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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)

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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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?

Exagerrated reflex: Coughing is a reflex initiated by a message to the brain from the bronchus. If it is initiated too easily you can cough unnecessarily. Commonest cause? High calorie malnutrition, particularly sugar etc. Strange but true! ...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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I have a dry, very itchy cough that wakes me up 5-8 times per night. I think it's allergy-related but I'm already on allergy meds. What should I do?

I have a dry, very itchy cough that wakes me up 5-8 times per night. I think it's allergy-related but I'm already on allergy meds. What should I do?

Chronic cough: It still could be related to your allergies. It could be what is known as cough variant asthma. Go back to see your doctor for further evaluation and testing. Some further medications will likely help significantly. ...Read more

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My daughter has a non stop cough that wakes her up at night.Are there natural remedies for allergical bronchitis? Thank you.

My daughter has a non stop cough that wakes her up at night.Are there natural remedies for allergical bronchitis? Thank you.

Not recommended: Night time cough can be from postnasal drip or asthma. See a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Don't recommend natural remedies. Just because something is natural doesn't make it safe or effective. ...Read more

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I have had allergy problems for weeks now for 2 weeks I am waking up at night coughing and wheezing, I have tried allergy meds along with cough meds?

I have had allergy problems for weeks now for 2 weeks I am waking up at night coughing and wheezing, I have tried allergy meds along with cough meds?

Airway irritation: Airway irritation causes cough before the condition causes wheezes, nighttime awakening is typical, a patient can have common cold or upper respiratory infection with viruses and cough could last for weeks after, another possibility is the development of asthma for any cause either due to allergies or not, astha can develop at any age, antihistamines / cough medicines won't help, need 2 c a doctor. ...Read more

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My 16 mth old has been on singulair (montelukast) for about 2 wkd for allergies and possible asthma.She keeps waking up at night with a horrible cough.Suggestions?

My 16 mth old has been on singulair (montelukast) for about 2 wkd for allergies and possible asthma.She keeps waking up at night with a horrible cough.Suggestions?

Cough in children: There are several things that could be going on. First is that the cough may actually be caused by the singulair (montelukast). Simply stop the medicine and see how she does. Could be her allergies are more than singulair (montelukast) can manage. You can try an anti-histamine like cetirizine. Could be completely unrelated and be reflux. A trial of zantac can sometimes help answer the question. ...Read more

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Lung pain at night and in the morning when i wake up \u0026#40;both lungs\u0026#41;. Smoker. What could it be? No cough, i have hoarseness 4days

Lung pain at night and in the morning when i wake up \u0026#40;both lungs\u0026#41;. Smoker. What could it be? No cough, i have hoarseness 4days

Possibilities...: You may be having bronchospasm which can lead to shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, etc. The cough can lead to musculoskeletal chest discomfort as well as hoarseness. The bronchospasm can be due to post-nasal drip, GERD, asthma, etc. and these disorders can be worse at night, especially in supine position. See your doctor since there is treatment for all of these issues. Quit smoking ASAP! ...Read more

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Left pain in shoulder, arm, and sometimes chest. Comes and goes. Also have dry cough at times. Been happening for two weeks. Bad cold went through house 3 weeks ago but I only coughDoesn't wake me up at night. None smoker. Could this lung cance?

Left pain in shoulder, arm, and sometimes chest.  Comes and goes.  Also have dry cough at times. Been happening for two weeks.  Bad cold went through house 3 weeks ago but I only coughDoesn't wake me up at night.   None smoker.  Could this lung cance?

Not likely: more likely just a cold or viral bronchitis , causing inflammation between ribs[pleuritis] and chest pain with coughing. if very obese or on birth control could be blood clot to lung [short of breath chest pain ] if the heart usually weight on chest feeling, short of breath , numbness into jaw/back down left arm. if pleuritis it is sharp pain with coughing, or if press on area and hurts it is that ...Read more

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Hi I have a question regarding an itchy cough at night. Soon as I fall asleep i wake up with itchy sensation in throat coughing/gagging kinda.

Hi I have a question regarding an itchy cough at night. Soon as I fall asleep i wake up with itchy sensation in throat coughing/gagging kinda.

Itchy throat: Please see your doc to make sure you do't have a condition that may close your throught. After that, consider getting a food sensitivity lab panel. Great Plains Laboratory in Kansas has a good one. Eliminating the offending food(s) can help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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At night while sleeping, i wake up with a racing heart&tons of drainage down throat.I cough after.The fluid&racing heart go handinhand, for months now?

At night while sleeping, i wake up with a racing heart&tons of drainage down throat.I cough after.The fluid&racing heart go handinhand, for months now?

Postnasal drip: Postnasal dripping of mucus while you are recumbent in bed may be caused by excessive dryness or dust collection in your bedroom. I believe that the rapid heart beat is secondary to the nasal dripping and not due to cardiac pathology. Taking an antihistamine like benadryl (diphenhydramine) at bedtime may prevent symptoms but avoid decongestants like Sudafed or neosynephrine nasal spray which accelerate the heart ...Read more

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The last 3 nights I wake up with bad cough and sore throat I have no fever and some cough during the day worse at night ?

The last 3 nights I wake up with bad cough and sore throat I have no fever and some cough during the day worse at night ?

Viral URI: Most likely you have a viral upper respiratory infection. These tend to last 7-10 days before your immune system has cleared it. If you have sinus pressure or pain in your forehead or around your face you may have a sinus infection also. Saltwater gargles and zinc lozenges may help your throat. If symptoms worsen or last longer than 10 days see your Dr. ...Read more

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Just came out of a cold & cough. After shower (at night) cold gets worse & frequent and i wake up with a sore throat, mucus. Lingering cold or gerd?

Cold: Most colds are due to viral infections o the upper respiratory tract , and last 10-14 days. It is common to have a persistent cough afterwards , along with excess mucous production. Gerd is typically associated with heartburn and regurgitation if stomach contents into the esophagus and/or throat. Gerd can get worse with stress as well, such as when you have a cold. ...Read more

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My15m baby w fever runny nose cough,given antipyretic and keflex & actifed syrup,wake at night persistant crying for 2 hours he feels cold then sleep?

My15m baby w fever runny nose cough,given antipyretic and keflex & actifed syrup,wake at night persistant crying for 2 hours he feels cold then sleep?

Pediatric fever: If the baby is not feeding properly, continuously irritable, sleeping excessively, or behaving quite differently than they do normally it would be prudent to have them seen and re-examined by the pediatrician. ...Read more

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I have cough, sore throat, body ache and chills at night but have no fever and when i wake up in the morning, i will feel weak?

I have cough, sore throat, body ache and chills at night but have no fever and when i wake up in the morning, i will feel weak?

Viral infection? : Your symptoms are consistent with a viral infection. Use acetamenifen or Ibuprofen for fever or aches and keep well hydrated. Let your body's immune system do the rest. If your symptoms persist for more than a week, have your doctor check you. If fever occurs let your doctor know. ...Read more

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Coughing, sneezing, sore throat, hoarse voice, dry cough, bad headache, wake up at night coughing and can't fall back asleep and 99.1-99.4 fever?

Coughing, sneezing, sore throat, hoarse voice, dry cough, bad headache, wake up at night coughing and can't fall back asleep and 99.1-99.4 fever?

URI (common cold): Sounds like you're describing an upper respiratory infection or uri. Influenza or flu is accompanied by muscle aches & fever >100. Some describe it as worse cold ever. Strep throat is sore throat w/fever & swollen tonsils w/pus & tender glands w/o cough. Recent study says average duration of cough is 18 days. But if you have any concern for worsening symptoms or shortness of breath, go see doc. ...Read more

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Coughing, stuffy nose, sore throat, hoarse voice, dry cough, bad headache, wake up at night coughing, low-grade fever, nausea, can't sleep?

Coughing, stuffy nose, sore throat, hoarse voice, dry cough, bad headache, wake up at night coughing, low-grade fever, nausea, can't sleep?

Cold symptoms: Sounds like u have a common cold. How long have u had the symptoms. Soem common colds also give u laryngitis, if ur horseness persists u should see ur doctor. Try some warm soups and salt water gargles. ...Read more

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