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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


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My 6 year old grandson has a dry cough No other symptoms. Going on holiday tomorrow.Is it ok o go swimming?

My 6 year old grandson has a dry cough No other symptoms. Going on holiday tomorrow.Is it ok o go swimming?

Could you stop him?: With no symptoms other then a bit of a dry cough, there is no reason to not go swimming. If this is a chronic issue, I would suggest evaluation to find the underlying cause (allergies? cough variant asthma? etc). Restricting activity would be for other symptoms as well - fevers, body aches, shortness of breath, breathing fast - then he needs to be seen. Otherwise, watch him and play :) ...Read more

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I have dry cough no other symptoms. No sore throat no cold no fever what could cause it?

I have dry cough no other symptoms. No sore throat no cold no fever what could cause it?

Allergies/reflux: Could be environmental allergies, or even reflux. It requires a proper evaluation to have a chance at diagnosing and treating the problem. Start with your primary care provider. No urgency. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a weakly positive ANA and positive rnp. I also have fatigue, joint pain and swelling, dry cough and GERD symptoms. No raynaud's, though. ?

I have a weakly positive ANA and positive rnp.  I also have fatigue, joint pain and swelling, dry cough and GERD symptoms.  No raynaud's, though. ?

Big picture: My first concerns are whether your gerd is real -- get endoscoped, and it may be the cause of your cough and if so this is dangerous. There are several rnp's that speak either to mixed connective tissue disease or scleroderma; the latter's unlikely with no raynaud's though gerd can mimic the esophageal troubles. Just my thoughts; others will share as well. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough, with no symptoms of a cold, but I fell like I have a low grade fever , and have some dizziness, plus my lungs and throat is sore f?

I have a dry cough, with no symptoms of a cold, but I fell like I have a low grade fever , and have some dizziness, plus my lungs and throat is sore f?

Maybe an URI: (Upper respiratory infection). Hydrate well, rest. Consider warm soups to help with congestion. Consider gargling with warm salt water for sore throat or use of netti pot for nasal congestion. If you develop difficulty breathing please seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Hi i've had a dry cough with no other symptoms just a dy cough for about a year now that hasn't gone away? I have no idea what to do?

Hi i've had a dry cough with no other symptoms just a dy cough for about a year now that hasn't gone away? I have no idea what to do?

Go to see your PMD: Go to see your pmd and get more evaluation. Things like asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease , postnasal drip or other respiratory problems- like chronic inflammation, autoimmune disorder etc - can give you dry cough. Go to see your doctor and get yourself checked. ...Read more

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What is causing my months long dry cough with no real symptoms other than itchiness/irritation in the back of my throat?

What is causing my months long dry cough with no real symptoms other than itchiness/irritation in the back of my throat?

Allergies/LPR: Allergies cause the typical nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and watery eye symptoms. They can cause irritation or itchiness in the throat, as well as, a dry tickle cough. Laryngopharygeal reflux is often associated with a dry cough. You should get evaluated by ENT doctor who does allergy testing and also get a detailed head and neck exam to check your throat for other potential problems. ...Read more

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I've had a dry cough with no cold symptoms for 3 wks. I have a newborn and have my whooping cough shot. Im breastfeeding. What should i do?

I've had a dry cough with no cold symptoms  for 3 wks. I have a newborn and have my whooping cough shot. Im breastfeeding. What should i do?

Not much: There is an infection going around. If you were contagious, you're probably over it by now and any exposure risks have already been there. After a lung infection, the inflammation typically stays for weeks after the infection ...Read more

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What to do if I have headache. No other symptoms to it. I have also developed a dry cough. Is this normal?

What to do if I have headache. No other symptoms to it. I have also developed a dry cough. Is this normal?

Neither is normal: But then these are very common symptoms. Usually the headache and dry cough are not related except in the case of nasal congestion (headaches) with post-nasal drips (cough) or sinusitis. ...Read more

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Could dust cause sudden bad dry cough for about 5 mins? with no other symptoms. or could this be due to something else? Thanks

Could dust cause sudden bad dry cough for about 5 mins? with no other symptoms. or could this be due to something else? Thanks

Yes it can/something: We know house dust can cause cough and even asthma.But it can be due to something else like allergies,infections etc.And if it persists and keep happening time and again,then it needs to be checked and evauated by your doctor but if it is only one time occurence than nothing needs to be done ...Read more

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I am a smoker for about 3 years. I had a cold recently and the symptoms subsided about 2 weeks ago. I still have a dry cough. Is this normal?

Yes: Many people have coughs after an infection for 4 weeks whether they area smoker or not. Smokers have longer prolonged healing times for hire lungs too. If it persists past 4 week I would see an MD or if you have blood that you cough up or are short of breath or have recurrent fevers or night sweats , go now to see an MD. ...Read more

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Have had a cough now coming up on 2 weeks, mucus majority clear, a very aggravating dry cough sometimes broken up with mucus, no other symptoms tho.

Have had a cough now coming up on 2 weeks, mucus majority clear, a very aggravating dry cough sometimes broken up with mucus, no other symptoms tho.

Cough: After 2 weeks of your coughing, it is time to go in and have it evaluated. Your cough could be due to many things, so it is important to find out why. If you have high fever, shortness of breath, chest pain or difficulty breathing make sure you get in to be evaluated right away. Take care. ...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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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

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dry Cough (Definition)

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