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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

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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Woke up to terrible burning in chest between breasts, dry cough, feeling of bubbles in the throat. What causes this?

Woke up to terrible burning in chest between breasts, dry cough, feeling of bubbles in the throat. What causes this?

Acid reflux: Sounds like acid reflux also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD. This is very common but can cause damage to the esophagus over time. There are now many over the counter meds available for this and sleeping with your head raised can help. If it persists though, you need to see a doctor, your PCP or a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough deep in my chest and my throat hurts bad its burning my mouth...Whats wrong?

I have a dry cough deep in my chest and my throat hurts bad its burning my mouth...Whats wrong?

Infection?: How long have you had this? It may be a bad cold. But if you have had this for a long time, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Constant acidity, dry cough, burning in throat+chest when exercising, breathing trouble. Is my sleep apnea causing this or is it acidity causing apnea?

Constant acidity, dry cough, burning in throat+chest when exercising, breathing trouble. Is my sleep apnea causing this or is it acidity causing apnea?

Chicken & egg: There is an association between acid reflux and sleep apnea. There is no proof that reflux leads to sleep apnea (or vice-versa) but the association between the two has been shown repeatedly. You need optimal treatment of BOTH conditions to feel well again, so TTYD about a sleep study with a CPAP mask and Prilosec or other acid blocker. Hope this helps. Thanks 4 trusting HealthTap w/ your question. ...Read more

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What can I take to relieve my symptoms of burning nose, eyes, throat, along with stuffiness and clogged ears dry cough?

What can I take to relieve my symptoms of burning nose, eyes, throat, along with stuffiness and clogged ears dry cough?

OTC meds: Sounds like an allergy exacerbation or an early cold. I would recommend Claritin (loratadine) or claritin-d which are both over the counter (otc). ...Read more

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My insurce doesn't cover my inhaler anymore whsr do I do my dry cough is so deep iwheeze all night and ihave the feeling of mucus in throat?

My insurce doesn't cover my inhaler anymore whsr do I do my dry cough is so deep iwheeze all night and ihave the feeling of mucus in throat?

Asthma: First stop smoking, this is not helping your asthma. A number of drug companies have patient assistance programs, you can look up your medication online, with a. Com after its name and see if the company offers such a program you can sign up for. Your doctor can also help you by contacting your insurance company to plead your case. ...Read more

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Irritating dry cough for 7weeks after cold, tickly feeling in throat, wheezing, no blood or phlegm, worse when lay down. Dr said chest clear, is it bad?

Irritating dry cough for 7weeks after cold, tickly feeling in throat, wheezing, no blood or phlegm, worse when lay down. Dr said chest clear, is it bad?

Post viral symptoms: It is common to get post viral symptoms such as you described for up to 12 weeks after s viral infection. If your chest is clear and you are not producing phlegm then it is unlikely there is significant illness. Try some steam inhalation before bedtime or taking an antihistamine. It may help alleviate the symptoms ...Read more

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Past several days been having a dry cough and choking feeling in throat. Sometimes starts after eating and lasts for hours. No relief after trying fluids, cough drops, etc.

Past several days been having a dry cough and choking feeling in throat. Sometimes starts after eating and lasts for hours. No relief after trying fluids, cough drops, etc.

Need med-checkup: If your cough is persistent for more than one week, you need a medical check up of your chest. Dry cough can be caused by allergies or Asthma which require a Physical examination by a doctor before we can be certain. A chest C-X-Ray may also be useful to check your lungs. ...Read more

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Funny feeling in throat. Post nasal drip. Not strep. Dry cough. Mucus seeming to go to chest but unproductive cough. Mucus yellow. And white?

Funny feeling in throat. Post nasal drip. Not strep. Dry cough. Mucus seeming to go to chest but unproductive cough. Mucus yellow. And white?

See a physician: You should consult a physician. You did not mention what triggers your cough. You may be suffering from allergies and postnasal drip. Allergy medication like antihistamine and nasal spray and neti potty sinus rinse can help. Consult a physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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My throat is getting more painful&im having a really bad dry cough. Antitussives not working. Could not sleep due to cough. Already been to gp last saturday. No more body aches&chills this time. Just feeling generally unwell due to very sore throat?

My throat is getting more painful&im having a really bad dry cough. Antitussives not working. Could not sleep due to cough. Already been to gp last saturday. No more body aches&chills this time. Just feeling generally unwell due to very sore throat?

Doctor can recheck: Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges, and acetaminophen or Motrin, can help decrease pain. ...Read more

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Not feeling good. Nasal congestion dry cough sore throat but why does my chest and upper back hirt?

Not feeling good. Nasal congestion dry cough sore throat but why does my chest and upper back hirt?

Lung involvement: Sounds as if you have a respiratory infection of wither viral or bacterial origin. The latter would require antibiotics and evaluation form a health care provider. The lungs can get involved which could cause chest and back discomfort with inflammation that occurs. Best wishes. ...Read more

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2 months rt side headache. Dry cough, excess mucus in nose. Lump in throat feeling that can't clear. Ear pain and crackling when swallow. What is it?

2 months rt side headache. Dry cough, excess mucus in nose. Lump in throat feeling that can't clear. Ear pain and crackling when swallow. What is it?

Pharyngitis: The most common cause is a viral infection. Usually, sore throat resolves (one week) on its own with at-home care. However, 2 month is too long for symptoms to persist.
Rec.: see your pcp for evaluation and possible ENT referral. ...Read more

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What can I do for a cold at home. Feeling cold and hot, sneezing, sore throat, dry cough and runny nose. Is this flu?

What can I do for a cold at home. Feeling cold and hot, sneezing, sore throat, dry cough and runny nose. Is this flu?

Influenza usually: Manifests with severe headache, cough, and high fevers. Home remedies are antipyretics, antihistamines, cough supressants, and decongestants, all otc. Make sure you stay well hydrated, use a vaporizer, rest, and avoid allergens. See a doctor if it lasts more than a week. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do I have cold or sinus infection? Runny/stuffy nose, itchy scratchy throat, top right teeth seem sore, and my front right tooth has become super sensitive to temperature over night, now I seem to be feeling very cold, a dry cough and very chapped lips

Do I have cold or sinus infection? Runny/stuffy nose, itchy scratchy throat, top right teeth seem sore, and my front right tooth has become super sensitive to temperature over night, now I seem to be feeling very cold, a dry cough and very chapped lips

Maybe both: But usually when sinuses get infected the upper teeth become sore, the infection in the sinus can creat pressure which can push against the root of the teeth hence the sensitivity and soreness. The rest of your question I hope an md can answer! Hope you feel better soon! ...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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What could cause a stuffy ear, stuffy nose, stuffy throat, and a dry cough?

What could cause a stuffy ear, stuffy nose, stuffy throat, and a dry cough?

Sore throat: It all depends on the duration, severity and associated symptoms. It can vary from simple viral infection to some more serious. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough which causes my throat to really hurt and my ears?

I have a dry cough which causes my throat to really hurt and my ears?

Viral: Take OTC Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night. Drink lot if tea. Use a humidifier at night. Drink lot of water which is not cold. Avoid all fruits, juice soda and junk food. If overweight lose it. If you have acid reflux eat light meals and eat dinner early. There is a nasty virus all over US, not sure where u live. If not better in few days, see a doc ...Read more

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Can amoxicillin cause you to have a cough? I keep having this tickle in my throat and it's never happened before and it's a dry cough

Can amoxicillin cause you to have a cough? I keep having this tickle in my throat and it's never happened before and it's a dry cough

Call the doctor: If you're having a cough on a new medicine-I would be concerned for allergy. You should try to look in the back of your throat-if it looks swollen at all, you need emergency medical treatment. I would call the doctor in fact if you have doubts. Sometimes allergy can take the form of throat or voicebox swelling which might present initially as a cough. Hopefully it's just nothing but need more info ...Read more

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I have a terrible dry cough that is making it very hard to sleep, I would have to describe it like a tickle in my throat. Been hardly sleeping for 1w?

I have a terrible dry cough that is making it very hard to sleep, I would have to describe it like a tickle in my throat. Been hardly sleeping for 1w?

Be seen: For short duration cough of this kind the viral upper respiratory tract infection is the common cause. For longer duration of similar cough it can be from incipient asthma, post nasal drip or acid reflux disease. You need to be seen and examined. ...Read more

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Dry cough clearing throat most of the day at work and out side when I take zyrtec (cetirizine) it works for about 6 hours what can else u can do what's causin?

Dry cough clearing throat most of the day at work and out side when I take zyrtec (cetirizine) it works for about 6 hours what can else u can do what's causin?

Mgt: Determining the possible triggers, avoiding the triggers including smoke will help to control the symptoms.
Nasal and rinses with saline may also relieve symptoms. ...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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Temp 96.5 slight dry cough got GERD hard to eat how do I know if it's pneumonia keep thinking I inhaled food I have really bad anxiety but throat dry?

Temp 96.5 slight dry cough got GERD hard to eat how do I know if it's pneumonia keep thinking I inhaled food I have really bad anxiety but throat dry?

How? By an exam!: You need a doctor to examine you. Then, if you need a Rx, you need to follow directions exactly and gert well. Doing the right stuff is a good way to lower anxiety and risk of damage to your young body. Best! ...Read more

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Dry cough. Hard to swallow. Semi sore throat? What could be the problem? Any otc meds I can try?

Dry cough. Hard to swallow. Semi sore throat? What could be the problem? Any otc meds I can try?

Viral URI.: Could be a viral upper respiratory infection by those symptoms. Usually this would resolve in a few days on its own. You can try throat lozenges and cough suppressants for now. If this doesn’t resolve in a few days, or if it worsens despite OTC treatment, then go see a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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The back of my throat looks like it still has pharyngitis. The yellow white and veins. But now I have a dry cough, and its a little hard to breathe.?

The back of my throat looks like it still has pharyngitis. The yellow white and veins. But now I have a dry cough, and its a little hard to breathe.?

Consult a doctor: You need to consult a physician immediately, or go to the emergency room. Shortness of breath, or dyspnea in the setting of a respiratory illness, is a serious symptom and should not be ignored. Do the right thing and get seen right away. ...Read more

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Went to doc 6 days ago for sore throat it better but got dry cough. Ears feel like Fluid sometimes hard to pop. Taking clarithromycin and medrol pack?

Cough: Try delete for the cough. Try Flonase for the nasal congestion. May use afrjn for 3 days only for the stuffiness. Try to pop the ears.
May want to try to gargle warm salt water. 2 to 3 tsp to one quart of water.
Finish the antibiotics.
See your doctor if not better in 6 to 10 days ...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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I won't see my ent dr. Till monday what can I do till then I think I have a ear infection and a sore throat with dry cough its harder laying down.

I won't see my ent dr. Till monday what can I do till then I think I have a ear infection and a sore throat with dry cough its harder laying down.

Go to urgent care: You can visit and get checked up. They might do rapid strep test and see if you need antibiotics. In mean while take pain medicines as needed. ...Read more

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Does narrowing of the cervical vertabraes c-4 thru c-7 cause neck pain & breathing problems I have like a dry cough?

Does narrowing of the cervical vertabraes c-4 thru c-7 cause neck pain & breathing problems I have like a dry cough?

Cspine: Narrowing of the cspine spaces probably implies disc compression or degeneration. Mri would provide more specific details. Symptoms definitely can include neck pain, as well as numbness or pain down an arm. Respiratory problems such as difficuly breathing or dry cough are unlikely. ...Read more

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Chest tightness, dry cough, persistent upper back/neck tightness. Muscles around chest and lungs feel tight makes it hard to breathe at times?

Chest tightness, dry cough, persistent upper back/neck tightness. Muscles around chest and lungs feel tight makes it hard to breathe at times?

Respiratory distress: If you are truly having trouble breathing you should go ASAP and be seen and evaluated by a doctor. There is no way in which this can be diagnosed over the net. ...Read more

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Can a dry cough be from an inflamed throat?

Can have both: You don't usually attribute the cough to the sore throat per se but they can have the same underlying cause. A dry non productive of mucus cough is frequently secondary to a post-nasal drip. It can frequently be dealt with by using a medicine called benzonatate and does not need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I also have s dry cough lots of mucus and my throat always feel ichy

I also have s dry cough lots of mucus and my throat always feel ichy

More info: Sorry, there is no question associated with your problem. Fyi the questions you submit are not connected and thus if you had another question regarding this issue we can't see it. Please resubmit :). ...Read more

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Deep dry cough, laryngitis, and throat seems to close up when I lie down?

Deep dry cough, laryngitis, and throat seems to close up when I lie down?

Throat closing up?: Am concerned about sense that throat is closing up. Are you experiencing any difficulty breathing because of this - if yes, would recommend medical evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm coughing constantly and dry cough my throat is tingle and couses me to cough please help?

I'm coughing constantly and dry cough my throat is tingle and couses me to cough please help?

Post nasal drip: Your cough can be from post nasal drip and this can be secondary to a cold, allergies or sinus infection or acid reflux. For a proper diagnosis see your doctor, you can start by using a saline nasal spray to soothe it. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Dry Cough (Definition)

Dry cough is a non-productive cough in which sputum/ ...Read more