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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dry Cough (Overview)

Dry cough is a non-productive cough in which sputum/ phlegm is not expelled.


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Can constant postnasal drip cause dry cough and chest problems?

Can constant postnasal drip cause dry cough and chest problems?

Possibly: There are multiple causes of cough. The most common causes are post nasal drip, asthma, and reflux disease. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
610 Doctors shared insights

Dry Cough (Overview)

Dry cough is a non-productive cough in which sputum/ phlegm is not expelled.


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I have been having both a wet and dry cough for 3 weeks but when I cough I find it hard to breathe and my lips turn a bluish color, what does it mean?

I have been having both a wet and dry cough for 3 weeks but when I cough I find it hard to breathe and my lips turn a bluish color, what does it mean?

It means see doctor!: If you are coughing enough that you are becoming short of breath, the cough is productive, and you've already tried medications (you list mucinex/robitussin/ and antibiotic Amoxicillin in your med list), then you need to see the doctor.

Blue lips can mean poor oxygenation and I'm worried that you say you find it hard to breathe; you really should see someone today, so consider urgent care too. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Daily
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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Can a doctor treat dry cough?

Can a doctor treat dry cough?

Yes...: Possible etiologies of dry, non-productive cough, include bronchospasm from any cause, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of factors. Since all of these have different treatments, your doctor will be needed for diagnosis as well as treatment. If you smoke, smoking cessation is needed to decrease airway inflammation and your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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My son is 9yrs old, he has a very dry cough, I took him to the e.R and they did him an astma treat, what can I give him for the cough.

My son is 9yrs old, he has a very dry cough, I took him to the e.R and they did him an astma treat, what can I give him for the cough.

Appointment M.D.: The cough may be a sign that his asthma is worsening or is not under good control.
Your doctor can provide a peak flow meter for home use and outline his baseline and the signs of distress. In general, an albuterol inhaler is used to quickly relieve asthma symptoms. ...Read more

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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
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Use mild soap when washing your skin
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Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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What's the best thing to take for a dry cough?

What's the best thing to take for a dry cough?

Depends on cause: A dry cough could be a symptom of a variety of different problems including sinusitis, allergies, esophageal reflux, side effect to medications like ace-inhibitors (a class of blood pressure medicine), inhalation of irritants, or congestive heart failure, and many other problems. Best to see your doctor to find and treat the underlying cause of the cough. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for dry, coughing spasms?

What is the treatment for dry, coughing spasms?

Asthma treatment: Cough variant asthma may be what you are describing. Step wise asthma treatment can be helpful with steroid inhalers and bronchodilators. Medical evaluation with breathing tests, xrays, blood tests can check for other causes and help confirm the diagnosis. Of course smoking cessation, avoidance of dust and asthma triggers is helpful. ...Read more

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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Stay hydrated, and use medications to suppress your cough
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Finish all of your antibiotics, even if you are improving or feeling better
Once
Make sure that all of your immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns while you are sick
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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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What can I do to get rid of a dry cough? I've had it about 3-4 weeks now and was on antibiotics for it which has not helped

What can I do to get rid of a dry cough? I've had it about 3-4 weeks now and was on antibiotics for it which has not helped

Cough: Go back and see your doctor. It's common to get a post viral hypersensitivity in the lungs meaning after a viral or bacterial Infection your bronchioles are hypersensitive and respond to any stimulus causing cough. There is medication that can help. ...Read more

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I got a dry cough from taking lisinopril 20mg. How long will it take for this drug to get out of my body from the time I last took it?

I got a dry cough from taking lisinopril 20mg. How long will it take for this drug to get out of my body from the time I last took it?

ACE cough: Your annoying dry cough happens in about 20% of people that take an Ace inhibitor. Lisinopril has a half life of about 12hrs and it takes roughly 5 half lives for a drug to completely clear you system so 60 hours. However, he level of lisinopril should drop below the cough threshold much before that. The cough is usually a class effect so you will likely get it from all other Ace's. ...Read more

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Does coffee triggers dry cough? If a person is already suffering from it

Likely: That is a distinct possibility. Likely mechanism is to increase reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. ...Read more

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Ramipril - how to avoid or lessen Dry Cough???

Ramipril - how to avoid or lessen Dry Cough???

Changing...: If the cough is mild you may try cough meds although these are not good to take for a long period of time. If cough is severe and persistent (which is usually the case) the only way is changing to an alternative medication. You would have to discuss with your doctor in order to have another type of medication prescribed but please don't make any changes until you consult with him/her. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough for two month. It gets better for 10 days when I cough very little like twice or thrice a day and then starts again. Is it chronic?

I have a dry cough for two month. It gets better for 10 days when I cough very little like twice or thrice a day and then starts again. Is it chronic?

Yes...: Any cough lasting for 3 weeks or more is considered chronic. Etiologies include bronchospasm from any cause, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of factors. Treatments for each of these is entirely different so see your doctor so this cough can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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I've had dry cough for a month in a half and at nights I get congested?

I've had dry cough for a month in a half and at nights I get congested?

Cough: Try a cough suppressant like delsyn. You could have allergies causing you to have postnasal drip which will cause you to cough. You could try an antihistamine. See if this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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Whay causes a dry cough?

Possibilities...: Cough, especially chronic cough, can be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, bronchitis or even a combination of these etiologies. Bronchitic cough tends to be productive but the rest can be "dry." if one etiology is left untreated, the person will continue to cough. So, continue to see your doctor so all nessary treatments can be given to resolve your cough. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes a dry cough?

What causes a dry cough?

Possibilities...: Persistent chronic non-productive cough is usually due to bronchospasm (due to any cause), post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. An evaluation by a doctor is needed for diagnosis since these all have different treatments. If you smoke, smoking cessation is needed to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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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?

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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Cold drinks can worsen dry cough?

Cold drinks can worsen dry cough?

No: Never heard of that. However, you should avoid coffee and alcohol when having a throat infection or cough. ...Read more

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What are some causes of dry cough?

What are some causes of dry cough?

Possibilities...: Persistent chronic non-productive cough is usually due to bronchospasm (due to any cause), post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. An evaluation by a doctor is needed for diagnosis since these all have different treatments. If you smoke, smoking cessation is needed to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Why do I have a dry cough everyday?

Why do I have a dry cough everyday?

Possibilities...: Possible etiologies of a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of diagnoses. Since all of these have different treatments, it is important that your doctor evaluates you so the diagnosis can be made and treatment initiated. If you smoke, you need to quit. You doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have dry cough?

What should I do if I have dry cough?

Dry cough: Well, first stop smoking! That should help and if it continues, you need to see your doctor to see if you have damaged your lungs already and need an inhaler. Also, if you are stomach problems, they can make you cough, so really you should see your doctor. ...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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Does dry cough has a cure or medication?

Does dry cough has a cure or medication?

Dextromethorphan: Dry cough can be treated with dextromethorphan - a cough suppressant, and/or an expectorant such as guaifenesin, which will help to loosen a break up a tight dry cough. Often these two ingredients are combined- such as Robitussin-DM or Mucinex dm. ...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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Hi :) I have a dry cough- what can I dó?

Hi :) I have a dry cough- what can I dó?

Grt OTC cough syrup: Get a simple syrup or cough pills for tonight if the only symptom. If other problems present, fever, chest pain or blood in sputum get professional help. ...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 should I take for a dry cough thst on?

Dry cough: It is always better to determine the cause of a symptom rather than simple treating the symptom itself. Seek a doctors advise and undergo an examination for any cough lasting more than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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What medicines should I take for dry cough?

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

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I have dry cough from 1 week how to remove?

I have dry cough from 1 week how to remove?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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


Cough, No Sputum (Non Productive) (Definition)

Cough, no sputum (non-productive) ...Read more