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Non productive cough when nervous. How to supress?

Non productive cough when nervous. How to supress?

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 more

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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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If I have a non-productive cough, what could it be?

If I have a non-productive cough, what could it be?

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

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Can you tell me about non-productive cough. what could it be?

Can you tell me about non-productive cough. what could it be?

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

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I've got terrible non-productive cough. Any known remedies that really work?

I've got terrible non-productive cough. Any known remedies that really work?

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

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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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Can silent reflux cause chronic non-productive cough?

Can silent reflux cause chronic non-productive cough?

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

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How can I stop a bad cough- non-smoker - non productive cough - lasted 6 days

Wait a bit: Sometimes these coughs can take time to go away. Mucinex (guaifenesin) can help sometimes, too. But, be patient. Hopefully it will go away. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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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.

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

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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?

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?

Mgt: If the pain only occurs with a cough, most likely the pain is caused by muscular-skeletal pain. I would suggest a heating pad and Motrin. If it continues, or is associated with respiratory difficulty, a follow up appt is indicated. ...Read more

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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

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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Productive Cough (Definition)

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