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Non Productive Cough
Possibilities....: There are many possible causes of a non-productive cough including throat irritation, bronchospasm, medication side effect, post-nasal drip, GERD, etc. In turn, there are many conditions that can cause bronchospasm like asthma, COPD, CHF, etc. Treatment depends on the diagnosis so see your doctor so that your cough can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more
Productive cough is a symptom in which a person feels there is mucus coming up from his chest when he coughs. Sometimes, a person mistakenly believes the mucus is coming from the chest when it is actually dripping down from the nose and throat. True mucus or phlegm (infected mucousy material) can be ...Read more
Your doctor can help: Safe, and usually low dose, use of serotonin-active antidepressants, or possibly the medication Buspirone can be very helpful for this problem. It might be a form of obsessive compulsive disorder, however, which may require more in-depth treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find the cause: There are varied causes of nonproductive cough. Most common is allergic rhinitis, but not far behind is an undiagnosed asthma or reactive airways. Then there is gerd, and there is even a parasite that can cause it (called in perpetual copulation state, lol) found in the upper airway, but rare. Treating the cause is the best. Use of cough suppressant is resorted to for comfort. So go to your md. ...Read more
Causes of Cough.: Most common causes of cough include asthma, upper airway cough syndrome (post-nasal drip), reflux, chronic bronchitis (typically in smokers), medications (such as lisinopril). Your doctor should discuss your symptoms in detail to determine which of theses may be contributing to your cough. You may need pulmonary function test if asthma is a possible cause based on your symptoms. ...Read more
Woke up this morning with a non productive cough and just below my ribs on both sides hurt when I cough. Is that anything to be concerned about?
I have been coughing to the point of gagging, it makes me incontinent and keeps me up at night. It is a dry non productive cough.
Dry cough: I used to think a cough without fever was no big deal until I cracked a rib from a really hard dry persistent cough. Yours may be related to asthma, pertussis, a recent illness, allergy, ACE-inhibitors, smoking (if you smoke, stop now), or other causes. Rarely cough is related to a type of heart disease. See your doctor for pulmonary function test and chest X-ray to start. ...Read more
Yes...: Reflux can cause bronchospasm which, in turn, can cause coughing. The treatment entails treating the reflux aggressively as well as bronchodilators and steroid inhalers for the bronchospasm until the reflux is under good control. Your doctor can diagnose and treat this so see your doctor so therapy can be instituted asap. ...Read more
What could cause sharp stinging pain in center of chest after a cough? Only lasts a minute or 2 but reoccurrs after every cough. Non productive cough
Musculoskeletal...: Pain as you describe is likely musculoskeletal pain related to coughing. The chest wall has muscles, cartilage and bone and these structures can be injured when coughing. For example, muscle strain/sprain, cartilage inflammation, rib bruise or even fracture can occur with coughing. When the cough resolves, this will heal so see your doctor for cough treatment. ...Read more
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