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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 hav talking induced dry cough that last for several weeks after exposure to cold air, air condition& after influenza infection. Any help about reasons?

I hav talking induced dry cough that last for several weeks after exposure to cold air, air condition& after influenza infection. Any help about reasons?

Reactive airways: Hello Tarek,

Sometimes after a severe respiratory infection, the cough can linger for a few months. The airways can become inflamed and spasm. Certain triggers can cause this to occur including excessive talking, laughing and cold air.

If it persists beyond a couple of months, you should see your local doctor to ensure that there is not another reason for the cough.

Pamela Svendsen, MD ...Read more

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Short of breath while eating, talking and laying down. Feels like something squeezes air out of me. Dry cough when it happens. Non smoker. No anxiety.

Short of breath while eating, talking and laying down. Feels like something squeezes air out of me. Dry cough when it happens. Non smoker. No anxiety.

? Airways problem: Airway hyper-responsiveness, or twitchy airways can be the cause, in other words some sort of asthma. Acid reflux, overweight, physical activity + other triggers can induce symptoms in susceptible patients. A simple peak flow respiratory measurement before and after bronchodilator can give us a clue, or spirometry.At any rate you need to be evaluated by your doctor who would better direct your care ...Read more

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I am having trouble breathing and have a really dry cough that hurts my throat as well as not being able to talk much help?

I am having trouble breathing and have a really dry cough that hurts my throat as well as not being able to talk much help?

Go to ER...: Shortness of breath can be s life-threatening symptom. Possible etiologies for your symptoms include acute bronchitis from viral or bacterial origin, bronchospasm from any etiology, etc. Depending on your other symptoms, the etiology of your shortness of breath can be cardiac, musculoskeletal, pulmonary, etc. You need to go to the er to be diagnosed and then treated. Call 911 if there's no ride! ...Read more

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Can acid reflux be without any symtoms? And can cause dry cough after eating, talking, tired, and lifting things? No cough while sleeping

Can acid reflux be without any symtoms? And can cause dry cough after eating, talking, tired, and lifting things? No cough while sleeping

Yes: Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) can present in many ways. Some people do not experience the "typical" heartburn and regurgitation. They may have cough or get frequent pneumonia in severe cases. If cough is the main symptom it makes sense to start with your PCP or a pulmonary doctor. If either of them is concerned for reflux as a cause of your symptoms they will likely refer you to a GI doctor. ...Read more

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Dry cough/irritation when trying to talk or breathe in for 3 months. Crackling/wheezing when breathing through mouth and nose.?

Dry cough/irritation when trying to talk or breathe in for 3 months. Crackling/wheezing when breathing through mouth and nose.?

Cough: May be a sign of asthma in a bad allergy season if you are not a smoker. Suggest you see a pulmonologist to fully evaluate with breathing tests. Sometimes an ENT evaluation of the vocal cords and nose is needed as well ...Read more

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2 clogged ears sometimes unclog when I tilt my head I have seasonal allergies and a dry cough when I talk/breathe. Stuffy nose at night?

2 clogged ears sometimes unclog when I tilt my head I have seasonal allergies and a dry cough when I talk/breathe. Stuffy nose at night?

Eusthacian tube: Dysfunction. Otc Sudafed will take care of it. Also use such as antihistamin for allergies so the eustachian stays open. ...Read more

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What's the cure for dry cough and vocal and talking hoarseness and sore throat. Why does it happen to singers and what's the home remedy cure for it?

What's the cure for dry cough and vocal and talking hoarseness and sore throat. Why does it happen to singers and what's the home remedy cure for it?

Vocal chord strain: Vocal chord strain requires rest soothing beverages antiinflammatories and proper warmup and vocal exercises. It's basically like a sports injury. Singers are not immune to allergies and post nasal drip, viral pharyngitis or strep throat and if over exerted may be more likely to have a sore throat. If dysphagia or odynophagia present see md. ...Read more

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Dry cough that after 4 months is not subsiding. Normal chest X-ray, comes in the late afternoon/evening, makes speaking tough. Prilosec not working.

Dry cough that after 4 months is not subsiding. Normal chest X-ray, comes in the late afternoon/evening, makes speaking tough. Prilosec not working.

Chronic cough: 3 most common causes of a chronic dry cough - asthma, rhinitis, and gastroesophageal reflux. Chest Xray usually normal in all 3 of these conditions. An allergist/immunologist or a primary care physician can help evaluate and diagnose the 3 most common causes of chronic dry cough. ...Read more

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Can I take Alka-Zelter plus for cold and cough while breastfeeding? If not what can I take for persistent dry cough?

Can I take Alka-Zelter plus for cold and cough while breastfeeding? If not what can I take for persistent dry cough?

Probably not: According to my reference Epocrates. Robitussin (guaifenesin) would be OK to take for your cough. A better choice may be to go see your primary care to see why you have a persistent dry cough. ...Read more

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Persistent dry cough worsen over the wks, worse in the evening/night sometime hard to breath, chest pain from timetotime for 3.5 wks. Should I worry?

Persistent dry cough worsen over the wks, worse in the evening/night sometime hard to breath, chest pain from timetotime for 3.5 wks. Should I worry?

Cough: Cough has many reasons and asthma is one of them. More history is needed. You need to be evaluated by a physician to answer your question. ...Read more

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7M baby on prescribed loratadine with persistent dry cough for 10days, no other symptoms. Coughs ~20 times/day (couple times 2sec each). Few sneezes.

7M baby on prescribed loratadine with persistent dry cough for 10days, no other symptoms. Coughs ~20 times/day (couple times 2sec each). Few sneezes.

Viral?: Coughing is not uncommon after a viral infection (such as a cold) and may last for weeks in some cases. If the cough is triggered by laughing or exertion, asthma needs be ruled out especially when there was a history of eczema or asthma in the mother. Post-nasal drips can cause a cough also but the lack of response to Loratadine makes it a less likely probability. ...Read more

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I have had a persistent dry cough for 10 days. I saw my GP and he said I have a cough/virus and wait 7-10 days. It's not getting better. Thoughts?

I have had a persistent dry cough for 10 days. I saw my GP and he said I have a cough/virus and wait 7-10 days. It's not getting better. Thoughts?

Mgt: Some viral infections are associated with prolonged cough and wheezing/bronchospasm. I would suggest inquiring about this possible cause. If you have symptoms of a bacterial infection, a secondary infection is also possible. If you should spike a fever, then a chest radiograph can be obtained. ...Read more

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What should be done about a persistent, dry cough? I probably had some flu lately without fever. Thanks., rafi.

What should be done about a persistent, dry cough? I probably had some flu lately without fever. Thanks., rafi.

Suggest..: Stop smoking if you do, check your medications as it can be caused by medications such as ace-inhibitors, try dextromethophane otc, and if continues for more than 10 days contact your doctor for evaluation. Things other than "flu" can cause persistent coughing and the list is long especially at your age. ...Read more

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I took Robitussin (guaifenesin) for a persistent dry cough, no luck so I just took nyquil two hours later is that ok?

I took Robitussin (guaifenesin) for a persistent dry cough, no luck so I just took nyquil two hours later is that ok?

Yes: As long as it was plain robitussin, that's fine. If it was Robitussin dm, (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) then you would want to wait at least 4 hours in between the two, because both of those have a cough suppressant in them, and you don't want to double up on the same medication. ...Read more

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What can be cause behind my persistent dry cough?

What can be cause behind my persistent dry cough?

Chronic cough: The possible etiologies of a persistent dry cough include bronchospasm, post-nasal drip, gerd or some combination of these etiologies. Since the treatment of each of these is completely different, it is important that you return to your doctor if a particular treatment doesn't lead to complete resolution of the cough. If even 1 etiology is untreated, the cough will persist. ...Read more

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Can there be a rare condition for persistent dry cough?

Can there be a rare condition for persistent dry cough?

Three most common di: I would think of common diseases before uncommon diseases. The most common causes of a dry cough are post nasal drainage, asthma and acid reflux. Less common causes are a viral bronchitis or a viral pneumonia. See your physician. If the cough has lasted at least three weeks you need a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Persistent dry cough since december dr didn't know what it was saw no signs of infection but gave meds the cough slowed down but is back to constant?

Persistent dry cough since december dr didn't know what it was saw no signs of infection but gave meds the cough slowed down but is back to constant?

See pulmonologist: Since cough medication may suppress the cough but would not fix the underlying cause. I recommend that you consult a pulmonologist. Note that the most common cause for a chronic cough is from post-nasal drips. ...Read more

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A few days ago I was cleaning the bathroom accidentally inhaled the fumes of the bathroom cleaner. Since then I've had a very persistent and dry cough.

Allergy or virus: It's certainly possible you had an allergic reaction to what you inhaled however of you remove the cause of the cough (the cleaner) - it should resolve. Also, keep in mind that this could be incidental and you could have a virus as well. ...Read more

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I have been taking Tamiflu for the last 4 days but now I have an incessant dry cough that just doesn't let up. Not very productive but cant sleep well?

I have been taking Tamiflu for the last 4 days but now I have an incessant dry cough that just doesn't let up. Not very productive but cant sleep well?

Doesn't seem serious: This does not appear to be serious. In fact, this is likely an expected symptom of a resolving flu-like illness. This apparently started very recently, and is your body's way of clearing mucus out of your chest. It should resolve in a few days, but if it gives you too much discomfort, some simple cough medicine should help. You could also see your Dr. If it is still an issue. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Mom has persistent mild dry cough mostly at home. Coughs up to 5-8 times a day. 46 yr, non smoker. Works in cold warehouse. Very worried about cancer?

Mom has persistent mild dry cough mostly at home. Coughs up to 5-8 times a day. 46 yr, non smoker. Works in cold warehouse. Very worried about cancer?

Cough: Cold air is drying to airway. Need to drinks at least 2 quarts of clear fluids per day, wear scarf to keep neck warm. If non-smoker and exposed to carcinogens, cancer unlikely. Get chest x-ray if symptoms persist. If any wheezing, should see her PCP. ...Read more

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What can be the actual cause behind my persistent dry cough?

Many things: There are many things that can cause a persistent dry cough some of which are serious problems. Smoking can lead to a persistent cough so if you are smoking please stop now. Allergies, dry air, infections, medications and heart problems are just some of the things that can cause this. You should have this evaluated by a health care professional. ...Read more

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What could be the real root cause behind my persistent dry cough?

Asthma/other lung dz: Peristent dry cough has many possible causes- including atypical pneumonia, chronic rhintis with post nasal drip is possible- also asthma or COPD which are chronic lung conditions. There are certain meds that can cause dry cough - so if you are on BP meds - check and see if you are on something that causes this. Go see your dr for eval- may do cxr and pft to eval. ...Read more

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Four broken ribs in middle back 7 weeks ago. Pain is gone but now have persistent dry cough and shortness of breath. Is this possibly hemothorax?

Four broken ribs in middle back 7 weeks ago. Pain is gone but now have persistent dry cough and shortness of breath. Is this possibly hemothorax?

Pneumothorax: Your symptoms are unlikely to be a hemathorax (blood in chest cavity) or pneumothorax (air in the chest cavity) though not impossible. With a residual pneumothorax, the symptoms you describe can occur. You should get a chest X-Ray and see your physician to be sure you do not have some partial lung collapse from not deep breathing for a prolonged period of time.




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I am experiencing persistent dry cough since the past two weeks. I have tried war water gargling and take Nyquil Cough suppressant, but the symptom is not improving. Should I see doctor now?

I am experiencing persistent dry cough since the past two weeks. I have tried war water gargling and take Nyquil Cough suppressant, but the symptom is not improving. Should I see doctor now?

You're getting close: Dry coughs are a little less worrisome than productive coughs (when you cough up plegm/sputum...or even blood!) Dry coughs are associated with viral illness, sinus issues, smoking, allergies, asthma, lung irritants, medications, reflux. Really emphasize hydration: water, hot drinks, steamy showers, humidifiers. Use lozenges. Most experts say adults can watch a dry cough for 4-8 weeks before eval. ...Read more

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