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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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I'm experiencing a bad dry cough; and few timesi have wet cough with mucus. I am taking a cough suppressant. Can I take also Mucinex (guaifenesin) for mucus?

Certainly: You can take Mucinex (guaifenesin) along with a cough suppressant. Just make sure it does not have an expectorant in the ingredients already. Also drink plenty of liquids - warm or hot preferably to help thin out the thick mucus clogging up your airways. ...Read more

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My daughter has a very dry cough. Today is day 5. No fever. We've been giving her children's mucinex (guaifenesin). But the cough has progressively gone worse...

My daughter has a very dry cough. Today is day 5. No fever. We've been giving her children's mucinex (guaifenesin). But the cough has progressively gone worse...

Cough: Progressively worsening cough, even with no fever, would be a good reason to see your pediatrician. A complete examination and a detailed cough history would help to make a proper diagnosis and provide treatment as needed. Is the cough consistent? Worse at certain times of day? Anything help cough or make cough worse? Many times cough does not actually come from a problem in the lungs. ...Read more

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Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm vs. Robitussin dm? I've got a very bad, "dry" cough and lots of "wheezing" the Robitussin has done nothing! Should I try the mucinex (guaifenesin)?

Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm vs. Robitussin dm? I've got a very bad, "dry" cough and lots of "wheezing" the Robitussin has done nothing! Should I try the mucinex (guaifenesin)?

Cough: Robitussin dm (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) and Mucinex dm have same chemicals- dextromethorphan and guaifenesin. Dextromethorphan is cough suppressant and Guaifenesin is cough expectorant. You just will be switching the brand. Wheezing is large airway obstruction problem. See your doctor. ...Read more

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For the last few days I have had a dry cough I work with sewage could this have anything to do with it?

For the last few days I have had a dry cough I work with sewage could this have anything to do with it?

Could be related: If you think your health issues are connected to your work environment you need to report this to your boss and be evaluated by an occupational medicine doctor. ...Read more

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How does a chest rub work? I'm almost cured from my dry cough. No Medici e worked except the rub! How?! It's external and not internal taken!! Thanks

Chest Rub for cough: Chest rubs are usually mentholated compounds that are applied topically to chest and throat and are intended for temporary relief of cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation associated with the common cold. This works by inhalation of the vapors, similar to aromatherapy. Its non-sedating and a good alternative for children and diabetics (no sugar). It does not cure any pathology. ...Read more

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Congestion with dry cough getting worse, put in ammoxicillian didn't work now on pak, not helping, ?

Congestion with dry cough getting worse, put in ammoxicillian didn't work now on pak, not helping, ?

Allergy?: These symptoms may represent allergy. You probably should be evaluated for allergy since the treatment is different and antibiotics are not indicated. See your doctor again! ...Read more

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Please tell me what can you take for dry cough besides halls while at work that won't make you sleepy or drowsy?

Please tell me what can you take for dry cough besides halls while at work that won't make you sleepy or drowsy?

Cough: Unfortunately most (prescribed by physicians) cough suppressants have sedative effects. The 'Dayquil and Nightquil' popular OTC brands have enough alcohol, a bad idea. Try some cardamom seeds (slowly suck for 3 - 10 minutes). Also make sure the person is not on medications hat can induce cough (ACE inhibitors). If still not better see physician to exclude also asthma. ...Read more

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I have OSA and use APAP. While away at work in hospital I have dry cough all night. I Come home and use my APAP and coughing goes away. What is it.

I have OSA and use APAP. While away at work in hospital I have dry cough all night. I Come home and use my APAP and coughing goes away. What is it.

Chronic cough, OSA: The field of chronic cough is entering into an exciting phase with identification of airway receptors that mediate cough reflex in a wide variety of conditions and the ability to monitor cough and link it to potential etiologies. OSA can impact multiple aspects of upper and lower airway structure and function that can potentially lead to lowered cough sensitivity and/or perpetuation of cough. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough which mainly occurs at work, where no windows open, and the aircon is rubbish. Job is telemarketing, is there a connection?

I have a dry cough which mainly occurs at work, where no windows open, and the aircon is rubbish. Job is telemarketing, is there a connection?

Probably related: The dry cough could be from a few reasons. Your workplace air may be too dry for you, causing a cough, it could cause a postnasal drip to occur making you cough, it could also be due to something in the air that you may be allergic to, also causing a cough. Another possibility is the job itself. Talking for hours can irritate your throat causing your cough. There are likely other possibilities. ...Read more

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I had a dry cough that I can't get rid of they said it was asid reflex I taken all kinds of cough syurps cough drops nothing works?

I had a dry cough that I can't get rid of they said it was asid reflex I taken all kinds of cough syurps cough drops nothing works?

Yes.: Allergy, ace type BP med, reflux disease are responsible. See pmd. Can try double dose otc Prilosec or zantac (ranitidine) in interim. ..... ...Read more

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I have difficult breathing attacks dry cough it feels heavy in my chest. When I eat it gets worse. Got antibiotics but didn't work. What could it be?

I have difficult breathing attacks dry cough it feels heavy in my chest. When I eat it gets worse. Got antibiotics but didn't work. What could it be?

Cannot diagnose: This sounds serious and demands a thorough evaluation, beginning with a full medical history, physical exam and probably imaging studies and possibly labs. If you are having any difficulty in breathing you should be seen by a doctor asap. Do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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Mom has persistent mild dry cough mostly at home. Coughs up to 5-8 times a day. 46 yr, non smoker. Works in cold warehouse. Very worried about cancer?

Mom has persistent mild dry cough mostly at home. Coughs up to 5-8 times a day. 46 yr, non smoker. Works in cold warehouse. Very worried about cancer?

Cough: Cold air is drying to airway. Need to drinks at least 2 quarts of clear fluids per day, wear scarf to keep neck warm. If non-smoker and exposed to carcinogens, cancer unlikely. Get chest x-ray if symptoms persist. If any wheezing, should see her PCP. ...Read more

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Dry cough inhalers don't work for coughing. Had asthma up to age 5.cough ever less then a min can't control it. Worse at night feel like throw up to.

Dry cough inhalers don't work for coughing. Had asthma up to age 5.cough ever less then a min can't control it. Worse at night feel like throw up to.

Mgt/workup: Your asthma may be uncontrolled or there is another cause of your cough. If your parent gives permission, I can review your asthma plan by appointment at :

healthtap. Com/DosanjhMD
Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Had a dry cough for bout a week. Not cold or allergy. Post nasal drip & cough worse in AM. Could it be from sleeping w/fans in room or AC @work?

Had a dry cough for bout a week. Not cold or allergy. Post nasal drip & cough worse in AM. Could it be from sleeping w/fans in room or AC @work?

Inflamed airways: Both upper, nasal passages/sinuses, and lower, bronchi, giving you these symptoms. Need to see your doctor / allergist, yes you can have allergies manifesting this way. Meanwhile, use saline nasal washes. Fans in the room /AC @ work won't cause it, but just trigger the symptoms. Check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, best wishes ...Read more

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Its hard to breathe out easier to breathe in, I have a dry cough, pressure in my chest. I use inhaler but it works after an hour or so. Is it asthma?

Its hard to breathe out easier to breathe in, I have a dry cough, pressure in my chest. I use inhaler but it works after an hour or so. Is it asthma?

Smoking related?: You may have asthma, and/or be affected by your smoking. First, try quitting smoking and see if that makes a difference. You can also see your primary care provider or a lung specialist and have a test called spirometry, which can measure your lung capacity and make a diagnosis of asthma, if that is what you have. ...Read more

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I'm having a dry cough, and runny nose and it feels like my chest is congested. Is this a common cold? Will OTC medicine work?

I'm having a dry cough, and runny nose and it feels like my chest is congested. Is this a common cold? Will OTC medicine work?

Common Cold: If your dry cough persists for a while (4-6 weeks) this could be secondary to inflammation in your upper airway or lungs subsequent to the common cold viruses or post nasal drip syndrome, in both these cases a short course of inhaled broncho dilators like albuterol might be useful (this is not OTC). Try steam inhalation, it provides symptomatic relief. ...Read more

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Dry cough clearing throat most of the day at work and out side when I take zyrtec (cetirizine) it works for about 6 hours what can else u can do what's causin?

Mgt: Determining the possible triggers, avoiding the triggers including smoke will help to control the symptoms.
Nasal and rinses with saline may also relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Since winter mom has had dry cough to point hard to breath and loses voice- chest xray negative- breathing treatments in ER work- had now for 3 months, could something serious be wrong?

Since winter mom has had dry cough to point hard to breath and loses voice- chest xray negative- breathing treatments in ER work- had now for 3 months, could something serious be wrong?

Consider a few..: I see this frequently in the rough winters where I practice. Many older people become more sensitive to the cold temperatures, causing bronchospasm in the lungs and therefore coughing when exposed to the cold. Also, the extreme dryness of the air can contribute to this and cause more coughing. Try a cool air humidifier in the rooms she is inhabiting. These are a couple of possibilities to consider. ...Read more

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My 7 year old son has had a chronic dry cough for about 2 1/2 months. I gave him singular did not work, he had chest xrays all good, lungs sound great, they did a "whooping cough test" negative. Cough meds do not work. No fever, acts like a healthy 7 year

The: The cause of a chronic cough can be a very tricky problem to figure out in kids or adults. Common causes include:

-asthma
-gastro-esophageal reflux
-allergies
-chronic sinusitis
-pertussis (whooping cough)
-habit cough
-pneumonia or other infectious cause such as tuberculosis

it looks like your son's doctor has been doing a good job thinking of these problems and trying to rule out each one with the tests and medication trials they have been suggesting. Most of these problems will cause coughing all night as well as during the day except for habit cough. I've attached a website with some information on habit cough which is very common in kids. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have bronchitis without wheezing and dry cough. Started out wed night, nausea, tight throat. Then sore throat and dizziness. Threw up left work went home, chills that night, next morning, whole body aches, epecially head, chest, hard

Yes,: Yes, you can have bronchitis without wheezing. Bronchitis means that the "bronchioles", the smaller tubes in your lungs, are inflammed. That occurs with viral or bacterial conditions. If your symptoms are worsening, or if you have fever, worsening cough, or any shortness of breath, you will have to be seen again immediately for a re-evaluation. ...Read more

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How do you cure dry cough?

How do you cure dry cough?

Depends on cause: Treating a dry cough depends on the cause, all the while remembering that cough is a symptom not a disease. Dry cough can occur due to allergies, exposure to dust, fumes and chemicals, asthma, bronchospasm, viral URI and medications such as ace inhibitors.
Avoid the irritant, treat the asthma and bronchospasm, switch the offending medicine and use antihistamines for allergy control. ...Read more

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How can you stop a dry cough?

How can you stop a dry cough?

Tips: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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How to recover from dry cough?

How to recover from dry cough?

Dry cough: The best way to treat or recover from a cough is to find the underlying cause or reason for the cough so it can be treated. Also, "voice rest" which means no raising voice, singing, cheering, yelling etc, so the area of the larynx can heal. If a cough persists, it is important to be assessed by an allergist, ENT doctor or pulmonologist to identify the trigger and offer specific treatment. ...Read more

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What do I take for a dry cough?

What do I take for a dry cough?

Need diagnosis first: Possible causes of a chronic cough include bronchospasm of any etiology, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of 2 or more of these diagnoses. Treatment depends on the etiology which often requires testing for precise diagnosis. See your doctor so proper diagnosis of your cough can be determined and treatment can be rendered. Quit smoking if you are smoking. Your doctor can help w/this, too. ...Read more

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What is good for very dry cough?

What is good for very dry cough?

Good for dry cough: Treatment of the cause of the cough is your best option.
Head elevation can be very useful to alleviate disruptive night time cough. If you have asthma, COPD or allergies, make sure they are well controlled.
Cough medications are at best a temporary, last resort. ...Read more

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What medicine to take for a dry cough?

What medicine to take for a dry cough?

Better c ur doctor: Dry cough can be a symptom for several disorders, and if OTC medications aren't helping, better see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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I have a dry cough and feel very week?

I have a dry cough and feel very week?

Cough with weakness: There are many causes of dry cough, and at least 12 that could cause both weakness and dry cough together. As it is the season of RSV and influenza, as well as pertussis etc get checked for a treatable infection first. As you are 32 years old the other potential causes are less likely, but serious. Let your doctor know how long you've been feeling poorly, and any other associated symptoms. ...Read more

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What medicine to take for a dry cough?

What medicine to take for a dry cough?

Depends on the cause: There are many potential causes for a cough but the more common ones include post-nasal drips, post-viral infection etc. The list goes on. Need to see a doctor to find out. Unless you know the cause, using a cough suppressant on a long term basis is not recommended. ...Read more

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What meds cause unproductive dry cough?

What meds cause unproductive dry cough?

Some BP meds: A common cause of cough due medication is a class of medication used for lowering blood pressure called ace-inhibitors, such as lisonopril. ...Read more

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I suffer from dry cough from last 15days?

I suffer from dry cough from last 15days?

Doctor can examine: A person who has over two weeks of cough should see a doctor. The doctor can evaluate to see if there is allergies, asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, pertussis, pneumonia, or perhaps another problem in the throat or chest. Problems can be more serious if the person is a smoker or has other health problems. Smoking is a major risk factor for several lung diseases, including cancer. ...Read more

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I have this dry cough that won't go away?

Bronchospasm.....: The possible etioligies of a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any etiology, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Bronchospasm can be due to allergy, chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD usually due to smoking or an acute infection of the airways (usually results in an acute cough). See your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed since treatment depends on the precise diagnosis. ...Read more

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What medicines should I take for dry cough?

Consult a physician.: Dry cough can be due to multiple reasons like allergies, acid reflux and side effect of certain medication such as ace inhibitors and should be treated accordingly. ...Read more

Mucinex (Definition)

Guaifenesin is a cough suppressant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Dry Cough (Definition)

Dry cough is a non-productive cough in which sputum/ ...Read more