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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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Could you help me my throat hurts and I have a chronic cough?

Could you help me my throat hurts and I have a chronic cough?

Chronic cough: This has to be worked up, it can be nasal allergies, chronic sinusitis or acid reflux. See your primary and they can determine if you need to see an allergist. ...Read more

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This afternoon I took a nap. Before the nap I was fine. When I woke up, I suddenly had pain in my throat when swallowing. I have had a chronic cough f?

This afternoon I took a nap. Before the nap I was fine. When I woke up, I suddenly had pain in my throat when swallowing. I have had a chronic cough f?

Reflux: Chronic cough is often caused by reflux, acid from stomach coming up. Often it is silent and people do not feel it. When the acid get to the throat it gets on/ by the vocal cords causing a cough. Occasional the reflux is more acidic and people feel it. Another cause of chronic cough and throat pain is post nasal drop. Both reflux and post nasal drip are worse with sleep due to lying supine. ...Read more

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I am experiencing spots on throat (quality: white or yellowish spots) and cough (worsened by: lying flat, worse at night) (quality: with phelgm or mucus, chronic cough).

I am experiencing spots on throat (quality: white or yellowish spots) and cough (worsened by: lying flat, worse at night) (quality: with phelgm or mucus, chronic cough).

Chronic cough: Hi
Sorry to hear you're having trouble. If you have chronic cough, which is cough lasting longer than 4-8 weeks, you need to be seen soon by your doctor. There are many causes to chronic cough, many of which are very easy to treat. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Heartburn, chronic cough, a feeling of a "lump in the throat" what could this be? And what to do with it?

Heartburn, chronic cough, a feeling of a "lump in the throat" what could this be? And what to do with it?

Reflux: Probably all related to acid reflux condition. This may require dietary control and medications. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Diagnosis is burned broncials with over use of inhaler for asthma. Now have a dry chronic cough and throat clearing. Is this the wrong diagnosis?

Diagnosis is burned broncials with over use of inhaler for asthma. Now have a dry chronic cough and throat clearing. Is this the wrong diagnosis?

Hard to say: You have not said which inhaler, and there are several types. The overuse of inhalers is a clinical call, based on frequency of use/refills. If you are using it more often than needed or need it more often than expected your treatment plan needs to be updated. Overuse of beta agonists can lead to loss of effectiveness. Proper balance of stabilizer/maintainance inhaler with rescue inhaler is important. ...Read more

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I have had a chronic cough with hard time breathing and clear phlem and wheezing when laying down and then crackiling in throat as well. What is it?

I have had a chronic cough with hard time breathing and clear phlem and wheezing when laying down and then crackiling in throat as well. What is it?

Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more

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Living in Singapore. SOB, Chronic cough, itchy throat in office and home for 1 year. What allergies should I be tested for besides dust, cats, mold?

Living in Singapore. SOB, Chronic cough, itchy throat in office and home for 1 year. What allergies should I be tested for besides dust, cats, mold?

Environmental: Allergens you need to be tested. They cause post nasal drip which makes you cough plus itchy throat. Cold/flu is not associated with itching. There is also a condition known as pollen-fruit or oral allergy syndrome wherein one gets itching mouth/throat from eating certain fruits due to cross-reaction with pollen allergy. Apple, banana, melon, avocado are the more common culprits. ...Read more

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My husband has a chronic cough for least 3 yrs. Had acupuncture, lung biopsy nov 2012 found ipf, throat specialist. Doesn't cough when laying down.

My husband has a chronic cough for least 3 yrs. Had acupuncture, lung biopsy nov 2012 found ipf, throat specialist. Doesn't cough when laying down.

Ipf: Interstitial pulmonary fibrosis can be treated with immunosuppressants, he probably will need to see a pulmonologist at a large referral center, they probably know of ongoing studies on the topic and can guide his treatment. ...Read more

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Positive today for MRSA in my nose very sore throat chronic cough headache puffy sore scalp can this all be related to the spread of untreated mrsa?

Positive today for MRSA in my nose very sore throat chronic cough headache puffy sore scalp can this all be related to the spread of untreated mrsa?

Not likely: Mrsa colonization by itself causes no problems, but puts you at risk for invasive disease if you have major events, like surgery. Mrsa is an aggressive pathogen, so it isn't likely the cause of chronic sore throats or headaches. Unnecessary treatment of MRSA colonization leads to other problems like increased resistance to other antibiotics as well. ...Read more

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Sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and chronic cough. Why, since I'm nonsmoker?

Sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and chronic cough. Why, since I'm nonsmoker?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include bronchospasm, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. Shortness of breath is a serious symptom that always requires evaluation by a doctor. If your shortness of breath is severe, go to the er today! Get an evaluation asap. ...Read more

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I am experiencing fatigue, cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phelgm or mucus, chronic cough) (worse at night), . .. tried robitussin, but it only made it worse. Been going for a week now. Started as as a sore throat?

I am experiencing fatigue, cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, with phelgm or mucus, chronic cough) (worse at night), . .. tried robitussin, but it only made it worse. Been going for a week now. Started as as a sore throat?

Dr. Can check throat: Throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or other virus (antibiotics usually not used), allergies or irritants, sinusitis, stomach reflux when asleep, etc... Usually, one sees the doctor if the throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep and review details to see if laryngitis, bronchitis, etc., are present). ...Read more

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What can I do for a chronic cough for over a month, sore throat for the 2nd time, nasal congestion (stuffiness) and sinus pressure in my cheeks.?

What can I do for a chronic cough for over a month, sore throat for the 2nd time, nasal congestion (stuffiness) and sinus pressure in my cheeks.?

Go see ENT specialis: Most likely you have a diagnosis of Sinusitis. This can lead to post nasal drip causing cough and sore throat. I would advise you to have an examination by a ENT specialist who can then treat you once a proper diagnosis has been established. ...Read more

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I am experiencing headache, runny nose, nasal drainage, sore throat, cough (worsened by: in the evening, at night) (quality: with phlegm or mucus, chronic cough), chest congestion, body aches and sneezing for 2 wks.

I am experiencing headache, runny nose, nasal drainage, sore throat, cough (worsened by: in the evening, at night) (quality: with phlegm or mucus, chronic cough), chest congestion, body aches and sneezing for 2 wks.

Sounds: Like our old" friend" INFLUENZA....Take Tylenol or a NSAID for the fever/aches...drink lots of fluids...REST and if it goes into a third week have a hands on exam by your PCP (Primary Care Provider) WHO SHOULD ALSO KNOW what viruses are active in your community.
Hope this is helpful. FEEL BETTER
Dr Z ...Read more

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I am experiencing nausea (severity: moderate), nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, cough (worsened by: lying flat) (quality: with phelgm or mucus, chronic cough) and wheezing (worsened by: lying flat, during cold or flu). The following also des

I am experiencing nausea (severity: moderate), nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, cough (worsened by: lying flat) (quality: with phelgm or mucus, chronic cough) and wheezing (worsened by: lying flat, during cold or flu). The following also des

Doctor can examine: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to look for strep). Chronic cough and wheezing may be due to disorders like asthma, and needs an exam. ...Read more

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Is it normal for what appears to be 3 cervical vertebrae bulging through the hypo-pharynx wall? Also could this cause a chronic cough?

Is it normal for what appears to be 3 cervical vertebrae bulging through the hypo-pharynx wall? Also could this cause a chronic cough?

Are you looking: At an MRI or lateral xray? Then that may be the normal appearance at the level of the mid/lower cervical spine. If not, further information is needed because it is an implausible scenario. ...Read more

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I am experiencing neck lump or bulge, nasal congestion, cough (quality: chronic cough), ear lump or bulge and mouth lump or bulge.

See below: If you're having cold symptoms, these "bulges" could be swollen lymph nodes from infection. However, if you have that many, I think that warrants a trip to your doctor. ...Read more

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Persistent dry cough. Tickle in throat/chest. 26 year old male non smoker. What are chances of lung cancer?

Persistent dry cough. Tickle in throat/chest. 26 year old male non smoker. What are chances of lung cancer?

Depends on your othe: Fairly unlikely. Most likely post nasal drip, reflux or other benign condition. As persistent see your doc. ...Read more

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What can I do for a tickle in throat that makes me constantly need to cough?

What can I do for a tickle in throat that makes me constantly need to cough?

Consider Papaya: Mild tickle in throat is often related to mild irritation from environmental allergens/irritants. When pain is not severe, consider trying papaya enzyme tablets. They are safe, natural and many of my patients relate symptomatic improvement in throat symptoms. If pain is progressive, persistent or associated with systemic symptoms such as fever, consider seeing your health care provider. ...Read more

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I can't stop coughing have also runny nose and I'm stopped up of morning now have tickle in throat won't stop dry cough?

I can't stop coughing have also runny nose and I'm stopped up of morning now have tickle in throat won't stop dry cough?

Antihistamine: Try OTC Antihistamine like Loratadine etc and keep an eye on the color of secretions if these turn to dark yellow or green you will need Antibiotics. Also try Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM for further symptomatic relief especially if difficulty with bringing up the sputum or significant cough. ...Read more

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I get post nasal drip maybe once a year. Why does a tickle in throat make me want to cough to relieve tickle? I also feel tickle in ear before cough.

I get post nasal drip maybe once a year. Why does a tickle in throat make me want to cough to relieve tickle? I also feel tickle in ear before cough.

Some suggestions: Sometimes fluid behind the ear drum can cause a cough. If you try a lozenge or some honey, it could provide relief.
It is important to review your asthma plan. Virtual consult can be made by appt. ...Read more

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Tickle in throat and cough not very productive. No other symptoms. Treat for allergies with Zyrtec or just guaifenesin for cough? Meds approved by ob

Chest cold/allergy?: Either or both are OK, but if the cough is not productive of yellow or green mucus, you are probably fine just using Zyrtec. It is always best to minimize pharmacologic medications during pregnancy, but getting proper rest is also important, so use these with some discretion. ...Read more

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I had 2 chest x-ray days apart and blood test x-rays are clear they listen sound clear they found nothing I have tickle in throat with little cough?

I had 2 chest x-ray days apart and blood test x-rays are clear they listen sound clear they found nothing I have tickle in throat with little cough?

Question?: I presume you are asking for a diagnosis of the cause of tickle and cough. The chest X-rays & exam of the lungs are normal, as expected, since the problem is likely in your throat. Did anyone check a throat swab? Have you tried warm salt/sugar water gargles? If symptoms persist, see an ENT, but most of the time, it's viral or allergic causes that lead to these symptoms & it goes away on its own. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Chronic Cough (Definition)

Chronic cough = persistently expelling air from lungs ...Read more