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Is dry cough an HIV symptom?

Is dry cough an HIV symptom?

No, not usually: Hiv can be associated with any symptom, including a dry cough. However, a cough is very nonspecific, meaning that it can be due to a variety of causes. It is more likely to be associated with common things like a cold or flu. If you are concerned about HIV infection, the best thing to do is to get tested for hiv. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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Dry cough is one of the symptoms of HIV infection (mentioned in so many websites) but here, doctors say that it cannot be a symptom for HIV.pls xplain?

Dry cough is one of the symptoms of HIV infection (mentioned in so many websites) but here, doctors say that it cannot be a symptom for HIV.pls xplain?

Depends: In dry cough, HIV infection will be at the bottom of the list of potential diagnosis. Your smoking is more likely the cause and you should consider stopping it even if it does not turn out to be the cause for your cough. ...Read more

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Dry cough for more than 3 weeks, no fever or sore throat. Could this be an early symptom of hiv?

Dry cough for more than 3 weeks, no fever or sore throat. Could this be an early symptom of hiv?

Dry cough: It can be from chronic sinusitis, acid reflux or asthma, and many other things, you need to have it checked. Hiv is low on the list in the absence of other systemic symptoms. ...Read more

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Low HIV exposure 1m ago. Symptoms chronologically : persistent mild to high fever(10d)->swollen lymph gland->strep throat->dry cough. Can this be HIV?

Low HIV exposure 1m ago. Symptoms chronologically : persistent mild to high fever(10d)->swollen lymph gland->strep throat->dry cough. Can this be HIV?

Acute HIV: Your symptoms are nonspecific and could simply suggest a viral syndrome. However, these are also symptoms of acute HIV seroconversion, and if you had a risk exposure (not sure what you mean by "low") then you should definitely get tested. ...Read more

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Dry cough is it HIV related?

Dry cough is it HIV related?

Probably Not: Unless you are HIV+ and have developed AIDS with a very low T-cell count. A simple HIV test will help. Speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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Does the HIV dry cough have mucus?

Does the HIV dry cough have mucus?

Cough: The productive nature of the cough is related to the cause. The status of your HIV can increase the likelihood that your cough is due to an opportunistic infection and not just to you having hiv. ...Read more

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How long does dry cough last when hiv infected?

How long does dry cough last when hiv infected?

Irrelevant: Dry cough can be a symptom for a multitude of conditions, having HIV in particular doesn't have a direct bearing on the duration of the symptom, rather the original condition that is causing the cough. Your treating doctor is better suited to answer your question in the context of what condition is being treated, good luck ...Read more

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What is the cause of a chronic dry cough and flue in a patient who is HIV positive but started ARV therapy and their cd4 is normal.what is the best tr?

What is the cause of a chronic dry cough and flue in a patient who is HIV positive but started ARV therapy and their cd4 is normal.what is the best tr?

Mgt workup: There are several possible associated conditions with the symptoms described. I would suggest an evaluation to include a chest radiograph and repeat serial testing of his CD4 count. ...Read more

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I had a cold prior protected sex & afterwards, cough since. Is a month-long dry cough with rare productive clear, white mucus symptomatic of STD/HIV?

I had a cold prior protected sex & afterwards, cough since. Is a month-long dry cough with rare productive clear, white mucus symptomatic of STD/HIV?

Not HIV or other STD: No STD causes cough, nasal congestion, or other cold symptoms. Neither does HIV. Acute HIV symptoms, when they occur, are sore throat, headache, muscle aches, inflamed lymph nodes, and rash -- but not cough, runny nose, sinus symptoms, etc. Almost certainly you just have a cold or allergy, not related to any sexual exposure (unless your partner also had a cold). No worries, no need for testing! ...Read more

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I have HIV negtive results after 4, 9 and 12 weeks .i have white toung make me thirsty? Dry cough and dry hand. Burning feet and hand when sleep.

I have HIV negtive results after 4, 9 and 12 weeks .i have white toung make me thirsty? Dry cough and dry hand. Burning feet and hand when sleep.

Not HIV: You are not HIV+ so that isn't it. Even if you did contract HIV today it could take years for your symptoms to develop. So all these unrelated symptoms are something else. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have slight thrush on tongue, sinusitis, and slight rash on my armpits, dry cough, but I think it may be allergies from pollen? herpes or hiv????

I have slight thrush on tongue, sinusitis, and slight rash on my armpits, dry cough, but I think it may be allergies from pollen? herpes or hiv????

Lowered resistance.: Thrush can be seen in generally healthy individuals who become ill with a viral infection, like mono or viral pneumonia or from antibiotics or use of inhaled corticosteroid iinhalers without rinsing the mouth. Herpes is more likely to give a cluster of red papules like a cold sore. Get Rx for the thrush. Always wise to get hiv test if you have had unprotected sex, especially if thrush persists. ...Read more

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5 min Protectd sex with Asian massage girl 1wk ago. Didnt release. wet/dry cough for several days and mouth sore for 2 day inside lip near teeth. Hiv?

HIV: HIV has a longer incubation period than 1 week. Glad it was protected however I would get screened for STDs. Symptoms could be cold/flu with cold sore BUT get tested so see your MD ASAP. ...Read more

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Unprotected sex 10 months ago. Dry cough dry itchy skin. Red bumps on thighs. White tongue. Cuts won't heal. Athletes foot. Nail changes Oral hiv neg?

Unprotected sex 10 months ago.  Dry cough dry itchy skin. Red bumps on thighs. White tongue. Cuts won't heal. Athletes foot. Nail changes Oral hiv neg?

HIV: Sounds like you're having some pretty common health annoyances & are worried they're due to HIV. First, the chance of of getting HIV from 1 encounter is very low (1 in 1250 exposures for vaginal penetration). The oral HIV tests are pretty accurate (about 92%) but to be extra sure and give you peace of mind, call your gyn or PCP to get a blood test. It's quick and confidential. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had protected sex weeks ago. After, cough with mucus, sore throat & loss of voice. Coworker in office had same. Now runny nose & dry cough. Cold/HIV?

Had protected sex weeks ago. After, cough with mucus, sore throat & loss of voice. Coworker in office had same. Now runny nose & dry cough. Cold/HIV?

Sounds like a cold.: By the description of your symptoms, I would presume that your symptoms would be due to an upper respiratory infection, either viral or bacterial, and would likely have no direct link to the relations you had weeks ago. That being said, if the symptoms have been going on for weeks, then you should see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can persistent fever, dry cough, sore throat, mucus in the throat, NO nose stuffing + swollen lymph gland on right side of neck be an HIV infection?

Can persistent fever, dry cough, sore throat, mucus in the throat, NO nose stuffing + swollen lymph gland on right side of neck be an HIV infection?

Very unlikely: It is much more likely to be a common viral infection or Strep. Tobacco use will make the problem worse and prolong the issue. ...Read more

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I popped kissed a stranger on the mouth, 4 days later got a sore throat, dry cough, green mucus from nose, sneezing. Could I have gotten HIV/STD?

NO: HIV is a pure STD and this sounds like a bacterial culture ( possibly stept or staff/mixed infection ). You must be cultured to rule out oral/pharyngeal gonorrhea. ...Read more

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This past 2 weeks my 10week old baby coughed 2 times it was like a (dry cough then a pause & again 1more cough)can it be a symptom of serious disease?

This past 2 weeks my 10week old baby coughed 2 times it was like a (dry cough then a pause & again 1more cough)can it be a symptom of serious disease?

Air pollution: A newborn will react with cough and sneezing when any irritant triggers the response. This is commonly things as simple as a woman's perfume,fragrances from a plug in or freshly laundered linen, smoke, dust, etc.If you can smell it it can make baby sneeze.Regular rinsing of the nose with saline will help. ...Read more

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I had a cold like 2 weeks ago, but it's gone. The only symptom I have now is a dry cough that won't go away! What can it be? Plus mucus in my nose!

I had a cold like 2 weeks ago, but it's gone. The only symptom I have now is a dry cough that won't go away! What can it be? Plus mucus in my nose!

Mgt: If the cough persists for three or more weeks, a follow up visit is advised.
Typically upper respiratory tract infections may take two weeks to resolve. Sometimes there can be prolonged inflammation or bronchospasm.
Additionally, you may be developing a sinus infection, monitor your temperature and rinse with nasal saline to control symptoms. ...Read more

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I am experiencing persistent dry cough since the past two weeks . I have tried war water gargling and take Nyquil Cough suppressant , but the symptom is not improving. Should I see doctor now?

I am experiencing persistent dry cough since the past two weeks . I have tried war water gargling and take Nyquil Cough suppressant , but the symptom is not improving. Should I see  doctor now?

You're getting close: Dry coughs are a little less worrisome than productive coughs (when you cough up plegm/sputum...or even blood!) Dry coughs are associated with viral illness, sinus issues, smoking, allergies, asthma, lung irritants, medications, reflux. Really emphasize hydration: water, hot drinks, steamy showers, humidifiers. Use lozenges. Most experts say adults can watch a dry cough for 4-8 weeks before eval. ...Read more

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My fren hv dry cough like asthma, difficulty in breathing, mucous in throat.Symptom for more than 2 weeks. Plz advise. Thanks?

My fren hv dry cough like asthma, difficulty in breathing, mucous in throat.Symptom for more than 2 weeks. Plz advise. Thanks?

LPR: Laryngopharyngeal reflux (lpr) is often mistaken for asthma, even by physicians. Throat swelling caused by small amts. Of stomach acids can cause swelling in the area around the opening to the lungs. This may result in a dry cough, hoarseness, or promlems breathing-in. Asthma causes problems getting air out of your lungs and wheezing is heard breathing out. See a doc for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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My post BD test showed small airway obstruction. My dr Rx Advair & treat it asthma. Only symptom is 6-month-long chronic dry cough. Could this be related to lung nodules previously found on CT instead of asthma?

My post BD test showed small airway obstruction. My dr Rx Advair & treat it asthma. Only symptom is 6-month-long chronic dry cough. Could this be related to lung nodules previously found on CT instead of asthma?

Mgt.: It would be helpful to know the actual percent predicted values on the PFTs report, but from your description you did improve with the bronchodilator. Your physician has prescribed a long acting bronchodilator and anti inflammatory agent. The CT finding of nodules, may be related to a number of conditions, but it would be less usual for asthma. A chest radiograph and follow up may be indicated. ...Read more

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Is allerga effective at reducing dry cough symptoms?

Is allerga effective at reducing dry cough symptoms?

It would probably: make a dry cough worse,by drying you out even more.. you need guaifenesin which moistens cough and may make it better. ...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


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more