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Every night a tickly cough wakes me up. I don't cough at all during the day, only at night when I sleep. What could it be?

Every night a tickly cough wakes me up. I don't cough at all during the day, only at night when I sleep. What could it be?

PN drips ?: Postnasal drips are the likely cause but one needs to consider reflux which worsens when you lie down. Ask your doctor to check your nose and throat to find out if there is any inflammation. ...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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I seem to get a cough while sleeping at night that wakes me up. It is a tickle in my throat? What is going on?

I seem to get a cough while sleeping at night that wakes me up. It is a tickle in my throat? What is going on?

Possibilities....: Possibilities include post-nasal drip and gerd, both of which can cause bronchospasm that worsens when you lie down. The treatment for these is different so you need an evaluation by your doctor to determine if you have either of these. ...Read more

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Have got a very catchy cough started with green thick goo now white froth been going for about 4 weeks now, will wake me up at night & continue by day?

Have got a very catchy cough started with green thick goo now white froth been going for about 4 weeks now, will wake me up at night & continue by day?

Treat: Green sputum means immune cells got involved with your infection. Now the mucous is being produced as part of inflammation. The cough is to bring up this junk. You now prob have reactive airway disease cuz your lungs think they need to keep producing sputum. They don't. Get an xray, you may need a short blast of steroids and an inhaler. Get it chked out. ...Read more

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I sometimes get a light dry cough but its only at night usually and I'm usually fine when I wake up next morning. What is this?

I sometimes get a light dry cough but its only at night usually and I'm usually fine when I wake up next morning. What is this?

No cause for alarm: 18 year old male asks, "I sometimes get a light cough but its only at night usually and I'm usually fine when I wake up next morning. What is this?" Could be a number of things like; Allergies with Post Nasal drips, sleeping with direct fan or air conditioner blowing directly at the person. However if one is fine in the morning, there is probably no cause for alarm. ...Read more

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Non productive cough an hour after waking that has been going on for atleast a month and will sometimes hapoen at night too.Why?

Non productive cough an hour after waking that has been going on for atleast a month and will sometimes hapoen at night too.Why?

See a doctor: This can be from a wide variety of conditions, including post-nasal drip, acid reflux, and so on . You need to be seen to be diagnosed. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have cough that wont go away,and its hard for me to breathe, i feel like its getting worst at night, and it wake me up in the morning.

I have cough that wont go away,and its hard for me to breathe, i feel like  its getting worst at night, and it wake me up in the morning.

Chronic cough: You may have reactive airway disease or asthma. You may also have upper respiratory tract allergies with post-nasal drip when you lie down which irritate your throat and cause coughing. Try an antihistamin to see if it helps. If the cough is productive of phlegm and there is fever, you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Every morning my girlfriend wakes up with a cough and it continues until she pukes, then she feels better. Then again at night time. Any ideas?

Every morning my girlfriend wakes up with a cough and it continues until she pukes, then she feels better. Then again at night time.  Any ideas?

See her doctor: She should see her doctor. There are numerous possible causes of cough. The tobacco use is concerning and she should stop smoking. Sinus infections, allergies, and non-infectious non-allergy sinus inflammation are all common causes of coughing due to post-nasal drip. Gastric reflux also commonly causes coughing especially at night while laying flat. Serious infections need to be ruled out too ...Read more

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Dry cough from lungs at night waking me up?

See doctor...: Possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or even a combination of factors. Once the etiology of your cough is identified, it can be treated since each of these has a different treatment. So, see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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