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17 yr old male, minor throat tightness, with some phlegm. Occasional coughing better after eating. Caused by pollen or what else? Is it a concern?

17 yr old male, minor throat tightness, with some phlegm. Occasional coughing better after eating. Caused by pollen or what else? Is it a concern?

Reflux: The only thought I have is that you have a reflux problem causing irritation at your throat and coughing. The improvement immediately after eating is due to the acid being diluted or neutralized by the food you have consumed. Does improvement occur also when drinking coffee, tea, or cola? ...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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Could occasional coughing be linked to dehydration?

Could occasional coughing be linked to dehydration?

Not Likely: Dehydration can cause thickening of the mucosa, but dehydration is no the first suspect when looking into a chronic cough. Of course, you could stay hydrated and see if your cough resolves. ...Read more

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What do I do if I had bronchitis and i'm still coughing occasionally after antibiotics 2 months ago?

What do I do if I had bronchitis and i'm still coughing occasionally after antibiotics 2 months ago?

Possibilities...: Sometimes, after the infection of acute bronchitis has resolved, there is residual airway inflammation which, in some patients, results in bronchospasm and coughing. If this is the case with you, bronchodilator and steroid inhalers can be used until this cough completely resolves. So, see your doctor so this regimen can be prescribed once the diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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I had bronchitis & my doc gave antibiotics.Im still coughing occasionally. What should I do now?

I had bronchitis & my doc gave antibiotics.Im still coughing occasionally. What should I do now?

If worsens, M.D.: It is actually quite common to have a mild intermittent cough with a respiratory infection. If you develop prolonged cough, lasting more than three weeks, fever, chills, vomiting or other signs, I would advise seeking medical attention. If you have a history of wheezing, then reactivity of the airway may occur during and following an infection, particularly a viral infection. ...Read more

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I came down with a sudden severe sore throat that is getting more symptomatic. Itchy, painful swallowing and occasional coughing. When getting better?

I came down with a sudden severe sore throat that is getting more symptomatic. Itchy, painful swallowing and occasional coughing. When getting better?

What's the cause?: Your question cannot be answered accurately based on the limited information provided. For instance, it would be helpful to know: your exposures, what does your exam show, what are your underlying risk factors and illnesses that so predispose, do you have untreated GERD with larygo-esophageal reflux, do you smoke...? ...Read more

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Lower back pain, daily "muscle knots" in the back of both shoulders, occasional coughing and throat clearing...What is going on with me?

Lower back pain, daily "muscle knots" in the back of both shoulders, occasional coughing and throat clearing...What is going on with me?

Several different: Things with your symptoms. See your doctor for an evaluation to sort out all of the various symptoms to come up with diagnoses and a treatment plan. ...Read more

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One side, tonsil and throat swollen, hurts to swallow saliva even. No pain med helps, no fever, dry sinuses now, coughing occasionally. Go to doctor?

One side, tonsil and throat swollen, hurts to swallow saliva even. No pain med helps, no fever, dry sinuses now, coughing occasionally. Go to doctor?

Tonsil infection: You probably have an infected tonsil or tonsillith. You have to get checked to make sure you do not have a peritonsillar abscess. See your doctor today or tomorrow to rule this out. Good luck. Feel better! ...Read more

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Why do people cough while eating.Many time and occasionally, which cause embrassment to go out to eat with?

Why do people cough while eating.Many time and occasionally, which cause embrassment to go out to eat with?

GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux disease can certainly cause coughing while eating. Hiatal hernia can cause similar symptoms, as can various other gastric or esophageal diseases. You should see your doc for an evaluation and possible referral to a GI specialist. ...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

Coughing Occasionally (Definition)

Occasional coughing may occur for many reasons, including gastric reflux (heartburn), nasal drip into the back of the ...Read more