Top
30
Doctor insights on: Constant Tickle In Throat Cough

Share
Dr. Sue Ferranti
3,596 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
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

3

3
There's this tickling feeling in the back of my throat and i constantly cough! How to cure this?

There's this tickling feeling in the back of my throat and i constantly cough! How to cure this?

Antihistamines: The most common reason for having a throat tickle is allergy. You may or may not have runny/itchy eyes & nose with sneezing; but it is worth a try. Daily, non-sedating claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec, or Allegra should do the trick. This may be a seasonal thing, or may be year round. If it is more of a constant thing, then switch your daily antihistamine every 2-3 months to maintain the effect. ...Read more

4

4
Getting tingling sensation in throat more on left side causing cough and throw up after every meal. Constantly clearing throat. Please advice?

Getting tingling sensation in throat more on left side causing cough and throw up after every meal. Constantly clearing throat. Please advice?

Reflux: You are experiencing reflux. Eat smaller meals and do not drink so much water at one time. Avoid acidic foods. Try Zantac (ranitidine) or Prilosec over the counter twice a day and you will be feeling better soon. Feel better! ...Read more

5

5
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

6

6
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

7

7
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

8

8
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

9

9
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

11

11
I have a tickling throat that makes me cough. This happens every night so what I can do about it?

Antacids: The most common causes of cough in adult include esophageal reflux and asthma/allergies. You can start by trying an antacid. If that works, then reflux is causing your cough. Also, be sure you don't have obstructive sleep apnea, which would wake you up coughing. ...Read more

12

12
Is it possible for cough drops to irritate your throat and cause tickling if overused?

Is it possible for cough drops to irritate your throat and cause tickling if overused?

Avoid menthol: Menthol which is in most drops, feels good and cool at first. But it is drying to the mucosa and will dry your irritated throat. So use glycerin instead. Or black currant. Or pectin containing drops. ...Read more

14

14
Tickling throat that makes me cough happens every night. How do I get rid of this?

Tickling throat that makes me cough happens every night. How do I get rid of this?

? reflux: If this only happens every night when you lay down to go to bed — this sound like it is most likely being caused by gastroesophageal reflux. Would probably be helped most by seeing an ENT doc to look down your throat to see — and if the appearance of your vocal corsds confirms this possibility, then seeing a gastoenterologist for complete work-up and treatment. ...Read more

15

15
My throat has been bothering me for a couple days. There is no pain, just tickling when I clear my throat, a cough and a scratchy voice. Any ideas?

My throat has been bothering me for a couple days. There is no pain, just tickling when I clear my throat, a cough and a scratchy voice. Any ideas?

Inflammation: This could just be inflammation which is usually caused by post-nasal drip whether you can feel it or not. Try rinsing your nose with saline solution using a sinus rinse bottle. Neil-med makes one that works well and can be found in most drug stores and grocery stores. ...Read more

16

16
Phlegm in back of throat sometimes it feels like something tickling in my throat and sometimes it makes me cough and doesn't go away slight heaache?

Phlegm in back of throat sometimes it feels like something tickling in my throat and sometimes it makes me cough and doesn't go away slight heaache?

Throat problems: Your problems sound as if you need to see a ENT physician. You need to have your throat, lower esophagus, vocal cords and sinuses evaluated to see if a cause for your symptoms can be found and treated. Good luck. ...Read more

17

17
I have been coughing brown mucus as well as tingling sensation in my chest and throat when I breathe. My cough hurts as well. Is there anything wrong?

I have been coughing brown mucus as well as tingling sensation in my chest and throat when I breathe. My cough hurts as well. Is there anything wrong?

See a doctor: Yes, it sounds like you have a respiratory infection. Given the brown mucus and effects on breathing, it is recommended you follow-up with your physician for further assessment. ...Read more

18

18
I got a 101 fever about 2 weeks ago. That went away after a day but now I have had a dry/slightly phlegmy cough and tingling in my throat ever since.

I got a 101 fever about 2 weeks ago. That went away after a day but now I have had a dry/slightly phlegmy cough and tingling in my throat ever since.

Not sure what your: Question is, but it sounds like you should see your doctor to be examined and diagnosed, so that you can be treated properly and get better. ...Read more

19

19
I've had a bad cough for about 2 weeks now the cough has improved but now I get a painful burning/tingling itch in my throat that causes me to gag/cry?

I've had a bad cough for about 2 weeks now the cough has improved but now I get a painful burning/tingling itch in my throat that causes me to gag/cry?

Allergy / infection?: Is it dry cough? That could be as an allergic reaction to meds of foods, if there are mucus,then it could be a slight chest and throat infection that may need antibiotics and meds to loosen mucus. ...Read more

20

20
It's been a week, I have a sore throat on off, and little dry and irritation ... Sometime cough at night with sudden tingling ... Kindly advice?

It's been a week, I have a sore throat on off, and little dry and irritation ... Sometime cough at night with sudden tingling ... Kindly advice?

Dr. can check throat: Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are 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 check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more

21

21
Have a pain under my left shoulder blade that hurts when I cough or clear throat.the pain radiates down arm with little finger tingling?

Have a pain under my left shoulder blade that hurts when I cough or clear throat.the pain radiates down arm with little finger tingling?

Pinched nerve: Because patients having cardiac problems can have these symptoms, you should have this ruled out. But the most common cause is an irritation of a nerve in the neck by a bone spur or herniation that can cause pain or numbness that runs down the arm into the hand. An MRI can usually show the cause of the problem if it does not resolve. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

22

22
Why do I have chronic back pain in my spine neck shoulders tingling and twitching of my toe on my left side and it hurts when I cough?

Why do I have chronic back pain in my spine neck shoulders tingling and twitching of my toe on my left side and it hurts when I cough?

Back ; Neck?: Sounds like you have both neck problems that may be contributing to your shoulders and back problems causing your toes to tingle. Recommend seeing a spine specialist to evaluate these options further. ...Read more

23

23
I have milk layer in mouth, body pain , stiff neck , some times tingling feeling in body, no fever or cough for almost 1 month. Any suggestions?

I have milk layer in mouth, body pain , stiff neck , some times tingling feeling in body, no fever or cough for almost 1 month. Any suggestions?

Does not sound good: The "milk layer" in your mouth suggests thrush (fungus) and this is not a good sign in adult unless specific cause is known such as recent antibiotic and/or steroid/inhaler use etc. Immunosuppressive state such as HIV is a cause of concern. Since you have symptoms for about 1 month now, it is time to consult doc to find out what is causing your trouble. Good luck. ...Read more

24

24
Started taking 25 mg of Luvox 5 days ago and have been experiencing tightness in chest, neck, shoulder and back ache, cough, numbness and tingling in arms. Woke up first night and had sudden neck pain and squeezing in chest. Has been more mild since ?

Started taking 25 mg of Luvox 5 days ago and have been experiencing tightness in chest, neck, shoulder and back ache, cough, numbness and tingling in arms. Woke up first night and had sudden neck pain and squeezing in chest. Has been more mild since ?

UnpleasantSideEffect: All these symptoms started after you started taking Luvox.That means you are not able to tolerate the drug.I will call the prescribing doctor/psychiatrist and discuss your symptoms and may be a change of medication ...Read more

25

25
I have a cough from a cold, & since I woke up I haven't stopped coughing. There's a constant tickle in the back of my throat. Could this be serious?

I have a cough from a cold, & since I woke up I haven't stopped coughing. There's a constant tickle in the back of my throat. Could this be serious?

Doctor can check: A person who cannot stop coughing needs to be evaluated and treated, by her doctor. Coughing should not be nonstop. Her doctor can examine her to see if there is something wrong in her throat, such as an unusual swelling. Her doctor can check the lungs to see if there is bronchospasm (which can be helped by inhalers), or any croupy barky symptoms. ...Read more

26

26
I'm snowed in and in the 4th day of an extreme sore throat, cough and possible fever. Swallowing is very painful, and the cough is constant tickle?

I'm snowed in and in the 4th day of an extreme sore throat, cough and possible fever. Swallowing is very painful, and the cough is constant tickle?

HealthTap Prime...: If you connect with one of the HealthTap physicians in your area, you can discuss this in some detail over HealthTap Prime or through the Concierge service. A severe sore throat with trouble swallowing and fever should have abscess of tonsils or strep throat ruled out. Abscess tends to be pain and swelling more on one side. Antibiotics may be needed in your case, but this could also be viral. ...Read more

27

27
Tickle in throat but can't even breathe anymore?

Tickle in throat but can't even breathe anymore?

Viral syndrome: It sounds as if you've contracted a viral syndrome. These are usually self-limiting but if your symptoms get worse, see your doctor. ...Read more

30

30
Feel a lump sensation and tickle in throat. Could it be due to allergies?

Feel a lump sensation and tickle in throat. Could it be due to allergies?

It's possible: Food allergies can lead to throat itching and swelling that may feel like a lump within minutes to hours after ingesting a food a person is allergic to. Other possibilities are post nasal drip from environmental allergies or possibly from sinus infection drainage. If symptoms improve with antihistamine that is suggestive of allergy. If persists or worsens, a doctor can help sort it out. ...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