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Doctor insights on: Lingering Dry Cough After Bronchitis

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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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Can a (relatively) dry cough still be associated with chronic bronchitis?

Can a (relatively) dry cough still be associated with chronic bronchitis?

Chronic bronchitis.: Sputum production is the hallmark of chronic bronchitis. Sputum becomes voluminous and thick at times, and is always present in a chronic bronchitic. So a dry cough would not be consistent with true chronic bronchitis. ...Read more

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Could I have chronic bronchitis I have deep horse dry cough I tajes advair everyday doesn't seem to help the cough it worries me?

Could I have chronic bronchitis I have deep horse dry cough I tajes advair everyday doesn't seem to help the cough it worries me?

Multiple causes: First do you smoke, if so stop. If an albuterol inhaler helps, asthma could be present. Addition treatment may be needed. Pneumonia can cause a cough also reflux and some medications. You need to be reevaluated by you physician and if appropriate see an allergist or pulmonologist. Chronic bronchitis is unusual at your age unless you smoke. ...Read more

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Bronchitis resolve on its own? Took cheratussin, azithromacyn for one week feel better but still sick. 2 wks dry cough. What to help rid mucus? Tips?

Bronchitis resolve on its own? Took cheratussin, azithromacyn for one week feel better but still sick. 2 wks dry cough. What to help rid mucus? Tips?

U can try: Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM for a week. One can get a lingering cough for weeks after an upper respiratory viral infection. It is important to make sure this has not developed into pneumonia.Any fever, chills, sweats, shortness of breath, chest pain, change in sputum would prompt a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia. Good luck ...Read more

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How do I know when my Bronchitis is almost gone? After 3 weeks I still have a dry cough and phlegm every so often and have to use my inhaler at times

How do I know when my Bronchitis is almost gone? After 3 weeks I still have a dry cough and phlegm every so often and have to use my inhaler at times

Cough: The cough from bronchitis can sometimes take over 6 weeks to fully resolve. As long are you are getting better give it time. If you start to get worse, have fevers, or cough up blood then you should get checked out again. If you smoke you need to stop or just get used to coughing... ...Read more

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Does the beginning symptoms of acute bronchitis include burning dry cough and intermittent wheezing?

Does the beginning symptoms of acute bronchitis include burning dry cough and intermittent wheezing?

Yes: Those can be the beginning of bronchitis or any upper respiratory infection. This is almost always viral and takes 5-10 days to clear. If you run a fever and/or are short of breath see your doctor. Otherwise rest, fluids, DayQuil/NyQuil and time! ...Read more

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Dry cough x3wks-no other sx-rx-bronchitis-solu-medrol, pro-air-tess perles-then switched to pred 40mg qd x5days-day3- little imprvment-cxr neg. Now-?

Dry cough x3wks-no other sx-rx-bronchitis-solu-medrol, pro-air-tess perles-then switched to pred 40mg qd x5days-day3- little imprvment-cxr neg. Now-?

Cough: It see that you smoke, this does not help matters. Diabetes can also cause you to have acid reflux, so does smoking, your cough may not be an infection but from reflux. Try otc Prilosec and see if it helps, take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Always check with your doctor first to see if the medicine is ok to take in your case before taking it. ...Read more

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I've had the flu bronchitis for about a week, insomnia, and now near the end of the flu, I have a dry cough, and sometimes I feel like I can't cough, spasms like. What can I do for the insomnia?

I've had the flu bronchitis for about a week, insomnia, and now near the end of the flu, I have a dry cough, and sometimes I feel like I can't cough, spasms like. What can I do for the insomnia?

Talk with your MD: Please talk to your doctor about this. Tessalon perlles or Codeine are sometimes used to help with severe night time coughing that keeps your awake. ...Read more

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My chest feels congested like when I have bronchitis. Also I have mild dry cough but I suffer from anxiety and I'm panicking. Should I go to the ER?

My chest feels congested like when I have bronchitis. Also I have mild dry cough but I suffer from anxiety and I'm panicking. Should I go to the ER?

Hyperventilation: Try breathing into small brown paper bag first (cover nose and mouth with it and seal with hands). If after doing this for several minutes you feel the breathing is more well-controlled but you still feel short of breath then go to the ER or urgent care. If you have no other symptoms of illness it is unlikely to be bronchitis (possibly asthma if you're prone to that). See doctor for anxiety. ...Read more

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I've been having a bad dry cough for 3 weeks and this week I've been feeling nauseous stomach hurts & I cough more after I eat dr said bronchitis?

I've been having a bad dry cough for 3 weeks and this week I've been feeling nauseous stomach hurts & I cough more after I eat dr said bronchitis?

See doctor: If you are getting worse after 3 weeks, it is time to get examined by a doctor. Just noted that you are on Omeprazole (which should be taken 30-60 mins before breakfast) and wonder if the dose or medication needs be adjusted since reflux can cause all of your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough and a little chest tightness, when I get stressed it gets worse, a little hard to breath. I've had bronchitis and bronchio-spasms. Mucus tastes bad when I cough, and it's green.

See your doctor 4 tx: Green mucous tastes bad, and indicates you have either a secondary infection, or sinuses that are not clearing, and a possible upper respiratory infection that needs to be attended to by your pcp. S/he can listen to your lungs, and check your head, ears, eyes, nose, and throat to get a better idea what's going on, and to recommend treatment. Don't delay! ...Read more

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Diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, constant dry cough and dysnea, high pulmonary blood pressure, but my lung function tests are normal. Why?

Diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, constant dry cough and dysnea, high pulmonary blood pressure, but my lung function tests are normal. Why?

Something else: Your symptom maybe due to another condition other than a lung condition. The elevated pressure in the pulmonary circulation in a young female suggest a condition called idiopathic pulmonary hypertension.a condition with no known cause. However a thorough clinical evaluation is required before this diagnosis is made. Need to consult a pulmonologist and/or cardiologist ...Read more

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Do I have acute bronchitis? I have been experiencing a dry cough (little mucus coming up, which is light green), soreness of chest due to coughing (sometime lower abdomen, also associated with coughing). I also been in and out of a fever. Smyptoms have last

Do I have acute bronchitis? I have been experiencing a dry cough (little mucus coming up, which is light green), soreness of chest due to coughing (sometime lower abdomen, also associated with coughing). I also been in and out of a fever. Smyptoms have last

You: You could very well have bronchitis based on your symptoms, however you will need to be evaluated by a medical professional to be sure. A basic auscultation of your lungs with a stethoscope may be all that is necessary to make the diagnosis. Additional testing may be done if deemed necessary (x-ray, sputum culture). Bronchitis can be viral or bacterial; most commonly viral, which usually resolves on it's own by one to two weeks.
Good luck. ...Read more

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A month after sinusitis and bronchitis, my nose and throat are still irritated and I have a dry cough. There is no phlegm.?

A month after sinusitis and bronchitis, my nose and throat are still irritated and I have a dry cough. There is no phlegm.?

Inflammation...: After infection, sometimes inflammation persists. This can even result in bronchospasm evidenced by a dry cough. Bronchodilator inhalers may be needed temporarily to control the cough until the inflammation resolves. A steroid inhaler may even be needed. The nasal irritation can be treated with salt water nasal sprays. See your doctor for these treatments. ...Read more

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Mom 50- frequent bronchitis since winter with dry cough- constantly losing voice keeps going to ER for breathing treatment, no history smoking xray negative keeps needing prednisone/inhaler, is this serious?

Mom 50- frequent bronchitis since winter with dry cough- constantly losing voice keeps going to ER for breathing treatment, no history smoking xray negative keeps needing prednisone/inhaler, is this serious?

Does she hav asthma?: If she has history of asthma or allergies? If not she need formal chest x-ray and pulmonary function test. Some times it can be granulomatous condition. If it is asthma or allergies she need antihistamines or inhaled steroid on daily basis to prevent recurrence of flares. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions. ...Read more

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Kids in my daycare have rsv, strep, and bronchitis. I have a dry cough, sore throat, headache, temp of 100.9. No spleen. Should I go to dr or wait?

Kids in my daycare have rsv, strep, and bronchitis. I have a dry cough, sore throat, headache, temp of 100.9. No spleen. Should I go to dr or wait?

If you are working: With young children and have been exposed potentially to those illnesses, you should go to the doctor and get checked. This is for your sake and for the other well children there. ...Read more

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I have been taking clarithromycin, predinisone, Cheratussin ad syrup, and Claritin (loratadine) for strep throat, bronchitis, and a sinus infection. Now that I am feeling better I have this dry cough that worsen at night. Should I be worried?

I have been taking clarithromycin, predinisone, Cheratussin ad syrup, and Claritin (loratadine) for strep throat, bronchitis, and a sinus infection. Now that I am feeling better I have this dry cough that worsen at night. Should I be worried?

Not specificly: Of the things you list, the sinus infection can produce postnasal drainage & night cough & the bronchitis can produce a lingering cough that may last weeks. If you are starting to feel better you are on the right track. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough, a stuffy nose & sneezing, I have suffered from bronchitis since a baby I'm 24 f, it started with a sore throat, no fever what is it?

I have a dry cough, a stuffy nose & sneezing, I have suffered from bronchitis since a baby I'm 24 f, it started with a sore throat, no fever what is it?

Post nasal drip: You likely have undiagnosed allergies. The allergies cause the sore throat and the sneezing and coughing. The drainage is likely clear. I would try some Flonase a couple of sprays each nostril once or twice a day. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have bronchitis without wheezing and dry cough. Started out wed night, nausea, tight throat. Then sore throat and dizziness. Threw up left work went home, chills that night, next morning, whole body aches, epecially head, chest, hard

Is it possible to have bronchitis without wheezing and dry cough. Started out wed night, nausea, tight throat. Then sore throat and dizziness. Threw up left work went home, chills that night, next morning, whole body aches, epecially head, chest, hard

Yes,: Yes, you can have bronchitis without wheezing. Bronchitis means that the "bronchioles", the smaller tubes in your lungs, are inflammed. That occurs with viral or bacterial conditions. If your symptoms are worsening, or if you have fever, worsening cough, or any shortness of breath, you will have to be seen again immediately for a re-evaluation. ...Read more

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I have bronchits. Just finished antibiotics and cortisone tablets. I'm still coughing but its a dry cough, voice seems to be going a little bit. I have some Cepacol Discs. Is there anything else I can take to help alleviate the cough?

I have bronchits. Just finished antibiotics and cortisone tablets. I'm still coughing but its a dry cough, voice seems to be going a little bit. I have some Cepacol Discs. Is there anything else I can take to help alleviate the cough?

Cause for cough?: We need to find the cause for your cough in order to make any suggestions. There are many causes for coughing and the duration of the cough also provides clues to the cause. ...Read more

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How do you determine if a dry cough is caused by GERD vs allergies or asthma? No other symptoms besides a lingering dry cough and I feel a lil post na

How do you determine if a dry cough is caused by GERD vs allergies or asthma? No other symptoms besides a lingering dry cough and I feel a lil post na

Response to therapy: Assuming that you have narrowed the cause of your cough down to these things, it all depends on your response to medical therapy and avoidance of triggers. Your doctor could help with a trial of an inhaler like albuterol and you could also try medicines that are available over the counter for GERD and allergies. If you respond to symptomatic care, that may be al that you need. Also consider URIs. ...Read more

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2yr old has lingering persistent dry cough and sneezing after a cold that lasted 14 days. Weather is rainy? Could it be allergies? Cold? See doctor?

2yr old has lingering persistent dry cough and sneezing after a cold that lasted 14 days. Weather is rainy? Could it be allergies? Cold? See doctor?

Viral: Sometimes a viral infection leads to coughing for several weeks but the sneezing should have improved by now. Thus allergies to indoor allergens may well be the cause since rains usually cleans out outdoor airborne allergens. Yes, you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Still have a dry cough after finishing antibiotics for bronchitis over 2 weeks ago. I keep trying to cough stuff up but there's nothing. Worse @ night?

Asthma: Could be related to either Asthma or Allergies. Check with your physician about that. Fresno does have cocci in the air as well which might contribute to a cough- it's a an organism abundant in the Central Valley at this time. ...Read more

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I have tightness in my chest and a dry cough that won't go away. Had xray pa said bronchitis. Given antibiotics Still no help. Could I have lymphoma?

Unlikely: If the chest X-ray showed only bronchitis this would be unlikely. Cough after a bronchial infection can last for some time. If you feel short of breath or have chest tightness you should follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Started w/ cold symptoms w/ very dry cough. In last 2 days, deteriorated to deep/painful cough + nasal/ear congestion. Antibiotics? Bronchitis? Flu?

Viral URI: This sounds like a viral upper respiratory infection, which is common at this time of year. Decongestants (eg, pseudoephedrine) and Ibuprofen are common home remedies. Antibiotics not usually helpful (and may be harmful). A tincture of time is usually therapeutic. See your doctor if cough becomes productive or bloody, if fever returns above 101, if ear congestion turns to pain. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics, steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more


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Dry Cough (Definition)

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