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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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I have a tickling throat that makes me cough. This happens every night so what I can do about it?

I have a tickling throat that makes me cough. This happens every night so what I can do about it?

Antacids: The most common causes of cough in adult include esophageal reflux and asthma/allergies. You can start by trying an antacid. If that works, then reflux is causing your cough. Also be sure you don't have obstructive sleep apnea, which would wake you up coughing. ...Read more

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Is it possible for cough drops to irritate your throat and cause tickling if overused?

Is it possible for cough drops to irritate your throat and cause tickling if overused?

Avoid menthol: Menthol which is in most drops, feels good and cool at first. But it is drying to the mucosa and will dry your irritated throat. So use glycerin instead. Or black currant. Or pectin containing drops. ...Read more

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There's this tickling feeling in the back of my throat and I constantly cough! How to cure this?

There's this tickling feeling in the back of my throat and I constantly cough! How to cure this?

Antihistamines: The most common reason for having a throat tickle is allergy. You may or may not have runny/itchy eyes & nose with sneezing; but it is worth a try. Daily, non-sedating claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec, or Allegra should do the trick. This may be a seasonal thing, or may be year round. If it is more of a constant thing, then switch your daily antihistamine every 2-3 months to maintain the effect. ...Read more

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Phlegm in back of throat sometimes it feels like something tickling in my throat and sometimes it makes me cough and doesn't go away slight heaache?

Phlegm in back of throat sometimes it feels like something tickling in my throat and sometimes it makes me cough and doesn't go away slight heaache?

Throat problems: Your problems sound as if you need to see a ENT physician. You need to have your throat, lower esophagus, vocal cords and sinuses evaluated to see if a cause for your symptoms can be found and treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Tickling throat that makes me cough happens every night. How do I get rid of this?

Tickling throat that makes me cough happens every night. How do I get rid of this?

? reflux: If this only happens every night when you lay down to go to bed - this sound like it is most likely being caused by gastroesophageal reflux. Would probably be helped most by seeing an ENT doc to look down your throat to see - and if the appearance of your vocal corsds confirms this possibility, then seeing a gastoenterologist for complete work-up and treatment. ...Read more

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My throat has been bothering me for a couple days. There is no pain, just tickling when I clear my throat, a cough and a scratchy voice. Any ideas?

My throat has been bothering me for a couple days. There is no pain, just tickling when I clear my throat, a cough and a scratchy voice. Any ideas?

Inflammation: This could just be inflammation which is usually caused by post-nasal drip whether you can feel it or not. Try rinsing your nose with saline solution using a sinus rinse bottle. Neil-med makes one that works well and can be found in most drug stores and grocery stores. ...Read more

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I have been coughing brown mucus as well as tingling sensation in my chest and throat when I breathe. My cough hurts as well. Is there anything wrong?

I have been coughing brown mucus as well as tingling sensation in my chest and throat when I breathe. My cough hurts as well. Is there anything wrong?

See a doctor: Yes, it sounds like you have a respiratory infection. Given the brown mucus and effects on breathing, it is recommended you follow-up with your physician for further assessment. ...Read more

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I got a 101 fever about 2 weeks ago. That went away after a day but now I have had a dry/slightly phlegmy cough and tingling in my throat ever since.

I got a 101 fever about 2 weeks ago. That went away after a day but now I have had a dry/slightly phlegmy cough and tingling in my throat ever since.

Not sure what your: Question is, but it sounds like you should see your doctor to be examined and diagnosed, so that you can be treated properly and get better. ...Read more

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I've had a bad cough for about 2 weeks now the cough has improved but now I get a painful burning/tingling itch in my throat that causes me to gag/cry?

I've had a bad cough for about 2 weeks now the cough has improved but now I get a painful burning/tingling itch in my throat that causes me to gag/cry?

Allergy / infection?: Is it dry cough? That could be as an allergic reaction to meds of foods, if there are mucus, then it could be a slight chest and throat infection that may need antibiotics and meds to loosen mucus. ...Read more

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Getting tingling sensation in throat more on left side causing cough and throw up after every meal. Constantly clearing throat. Please advice?

Getting tingling sensation in throat more on left side causing cough and throw up after every meal. Constantly clearing throat. Please advice?

Reflux: You are experiencing reflux. Eat smaller meals and do not drink so much water at one time. Avoid acidic foods. Try Zantac (ranitidine) or Prilosec over the counter twice a day and you will be feeling better soon. Feel better! ...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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Have a pain under my left shoulder blade that hurts when I cough or clear throat. The pain radiates down arm with little finger tingling?

Have a pain under my left shoulder blade that hurts when I cough or clear throat. The pain radiates down arm with little finger tingling?

Pinched nerve: Because patients having cardiac problems can have these symptoms, you should have this ruled out. But the most common cause is an irritation of a nerve in the neck by a bone spur or herniation that can cause pain or numbness that runs down the arm into the hand. An MRI can usually show the cause of the problem if it does not resolve. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Why do I have chronic back pain in my spine neck shoulders tingling and twitching of my toe on my left side and it hurts when I cough?

Why do I have chronic back pain in my spine neck shoulders tingling and twitching of my toe on my left side and it hurts when I cough?

Back ; Neck?: Sounds like you have both neck problems that may be contributing to your shoulders and back problems causing your toes to tingle. Recommend seeing a spine specialist to evaluate these options further. ...Read more

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I have milk layer in mouth, body pain, stiff neck, some times tingling feeling in body, no fever or cough for almost 1 month. Any suggestions?

I have milk layer in mouth, body pain, stiff neck, some times tingling feeling in body, no fever or cough for almost 1 month. Any suggestions?

Does not sound good: The "milk layer" in your mouth suggests thrush (fungus) and this is not a good sign in adult unless specific cause is known such as recent antibiotic and/or steroid/inhaler use etc. Immunosuppressive state such as HIV is a cause of concern. Since you have symptoms for about 1 month now, it is time to consult doc to find out what is causing your trouble. Good luck. ...Read more

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Started taking 25 mg of Luvox 5 days ago and have been experiencing tightness in chest, neck, shoulder and back ache, cough, numbness and tingling in arms. Woke up first night and had sudden neck pain and squeezing in chest. Has been more mild since?

Started taking 25 mg of Luvox 5 days ago and have been experiencing tightness in chest, neck, shoulder and back ache, cough, numbness and tingling in arms. Woke up first night and had sudden neck pain and squeezing in chest. Has been more mild since?

UnpleasantSideEffect: All these symptoms started after you started taking Luvox. That means you are not able to tolerate the drug. I will call the prescribing doctor/psychiatrist and discuss your symptoms and may be a change of medication ...Read more

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I can't stop coughing have also runny nose and I'm stopped up of morning now have tickle in throat won't stop dry cough?

I can't stop coughing have also runny nose and I'm stopped up of morning now have tickle in throat won't stop dry cough?

Antihistamine: Try OTC Antihistamine like Loratadine etc and keep an eye on the color of secretions if these turn to dark yellow or green you will need Antibiotics. Also try Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM for further symptomatic relief especially if difficulty with bringing up the sputum or significant cough. ...Read more

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I have this bad tickle in my throat that makes me cough until it's gone. Also gives me watery eyes. What can cause this and how to stop it?

I have this bad tickle in my throat that makes me cough until it's gone. Also gives me watery eyes. What can cause this and how to stop it?

Allergies: The tickle in your throat may be caused by a pos nasal drip which is due to allergies. Likewise, the allergies may be affecting your eyes. Try over the counter antihistamines for your nose and eye drop specifically made for allergies, but in the meantime make an appointment with an allergist. Incidentally cold could also give similar symptoms so see the doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Does aciphex (rabeprazole) heartburn meds (or a generic equivalent) cause coughing and tickling in the throat?

Probably not: Any medication could potentially cause any side effect. The ones you mentioned are not common for antacids. However, acid reflux can cause coughing and a tickle in the throat. So, it may be the underlying condition rather than the medication which is causing the symptoms. ...Read more

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Last night before bed, I started to cough. Now all day today, I can't stop coughing! No other symptoms besides a ticklish throat. I have asthma & allergies & received a flu shot. What could this be?

Last night before bed, I started to cough. Now all day today, I can't stop coughing! No other symptoms besides a ticklish throat. I have asthma & allergies & received a flu shot. What could this be?

Lots of things: Could be asthma, post nasal drip down the back of throat, or a virus, or a way some people present from reflux. If over the counter cough medicines don't help and keeping a cool mist humidifier by your bed, see your doctor (assuming you tried using your asthma medication). ...Read more

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I have cough that lasts for about 3 minutes and I simply can't stop coughing due to the tickly feeling in my throat. What is this?

I have cough that lasts for about 3 minutes and I simply can't stop coughing due to the tickly feeling in my throat. What is this?

Cough: Most common causes for persistent cough include 1) gastric reflux 2) postnasal drip 3) undiagnosed asthma 4) medication side effect. We are able to successfully treat most cases of persistent cough by focusing on these possibilities. A few screening tests are also warranted (such as a chest xray) and so seeing your physician is important. If new cough, then likely viral: hydrate, rest, eat well ...Read more

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Can cough cause throat chest feel rAw n burning n cause u to cough more n what can I do can't stop coughing cause throst I think?

Can cough cause throat chest feel rAw n burning n cause u to cough more n what can I do can't stop coughing cause throst I think?

Respiratory infectio: Sound like you may have infection in the respiratory tract, you need physical exam and medicines could be used to make you feel better. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had post nasal drip w occassional cough but now I can't stop cough all day long due 2 pnd w throat itch. Wat to take if hbp?

I've had post nasal drip w occassional cough but now I can't stop cough all day long due 2 pnd w throat itch. Wat to take if hbp?

Saline: Try the the simple things first. Start with nasal sinus irrigation twice a day (a saline flush available over the counter) also try Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm which will loosen the phleghm and help with the cough. You can also add an over the counter antihistamine like claritin. If these don't work then you will need to be seen. ...Read more

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Sore throat and dry cough at night what can I take? Cough keeps me up can't stop coughing due to my throat

Sore throat and dry cough at night what can I take? Cough keeps me up can't stop coughing due to my throat

Cough...: It sounds as if you may be describing a post-nasal drip, which causes the itchy, scratchy throat and dry cough by stimulating cough receptors at the back of the throat. If an older child (> 12 years old) or adult, may try an otc decongestant and cough suppressant, usually with dextromethorphan. Throat lozenges, humidifiers, topical Vicks and offering warm liquids will also help;. ...Read more

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My voice keeps going hoarse on and off and I can’t stop clearing my throat which has prob irritated it more. Loose cough after meals and waking up?

My voice keeps going hoarse on and off and I can’t stop clearing my throat which has prob irritated it more. Loose cough after meals and waking up?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. What you described suggests reflux of gastric contents. You may try over the counter antacids, but would be better off seeing a doctor.
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I have a cough from a cold, & since I woke up I haven't stopped coughing. There's a constant tickle in the back of my throat. Could this be serious?

I have a cough from a cold, & since I woke up I haven't stopped coughing. There's a constant tickle in the back of my throat. Could this be serious?

Doctor can check: A person who cannot stop coughing needs to be evaluated and treated, by her doctor. Coughing should not be nonstop. Her doctor can examine her to see if there is something wrong in her throat, such as an unusual swelling. Her doctor can check the lungs to see if there is bronchospasm (which can be helped by inhalers), or any croupy barky symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm keep getting a tickle in my throat that makes me cough at any time in the day or night I haven't been sick or getting sick what could it b worried?

I'm keep getting a tickle in my throat that makes me cough at any time in the day or night I haven't been sick or getting sick what could it b worried?

Lotsa Possibilities:: Think about your environment: second-hand smoke? Local air pollution? working with any chemicals (at work, at home)? dry air (low humidity)? work in an office (ventilation; fans; new furniture; housekeeping)? dusty air? pollen in the air? Raining frogs?? Next might be your diet and/or nocturnal reflux. Postnasal drip. There are other (uncommon) possibilities, but start thinking about these first. ...Read more

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I have had a tickle in my throat for a week or so now and don't know what is causing it. I don't cough or anything else just feel like there is fluid?

I really wish: That I could help you figure out what it is without an exam. Sadly we just aren't there yet with technology. If you can spare the time, try and get seen in person. There are many possibilities from completely benign but annoying to more serious like asthma. If you are a singer you might have a polyp on your vocal cord, although that would be rare in a young person. A simple throat exam should help ...Read more

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Why does my throat tickle and make me cough?

Why does my throat tickle and make me cough?

Throat itching: Greetings. The throat itching may be from an allergic reaction. Your airway is obviously stable and I'm assuming swallowing is normal. An antihistamine such as Claritin, Allegra or Zyrtec may help. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will work fastest but may cause drowsiness. See your doctor. Testing for foods in your diet as well as anything new to your environment should be targeted for evaluation. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I have been waking every night for the last few months about 4 times with a tickle in the same place at the side of my throat that makes me cough?

See below: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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