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I have a hard dry cough with a burning throat feeling. What are the possible causes?

I have a hard dry cough with a burning throat feeling. What are the possible causes?

LPR: Laryngopharyngeal reflux is the most likely cause for these symptoms. If acids escape the esophagus and reach the sensitive tissues near the opening ot the trachea, swelling can result. Cough, hoarseness, shortness of breath (often misdiagnosed as asthma) can occur. Many times reflux is not noted (no heartburn) often referred to as "silent reflux". Lpr can also trigger true asthma. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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I am a 41 year old female with asthma and migraine. I havea temperature of 95.3, runny nose, stuffy nose at night and a hard dry cough with a sore throat. What should I do?

I am a 41 year old female with asthma and migraine. I havea temperature of 95.3, runny nose, stuffy nose at night and a hard dry cough with a sore throat. What should I do?

Doctor can evaluate: A primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a cold (viral infection), a strep throat (bacterial and would need antibiotics), a sinus infection, allergies in the nose and sinuses, wheezing in the lungs (would need more asthma treatment), sinus symptoms related to migraines, etc... Since one can have one or more of these issues at the same time, a doctor's visit(s) is recommended. ...Read more

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Day 1-2- fever, chills, sore throat, cough, Day 3- current (7) very congested, constant dry cough (hard to stop), green/yellow nasal discharge ?

Day 1-2- fever, chills, sore throat, cough, Day 3- current (7) very congested, constant dry cough (hard to stop), green/yellow nasal discharge ?

Acute sinusitis: this is acute sinusitis,and since cough had not started to improve at day 3 and the Nasal discharge color change make it likely to be bacterial rather cold or allergies, Antibiotics may be needed ...Read more

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My dry cough is almost 2 weeks now and im having a hard time to breath while to try to cough and i take already a over-the-counter meds, but still sick?

My dry cough is almost 2 weeks now and im having a hard time to breath while to try to cough and i take already a over-the-counter meds, but still sick?

Need diagnosis....: In order to treat your cough, the etiology of the cough needs to be diagnosed first. Bronchospasm may be causing your cough, especially with shortness of breath. Other possibilities include GERD, post-nasal drip, bronchitis or a combination of factors. These all have different treatments so see your doctor ASAP for diagnosis and treatment. Over the counter cough meds are usually not helpful! ...Read more

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Went to dr they said I have viral tempatures - seemed to developed a cough now should I go back? Dry cough continues till hard to breath

Went to dr they said I have viral tempatures - seemed to developed a cough now should I go back? Dry cough continues till hard to breath

Re-eval needed.: Viral infections can cause a cough, fevers, chills, achiness. The issue is the time frame. Viral infections generally last three to five days, so if your symptoms in sum have lasted longer than that you need to be seen again to make sure you don't in fact have a bacterial infection requiring antibiotics. ...Read more

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I'm 6 weeks with a dry cough nd asthma i'm having an extremely hard time breathing is this effecting my baby?

I'm 6 weeks with a dry cough nd asthma i'm having an extremely hard time breathing is this effecting my baby?

It might: A dry cough can be a sign of active asthma problems. If you are having shortness of breath more than twice a week, then you need to be taking a controller medication every day. There are several medications that are considered safe during pregnancy. Keep in mind that if your baby is not getting enough oxygen, this is more damaging than any asthma inhalers. ...Read more

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Persistent dry cough worsen over the wks, worse in the evening/night sometime hard to breath, chest pain from timetotime for 3.5 wks.Should i worry?

Persistent dry cough worsen over the wks, worse in the evening/night sometime hard to breath, chest pain from timetotime for 3.5 wks.Should i worry?

Cough: Cough has many reasons and asthma is one of them. More history is needed. You need to be evaluated by a physician to answer your question. ...Read more

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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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Uncontrollable dry cough at night..Hard to breath in completely..Been sick sometimes productive with green mucus..Can't sleep. Help! ?

Uncontrollable dry cough at night..Hard to breath in completely..Been sick sometimes productive with green mucus..Can't sleep. Help! ?

Depends: On whether this is long standing or acute. The green mucus suggests that you have some infection with a bacterium called pseudomonas and it is a nasty one. Get local medical advice. ...Read more

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I have small hard lumps under my skin all over my body. I also have difficulty swallowing, chronic dry cough and body pain. What is this?

I have small hard lumps under my skin all over my body. I also have difficulty swallowing, chronic dry cough and body pain. What is this?

Arthritic disease or: Cough alone could be many things including asthma post nasal drainage, or acid reflux, but to put all the symptoms together it sounds like you may have a rheumatic disease such as lupus or schleroderma or a vascular disease. I recommend you see your primary care physician, and he or she will probably refer you to a pulmonologist or a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Dry Cough (Definition)

Dry cough is a clinical finding in which a person has a cough but does not produce ...Read more