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Doctor insights on: Constant Tickle In Throat Cough

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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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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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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

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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

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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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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 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

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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

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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

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