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Have dry, tickling cough attacks in the night, tight lungs/chest, and hoarseness. What is this, and how should I treat it?

Have dry, tickling cough attacks in the night, tight lungs/chest, and hoarseness. What is this, and how should I treat it?

Could be asthma: Symptoms of cough that occur in cold air or at night could signal some mild asthma or allergies developing. See is being in warm bathroom with shower running to create a spa affect, try an over the counter antihistamine and if that does not help you should see your doctor. ...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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What is the best thing to do for a tickle causing a bad cough. My wife has asthma and the tickly cough has lasted a few days?

What is the best thing to do for a tickle causing a bad cough. My wife has asthma and the tickly cough has lasted a few days?

See doctor: The tickle may be from post-nasal drips (most people with allergic asthma also has allergic rhinitis), sinusitis, or even reflux. Or it may just be a sign of an inflamed airway leading to worsening in her asthma. It's time to see her doctor. ...Read more

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I've got a dry/tickling cough that's persistent enough that every breath I take can trigger it. What's the best thing I can do to break it?

I've got a dry/tickling cough that's  persistent enough that every breath I take can trigger it. What's the best thing I can do to break it?

It depends on why: you have the cough. If you cough every time you take a breath, then it is pretty serious. If you have bronchitis, you need to be seen by healthcare provider to get proper treatment. Some cough drops (e.g. Ricola) or cough syrup can help. If you cough because you have severe acid reflux, or cancer, or runny nose/allergies, then you should treat the underlying condition first. ...Read more

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What causes tingling on my sides when i cough?

What causes tingling on my sides when i cough?

Muscle pain, hypoxia: There are many things that could be happening such as a pulled muscle or, depending on how hard and long you cough, a decrease in oxygen in the blood thy can lead to a tingling sensation. If it persists you should ask your doctor. ...Read more

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When I cough there is a tingling feeling in the middle of my chest. What could it be?

When I cough there is a tingling feeling in the middle of my chest. What could it be?

Possibilities...: This is possibly due to a musculoskeletal problem. Possibilities include muscle strain, cartilage inflammation, etc. The possible diagnoses of the cough include bronchitis, bronchospasm, gerd, sinus disorders, etc. See your doctor for a more specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hi there, I have recently been travelling and had a chesty cough for weeks, that's cleared a bit but now I have a burning/ tingling sensation in my ch?

Hi there, I have recently been travelling and had a chesty cough for weeks, that's cleared a bit but now I have a burning/ tingling sensation in my ch?

Burning/tingling: Is the burning and tingling on the skin of your chest or does it feel like it is coming from your lungs? I'm glad to hear the cough has cleared up a bit. If you develop a rash on your chest then go see a doctor within a day or two. Otherwise, likely the cough and the burning/tingling sensation will resolve in time. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why do i have a numb tingling in under my rightside ribcage when i cough?

Why do i have a numb tingling in under my rightside ribcage when i cough?

Numb : This is most probably caused by a local nerve impingement when you cough with chest muscle contraction. It is nonspecific and unlikely to be worrisome. ...Read more

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I have a tickling throat that makes me cough. This happens every night so what i can do about it?

I have a tickling throat that makes me cough. This happens every night so what i can do about it?

Antacids: The most common causes of cough in adult include esophageal reflux and asthma/allergies. You can start by trying an antacid. If that works, then reflux is causing your cough. Also be sure you don't have obstructive sleep apnea, which would wake you up coughing. ...Read more