bronchiolitis). Treatments vary based on the cause, so a careful exam should be done by your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Dry cough and runny nose cause fever?

Dry cough and runny nose cause fever?

Not really: I would say that dry cough and runny nose can be associated with fever in the context of an infection (common cold), but cough and runny nose do not actually cause the fever. ...Read more

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What causes a horse voice &u lingering cough &u runny nose? What can I do for it with a 4yr old?

What causes a horse voice &u lingering cough &u runny nose? What can I do for it with a 4yr old?

Reflux/nodules/allrg: This pattern brings to mind cases where the child had mild reflux that increased with feeds before bedtime, producing night cough. Some made it onto the vocal cords causing nodules or swelling. Runny nose can be due to reflux irritation of the backside of the nasal passages. An ENT evaluation would help. Sometimes avoiding late feeds has helped. ...Read more

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What can cause fever last for 3 days without other symptoms, except headache? My body temperature is 38.5°c, no runny nose or a cough.

Viral?: It can be a viral infection but it can also be a medication side effect... If the problem persists, see your doctor for some tests. ...Read more

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Recovering frm a cold at 36wks pregnant. Been a wk runny nose better bt developd a cough. Can coughing harm bub? Can it cause my waters to break?

Recovering frm a cold at 36wks pregnant. Been a wk runny nose better bt developd a cough. Can coughing harm bub? Can it cause my waters to break?

PG coughing: Coughing in late stage pregnancy will not harm the fetus in utero unless you prematurely rupture your membranes from the increased abdominal pressure from an extended coughing session. Talk to your OB MD about the cough and see if he/she deems it necessary to treat it or not. ...Read more

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Can. Allergies cause cough and runny nose producing different color mucus like green brown yellow?

Can. Allergies cause cough and runny nose producing different color mucus like green brown yellow?

Acute Sinusitis: Allergic rhinitis can cause increased nasal congestion, cough, runny nose that can lead to discolored sputum, facial pain/pressure, nasal blockage, fevers, and loss of taste/smell which are symptoms concerning for an acute sinus infection. Daily steroid nasal sprays and other allergy medications can help reduce or prevent these infections. See an Allergist for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip on 7mo cause coughs? Started w/runny nose. Humidifier, saline & bulb syringe used. Cough AM & PM. Bronchiolitis risk? Nebulizer?

Can post nasal drip on 7mo cause coughs? Started w/runny nose. Humidifier, saline & bulb syringe used. Cough AM & PM. Bronchiolitis risk? Nebulizer?

Yes: A post nasal drip can and commonly does cause a cough. Bronchiolitis is from lower airways (lungs). It is important for her pediatrician to listen and determine where the cough is coming from. The treatments are dramatically different. ...Read more

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My 1 year old has a runny tummy, runny nose, slight cough and low grade fever. Possible causes?

My 1 year old has a runny tummy, runny nose, slight cough and low grade fever. Possible causes?

Depends on how long: Most likely caused by a viral illness if symptoms have been there for less than 10-14 days. Keep your child hydrated by offering lots of fluids like water, pedialyte, diluted Gatorade. You can give acetaminophen for fever or discomfort. If symptoms longer than 10-14 days or fever longer than 5 days, see your doctor. ...Read more

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My voice has been horse for about a month now. I have not been sick. My throat does not hurt, I don't have a cough or runny nose. What can cause this?

My voice has been horse for about a month now. I have not been sick. My throat does not hurt, I don't have a cough or runny nose. What can cause this?

Chronic hoarseness: Good that u don't smoke. Do u use voice a lot (speaker, singer, coach, etc) where u have to shout or raise voice to be heard? May have nodules on vocal cords; remote possibility of laryngeal cancer (much more likely if u smoked) or hpv. Other possibilities: reflux, hypothyroid. See an ENT specialist who can evaluate larynx & obtain tests if needed. ...Read more

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Does HIV flu cause sneezing, runny nose, and wet cough? With a mild fever and all gone in 4 days, except the cough a few more days and without rash. T

Does HIV flu cause sneezing, runny nose, and wet cough? With a mild fever and all gone in 4 days, except the cough a few more days and without rash. T

Unusual: We worry about acute HIV when someone has a flu-like syndrome that lingers, somewhat like mono would present. Fever, fatigue, mild nausea, light rash, sore throat, and/or swollen lymph nodes are all symptoms that can be seen with a number of viral syndromes including hiv. The HIV antibody test can take 3 or more months to turn positive, so to diagnose acute HIV we need to do a HIV RNA test. ...Read more

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I had a very acidic smoothie. It burned my throat. I used cough drops, tea & honey, and water to fix it. It seems to have caused a runny nose - I was fine before the drink, but now feel sick. Help!

I had a very acidic smoothie. It burned my throat. I used cough drops, tea & honey, and water to fix it. It seems to have caused a runny nose - I was fine before the drink, but now feel sick. Help!

Runny nose: I do not think the runny nose is due to the acidic smoothie. You may want to try a decongestant, if you do not have high blood pressure. You can also irrigate out the nose and this should help you. Good luck! Get plenty of rest. ...Read more

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Strep throat doesn't cause respitory symptoms such as cough runny nose and trouble breathing right?

Strep throat doesn't cause respitory symptoms such as cough runny nose and trouble breathing right?

Possibly...: Your throat infection could result in bronchospasm and airway inflammation which could lead to the symptoms you describe. So, see your doctor for evaluation as there are effective treatments. ...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


Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Runny Nose (Definition)

Mucus fluid from the nose, usually caused by ...Read more