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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
609 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
Once
Use mild soap when washing your skin
Once
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
Once
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
Once
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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

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