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Intermittent Dry Cough
Chronic intermittent dry cough with (and perhaps due to) itchiness of trachea. Whose area is this - ENT or respirology/pulmonology?
Both: I would first start with your primary care doctor. The cough could be a blood pressure pill, asthma, allergies, Whooping Cough, tracheal problems, etc. An ENT can scope your trachea whereas a pulmonologist can do this and look further down the trachea to the bronchial tree as well as perform pulmonary function studies. A chest X-Ray and even a Cat Scan can be ordered by any physician. ...Read more
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
History of intermittent dry cough for 3 mos. Underwent 2 x-rays yielded normal results. Upper back pain for more than a month. Could this be lung ca?
No: You are 32 years old, a nonsmoker and have 2 normal chest x rays so the answer is absolutely no. ...Read more
What is the beat remedy for intermittent dry non productive cough, it is irregular and subsides after a glass of water, ?
Dry Cough: Many people are plagued by an intermittent cough that is really a complex issue with pharyngeal muscles and hypersensitivity of the cough reflex. This problem is persistent and hard to eradicate. In other cases, the cough can be due to certain drugs - such as ace inhibitors - you might be taking for blood pressure or cardiac problems. You might want to discuss the issue with your doctor. ...Read more
Dry intermittent cough for 3 weeks with throat and chest tightness. I do not smoke. Not an issue when working out or sleeping. Starts a couple hours after waking up. Can pnd cause all of this?
I have a sore throat (very painful on one side, dry cough, spasms and intermittent fever). I feel OK but not 100%?
Give it time: Sounds like a painful, but typical upper respiratory tract infection which is self limited. Give it a little time to completely normalize and you should do well. ...Read more
Does the beginning symptoms of acute bronchitis include burning dry cough and intermittent wheezing?
Cause of enlarged mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes? Chest CT clear apart from nodes. Chronic dry cough, breathless, intermittent fevers and lethargy?
Infection vs tumor: Usually enlarged mediastinal and hilar nodes can represent granulomatous infection such as tuberculosis. In southwest coccidiodomycosis, in midwest brucellosis. Sometimes depends on age and immune system of individual. Most lymphomas either Hodgkins or Nonhodgkins can produce mediastinal and hilar nodes. Should seek physician for work up and therapy. ...Read more
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
Possibilities...: Possible etiologies of a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of diagnoses. Since all of these have different treatments, it is important that your doctor evaluates you so the diagnosis can be made and treatment initiated. If you smoke, you need to quit. You doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more
Cough with weakness: There are many causes of dry cough, and at least 12 that could cause both weakness and dry cough together. As it is the season of RSV and influenza, as well as pertussis etc get checked for a treatable infection first. As you are 32 years old the other potential causes are less likely, but serious. Let your doctor know how long you've been feeling poorly, and any other associated symptoms. ...Read more
Doctor can examine: A person who has over two weeks of cough should see a doctor. The doctor can evaluate to see if there is allergies, asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, pertussis, pneumonia, or perhaps another problem in the throat or chest. Problems can be more serious if the person is a smoker or has other health problems. Smoking is a major risk factor for several lung diseases, including cancer. ...Read more
Bronchospasm.....: The possible etioligies of a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any etiology, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Bronchospasm can be due to allergy, chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD usually due to smoking or an acute infection of the airways (usually results in an acute cough). See your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed since treatment depends on the precise diagnosis. ...Read more
Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more
Dry Cough: Dry cough can signify the residual effects of a cold, most likely. It is unlikely that you are taking ace inhibitors for high blood pressure, but certain meds such as antihistamines, can also cause the problem. Gastric reflux can also result in a cough. If the sx don't clear in another week or so, it is best to consult your doctor and get a thorough evaluation. ...Read more
Acute or chronic?: Chronic is either from chronic bronchitis from smoking, gastric reflux, cough variant asthma, post nasal drip, etc. Therefore the underlying condition needs to be identified and treated. Acute cough often responds to honey, dextromethorphin, hydration, narcotic based cough preparations, lozenges, and humidity. ...Read more
Dry cough: When I see a dry cough in clinic, and there's no clear infectious source like bronchitis, pneumonia or other type of viral illness, I start to look for things like asthma, gastric reflux, post-nasal drip. It usually takes a good history and exam to figure out the cause. Sometimes people have coughs that get better on their own, and we never figure out why they had it in the first place! ...Read more
Acute cough in Peds: How old is your baby? Has your child received all of his vaccinations such as whooping cough and haemophilus influenzae? Does your child have fever or is he working hard to breathe, w/chest retractions or wheezing? If so, take him to be seen immediately. If your baby looks well, the peak season for infective cough is Jan-Mar. 90% acute cough viral/pediatrics, but asthma, etc. Possible see peds md ...Read more
Dry cough for two years needs to be properly evaluated by your physician. It may be due to
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you are only 21 years old contact your doctor and get checked. Need detailed history/physical examination, blood test and xray chest;pulmonary function tests if indicated. ...Read more
Upper air cough: It is likely that you are having upper airway cough syndrome, formerly named postnasal drip. Some mucus being produced in back of nose tickling the throat which triggers your cough. If this is a recurrent problem, a reactive-airway disease (asthma-like) is possible. Try some otc antihistamine and delsym (dextromethorphan) for few days. If no improvement, consult doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more
Possibilities...: Possible causes of your cough include bronchospasm from any etiology, including seasonal allergies, sinus difficulties resulting in post-nasal drip, gerd or even a combination of factors. If you smoke, smoking cessation needs to happen to decrease airway inflammation. See your doctor so this can be diagnosed as all these possibilities have different treatments. ...Read more