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Could you tell me what's the best way to treat a dry cough?

Could you tell me what's the best way to treat a dry cough?

Determine the cause.: Determine the cause. How long have you had it, is it associated with fever, are you a smoker? All of these things determine possible treatment options. ...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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How to treat a dry cough that won't go away?

How to treat a dry cough that won't go away?

Check allergies : Check allergies to mold, dust, and pets. If you smoke, stop smoking. If are wheezing, you're losing weight or feeling sick consult a physician. ...Read more

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What should I use to treat a dry cough and what seems to be a sinus infection and very watery eyes?

What should I use to treat a dry cough and what seems to be a sinus infection and very watery eyes?

Allergy?: Your symptoms can be due to sinus infection but seasonal allergies can also have these symptoms. An evaluation by your doctor would be needed to determine the etiology of your symptoms and render the correct treatment. ...Read more

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Can I treat a dry cough with guaifenesin?

No: Guaifenasin is used to help thin the mucous that might be causing a cough and is considered an expectorant, making it easier to clear the mucous. It does not help if you do not have mucous. ...Read more

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How to treat dry cough?

How to treat dry cough?

Cough: Need to know the cause. Is it reflux, medications, post-nasal drainage, asthma, etc. Best to see someone and get an evaluation before trying to treat it on your own. ...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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Have dry cough for 8 weeks with pain in rt. Lower rib. How to treat this?

Have dry cough for 8 weeks with pain in rt. Lower rib. How to treat this?

Chest X-ray: Best to get a chest x-ray to make sure all is ok in your chest. A bronchial infection, asthma flare up, pneumonia and acid reflux could all be possible. ...Read more

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I have a chronic dry cough that lasts for weeks, but I am not sick. Non-smoker, no allergies. What is causing this, and how can I treat it?

I have a chronic dry cough that lasts for weeks, but I am not sick. Non-smoker, no allergies. What is causing this, and how can I treat it?

Many possibilities: Asthma, reflux, undiagnosed allergies with post nasal drip cover about 90% of undiagnosed cough. See your doc to work through these possibilities; if it isn't one of these there are dozens of other possibilities, and you need to work closely with your doc to help get to the bottom of it and stop it. ...Read more

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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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I'm having a dry cough, can I treat it with guaifenesin?

I'm having a dry cough, can I treat it with guaifenesin?

Yes, but ...: Guaifenesin is used to relieve chest congestion. Guaifenesin may help control symptoms but does not treat the cause of symptoms or speed recovery. Guaifenesin is in a class of medications called expectorants. It works by thinning the mucus in the air passages to make it easier to cough up the mucus and clear the airways. Take it with lots of water. I am pessimistic whether it works in patients. ...Read more

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A few days later, I got severe cold and flu, after I treat it for like 4 days, why did I get dry cough?

From flu/cold/bronch: You do get cough with flu which can last for more than 4 days. Flu and cold can also lead to bronchitis in some people and usually it is self limiting. Rarely it can lead to secondary bacterial infection causing pneumonia and that requires antibiotics.
If cough persists consult your doctor. ...Read more

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My mother was suffering from dry cough few day back.........the cough is treated but now she gets attack of cough with breathlesness when bow her head?

My mother was suffering from dry cough few day back.........the cough is treated but now she gets attack of cough with breathlesness when bow her head?

Impingement?: A cough and shortness of breath when one flexes their neck suggests that there is irritation of the larynx and possibly impingement of it. You need to see your PCP for evaluation with imaging of the upper respiratory tree and the neck. There could be a mass or swelling in the neck that could cause this. ...Read more

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I have had a dry cough and weird sensation in right side of throat. What are the best ways to treat this?

I have had a dry cough and weird sensation in right side of throat. What are the best ways to treat this?

See ENT: You need to see an ENT doctor if your family doctor can't figure out the cause if this has been present for more than 2 weeks or is getting worse. ...Read more

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Do I need to buy warm mist humidifier? I got a cool mist Vicks humidifier will it treat post nasal drip, dry cough on winter and fall?

Do I need to buy warm mist humidifier? I got a cool mist Vicks humidifier will it treat post nasal drip, dry cough on winter and fall?

No: Humidifiers are fine for replacing the moisture in your environment that is lost when the heat is on. They don't have to mist to be effective. It is part of the Furnace system in the North, where the heat is on for months but not in Texas. We actually advise against heated mist because the heater is a hazard, and all mist cools before it reaches you. ...Read more

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My wife is about 12 weeks pregnant and has chest pain when she coughs. But it is a dry cough. What can it be and how do we treat the cough.

My wife is about 12 weeks pregnant and has chest pain when she coughs.  But it is a dry cough.  What can it be and how do we treat the cough.

Depends: First if she coughing, why she is coughing should be checked in to and treated. If it's a simple cold usually plain Robitussin (guaifenesin) is allowed. If its allergies asthma or other issues you would need more specific treatment. Always check in with your ob/gyn before taking anything. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get whooping cough as an adult if you had an immunization as a child dry cough, lungs hurt, slight fever

Is it possible to get whooping cough as an adult if you had an immunization as a child dry cough, lungs hurt, slight fever

Yes. : Yes. Immunity wanes after a few years so you need a booster every 8-10 years.
You may just have a viral bronchitis but if cough persists you should see your doctor for an evaluation. You should also get a pertussis booster (tdap). ...Read more

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Lot of bloating, dry cough, sometimes but mostly at night and shortness of breath. Took a lung test and said technically satifactory normal but showing mild lung disease can I be treated?

Dry cough: Dry cough can be caused by a form of acid reflux called laryngopharyngeal reflux (lpr). Sometimes LPR is 'silent' meaning that no hearty burn is noted. Stop caffeine, alcohol and late meals and try otc acid blockers (omeprazole). If your cough continues see a pulmonary doctor. ...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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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

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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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How can you stop a dry cough?

How can you stop a dry cough?

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

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How to recover from dry cough?

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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What do I take for a dry cough?

What do I take for a dry cough?

Need diagnosis first: Possible causes of a chronic cough include bronchospasm of any etiology, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of 2 or more of these diagnoses. Treatment depends on the etiology which often requires testing for precise diagnosis. See your doctor so proper diagnosis of your cough can be determined and treatment can be rendered. Quit smoking if you are smoking. Your doctor can help w/this, too. ...Read more

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What is good for very dry cough?

What is good for very dry cough?

Good for dry cough: Treatment of the cause of the cough is your best option.
Head elevation can be very useful to alleviate disruptive nighttime cough. If you have asthma, COPD or allergies, make sure they are well controlled.
Cough medications are at best a temporary, last resort. ...Read more

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Cold drinks can worsen dry cough?

Cold drinks can worsen dry cough?

No: Never heard of that. However, you should avoid coffee and alcohol when having a throat infection or cough. ...Read more

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What are some causes of dry cough?

What are some causes of 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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