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Frequent Dry Cough
Need diagnosis: Possible causes of a chronic non-productive cough include post-nasal drip, bronchospasm due to any cause, gerd or even a combination of these problems. Your cough needs to be evaluated by your doctor so the correct treatment can be rendered since all of these have different treatments. If you smoke, you need to quit. ...Read more
Been drinking alcohol heavily for the last 3 months. Almost every other day and now developed frequent dry coughing. Is it related to alcohol?
Alcoholsim: There could be several things here. Chronic alcohol intake on the stomach can increase acid production. If you are inhaling some of that acid at night it will cause a cough. Alcohol is very dehydrating and your cough may be caused by that. But, I am happy to hear you ask for help. Would you consider taking a thirty day trial of not drinking to see if you feel better? ...Read more
I've been coughing for a week. Chest feels tight and it's a frequent uncontrollable dry cough. Been taking Robitussin-DM to no avail. What to do?
No...: A non-productive persistent cough is likely due to bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these factors. It is not due to infection so antibiotics would be of no benefit. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease the airway inflammation and decrease your risk of copd, malignancy, etc. ...Read more
Is possible for me to have respiratory problem and asthma even though my ECG is normal? I have frequent chest pain and 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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