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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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What is causing my months long dry cough with no real symptoms other than itchiness/irritation in the back of my throat?

What is causing my months long dry cough with no real symptoms other than itchiness/irritation in the back of my throat?

Allergies/LPR: Allergies cause the typical nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and watery eye symptoms. They can cause irritation or itchiness in the throat, as well as, a dry tickle cough. Laryngopharygeal reflux is often associated with a dry cough. You should get evaluated by ENT doctor who does allergy testing and also get a detailed head and neck exam to check your throat for other potential problems. ...Read more

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I think I just may be getting sick. Got a slight cough been trying to happen. Kind of like a very slight irritation in throat. Cold? What do I do?

I think I just may be getting sick. Got a slight cough been trying to happen. Kind of like a very slight irritation in throat. Cold? What do I do?

What to do.: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Feels like a irritation in back of throat even when I do not talk. Starts few hours after waking up. I try to cough to clear but not work. Serious?

Feels like a irritation in back of throat even when I do not talk. Starts few hours after waking up. I try to cough to clear but not work. Serious?

Various reasons: Hard to be sure with history but since during day make sure drinking lots of water and aren't on any medication that could cause dry mouth as a side effect. If you are a smoker this could cause a constant tickle. Whatever the cause if it lasts over a week or you start developing more symptoms see an MD for a good throat exam. ...Read more

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I'm developing a cough and think I'm getting sick. Does ludun's wild cherry throat drops actually help with throat irritation? What do you recommend?

I'm developing a cough and think I'm getting sick. Does ludun's wild cherry throat drops actually help with throat irritation? What do you recommend?

Yes: While the cough drop won't effect the course of your illness, you may get some symptomatic relief by soothing the irritant receptors in your throat. Treatment for a viral cold involves basically symptomatic control by using medications for such symptoms as nasal discharge, congestion, fever, cough and sore throat. If the drops make you feel better, use them. ...Read more

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I have been coughing for a week now. It started with an irritation in my throat. It is not dry cough there is mucus. I also feel heavy in my chest.

I have been coughing for a week now. It started with an irritation in my throat. It is not dry cough there is mucus. I also feel heavy in my chest.

Avg cough = 18d: A recent study concluded that the average duration of a cough illness lasted approximately 18 days. So the bad news is that someone who's been coughing for a week has another 10 days of cough left on average. However, if s/he is feeling short of breath and/or having fevers, sweats & chills, it's best to go see one's family doc. Antibiotics aren't warranted for every (cough) illness. ...Read more

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It's been a week, I have a sore throat on off, and little dry and irritation. .. Sometime cough at night with sudden tingling. .. Kindly advice?

It's been a week, I have a sore throat on off, and little dry and irritation. .. Sometime cough at night with sudden tingling. .. Kindly advice?

Dr. Can check throat: 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 Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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W/ cough for 9 days. No fever no phlegm just an irritation in my throat as well as throat pain. I took 10mg loratadine dis am can I take another 10mg?

W/ cough for 9 days. No fever no phlegm just an irritation in my throat as well as throat pain. I took 10mg loratadine dis am can I take another 10mg?

See doctor: Did you catch a cold recently? If yes, then it may be from a sinus infection. If you have not, then acid reflux may be a potentially cause. If the cough goes on for another week, you should see your doctor to find out why. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have an increased cough if I recently quit smoking? I would think it should be the opposite. Also have chest irritation and sore throat

Is it normal to have an increased cough if I recently quit smoking? I would think it should be the opposite. Also have chest irritation and sore throat

Yes its normal: All the symptoms you're describing can happen after you stop smoking. You might also have gotten a viral infection. Best thing is to 'stay on the wagon' don't start smoking again, and see how you do after another few weeks. If it persists, or if you develop fever, go get checked out. ...Read more

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I have been having headaches when I cough feel tired/weak eye irritation chest congestion throat burn when going to eat or drink anything.?

I have been having headaches when I cough feel tired/weak eye irritation chest congestion throat burn when going to eat or drink anything.?

Most likely virus: These symptoms sound viral in nature. You can get cough, congestion and conjunctivitis from a virus. For the eyes best treatment is artificial tears for the irritation. Treat any fever.Drink lots of fluids. If you don't improve or significantly worsen check with your family doctor to make get throat culture to make sure its not bacterial. ...Read more

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Suffering from general flu, after running nose stopped I have throat irritation, feels like dry cough stuck inside, have problem sleeping at night?

Typical: This is a very typical symptom of viral upper respiratory infections. I would stay well hydrated, suck on ice cubes if needed. Try using some honey in hot tea, chloraseptic losenges or spray. Use a humidifier in your bedroom at night. It should pass within 7-10 days. ...Read more

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What preventive action you should take when you feel like getting throat infection, have slight cough, irritation, and flem?

What preventive action you should take when you feel like getting throat infection, have slight cough, irritation, and flem?

Symptom control: There's not much you can do at that point except to buy some throat lozenges, cough medicine, and decongestants. Some people swear by things like echinacea, vitamin c, or zinc, but the evidence for them is weak. ...Read more

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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