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My son has a chronic cough and we have been told he has reactive airways. How can we be sure it is not something else?

My son has a chronic cough and we have been told he has reactive airways. How can we be sure it is not something else?

Multiple causes: Multiple causes are definitely possible. If there is reflux and aspiration into the lung, this may cause or contribute to reactivity of the airway. Infections, cold air, exercise and allergen exposure may also trigger reactivity of the airway. Your doctor may determine that additional testing or treatment is necessary. A TB test may be performed at your physician's office to rule out TB infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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Is it possible to have Bronchitis with no phlegm or chronic cough? I just feel like my airways are swollen and it's hard to breath. Going on 1 week.

Is it possible to have Bronchitis with no phlegm or chronic cough?  I just feel like my airways are swollen and it's hard to breath.  Going on 1 week.

YES!: and a "non-productive" bronchitis usually is "asking" for more FLUIDS both by mouth and via vaporizer to make it PRODUCTIVE (eg WET!) that's half the way to "curing" the problem! WET IT! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...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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How do you clear a chronic post nasal drip and throat cough 6 weeks after a cold?

How do you clear a chronic  post nasal drip and throat cough 6 weeks after a cold?

See a doctor: After six weeks time you msy have a chronic sinus infection that should be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Chronic morning cough which feels like the throat tightening. When on vacation my husband never has this cough. Is it linked to anxiety?

Chronic morning cough which feels like the throat tightening. When on vacation my husband never has this cough. Is it linked to anxiety?

Few possibilities: Chronic sore throat is usually one of a few different things. Allergies causing a post nasal drip. Acid reflux can cause this as well. Make sure you are not laying down after eating. Thirst usually depends on your water intake and electrolyte balance. I would keep track of your diet and water intake in a diary and show that to your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of thick phlegm in my throat that is quite difficult to cough up as it is so thick , it is a chronic persistent problem?

Mucinex, (guaifenesin) MD: Thick phlegm can be thinned out with something like a mucinex, (guaifenesin) which can be found at most drug stores. However, if this is a chronic problem, you should visit an md to determine what the root cause of the phlegm is: reflux, allergies, post-nasal drip, or lung issues. Productive cough is a particular symptom that is concerning. Long term treatment of the originating problem will help you long-term. ...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

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