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How can I stop post-nasal drip? I have continual drainage down the back of my throat which causes me to cough. How can I get it to stop? No cold or anything. Good health otherwise. If it wouldn't drain i wouldn't cough. Worse at night as it feels lik

How can I stop post-nasal drip? I have continual drainage down the back of my throat which causes me to cough.  How can I get it to stop?  No cold or anything.  Good health otherwise.  If it wouldn't drain i wouldn't cough.  Worse at night as it feels lik

Post : Post nasal drip can occur when one has excess drainage or if the natural drainage changes in properties. Irritants and allergens may cause it. It is best to see an ENT (otolaryngologist) who can examine the nose completely. Often rinsing the nose with saline using a squeeze bottle is advised and prescription nasal sprays are used with good success rates. Sometimes allergy testing is a good idea in order to identify hidden allergies. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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I am having a dry cough that gets worse at night and when laying down and the need to keep doing heavy breathing ... What could be the cause please ?

I am having a dry cough that gets worse at night and when laying down and the need to keep doing heavy breathing ... What could be the cause please ?

Bronchitis : Is a viral disease characterized by prolonged, excessive, dry coughing. He most common symptom of acute bronchitis is a cough that is dry. Acute bronchitis is a one-time condition that lasts for several weeks. Drink plenty of fluids and otc medication. However, pneumonia can have symptoms like acute bronchitis. Rec. See your pcp to rule out pneumonia. ...Read more

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I have a tickle in my throat that causes me to cough. It's very dry and been about a week, worse at night. Occasional ear pain. What could this be?

I have a tickle in my throat that causes me to cough. It's very dry and been about a week, worse at night. Occasional ear pain. What could this be?

Post nasal drip: Have your doctor call in a nasal steroid spray and use it once or twice a day. It will take about 3 to 5 days to resolve. Try delsym cough syrup at night to help with the night cough. If this does not work, try reflux meds like Pepcid ac or zantac after a few days. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have had a nagging cough for a litle over a week, it's worse allergies cause a nagging cough, what to do?

I have had a nagging cough for a litle over a week, it's worse allergies cause a nagging cough, what to do?

Nagging cough: For over a week, if otherwise healthy, not a smoker or around smokers or pets, can be your sinuses or irritated airways, at any rate, use saline wash, can use OTC cough syrup till you see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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What are potential causes for a productive cough lasting for more than a week and is it worse for an asthmatic?

What are potential causes for a productive cough lasting for more than a week and is it worse for an asthmatic?

Bronchitis or asthma: You may be having a bout of bronchitis or worsening in your asthma. If this persists, see your doctor who may get a lung function test on you to assess whether your asthma is out of control. ...Read more

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How you can tell if a new cough is caused by Pulmicort or by worsening asthma?

How you can tell if a new cough is caused by Pulmicort or by worsening asthma?

See your allergist: The best way to tell if your asthma is worsening is with testing - spirometry will show whether your lung function is declining, and a feno test, if available, may show signs of inflammation in the lungs even before it becomes significant enough to affect lung function. Stopping the pulmicort is another way to tell, but if the cough is caused by worsening asthma, that will make it get even worse. ...Read more

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Please explain why does dextromethorphan (dxm) taken as a cough suppressant cause my cough to get worse ?

Please explain why does dextromethorphan (dxm) taken as a cough suppressant cause my cough to get worse ?

Cough: Dextromehtorphan and medicines that help,loosen the mucous ,(mucolytic agents,)these act as expectorants,that is the reason for a short time people cough more,unlike suppressant s. ...Read more

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This refers to something that ...Read more