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Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

See MD: See MD or ER. There are a variety of causes. Some benign, some serious. ...Read more

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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Dry cough and runny nose cause fever?

Dry cough and runny nose cause fever?

Not really: I would say that dry cough and runny nose can be associated with fever in the context of an infection (common cold), but cough and runny nose do not actually cause the fever. ...Read more

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Dry coughsore throatchills no feverheadache?

Dry coughsore throatchills no feverheadache?

See doctor: See your doctor to make sure you dont have strep. A throat culture is in ordertake inuprofen for pain. ...Read more

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Cough 5+ days, constant cloudy/yellow phlegm lodged in throat-occasionally cough up. Sore throat, No fever, Dry nose, No smell/taste & Cracking Voice?

Cough 5+ days, constant cloudy/yellow phlegm lodged in throat-occasionally cough up. Sore throat, No fever, Dry nose, No smell/taste & Cracking Voice?

Be assessed: You have many symptoms of a virus or flu but should be examined to make sure you are not presenting with pneumonia or sinus disease. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Burning in lung, dry hacking non-productive cough, congestion. Should i be worried?

Burning in lung, dry hacking non-productive cough, congestion. Should i be worried?

Fever?: You should be worried, are you a smoker? If has not being going for more than 2 or 3 days and there is no fever can wait otherwise see a doc. ...Read more

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2,year vomiting stiky Flem runny nose chesty cough hard chesty breathing feverish constant cough now 4days on getting worse?

2,year  vomiting  stiky Flem runny nose chesty cough  hard chesty breathing  feverish  constant cough    now 4days on  getting worse?

Needs to be seen: I recommend you take your child to your pediatrician, family doctor, or urgent care clinic for an evaluation. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

It could be many: Things . To mention few , postnasal drip , upper respiratory infection . If the symptom gets worse and become persistent , see your doc. If it is easing up and getting better , probably it is nothing and self limited ...Read more

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Itchy throat not sore, dry persistant cough for 4 months, shortness of breath causing me to cough more?

Itchy throat not sore, dry persistant cough for 4 months, shortness of breath causing me to cough more?

Viral: About 85% of sore throats are viral. They can be just as dramatic as their bacterial counterparts. If you're having trouble swallowing, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Bad Headache nausea dry stuffy nose coughing chest congestion dry eyes no fever started with sore throat three days ago?

Bad Headache nausea dry stuffy nose coughing chest congestion dry eyes no fever started with sore throat three days ago?

Sore throats tricky: It's so hard to predict accurately when a sore throat IS NOT a strep throat. Your symptoms SOUND like either viral pharyngitis or allergic, right? But, you could also have strep. I would drink fluids, take a little something to knock the pain down a little, maybe some Motrin, and get a strep test done...you can go to a Minute Clinic or something....but I'd get it done. ...Read more

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Excessively itchy ears nose and throat with a dry gagging cough cough triggered by normal breathing ?

Excessively itchy ears nose and throat with a dry gagging cough cough triggered by normal breathing ?

See below: 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 is suggestive of allergy. Depending on the cause of your allergy, it is likely that an effective treatment is available. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Persistent cough, no pain, red throat, kinda itchy. Japan dry air?

Persistent cough, no pain, red throat, kinda itchy. Japan dry air?

Allergies: You are describing what sounds like allergies with post-nasal drip. You could try a non-drowsy antihistamine such as fexofenadine or loratadine, and/or a cortisone nasal spray such as fluticasone or triamcinolone. These will reduce your itchiness, and reduce your cough if cause by PND. See your doctor to make sure you don't have asthma. ...Read more

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Chest conjestion cough dry stuffy nose pounding headache dry eyes dizzy spells nausea No fever or chills cold flu or allergies?

Chest conjestion cough dry stuffy nose pounding headache dry eyes dizzy spells nausea No fever or chills cold flu or allergies?

See doctor: You did not mention how long these symptoms have been present. If just for a few days, it may just be from a viral infection. If longer than that or getting worse, you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and chronic cough.Why, since i'm nonsmoker?

Sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and chronic cough.Why, since i'm nonsmoker?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include bronchospasm, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. Shortness of breath is a serious symptom that always requires evaluation by a doctor. If your shortness of breath is severe, go to the er today! get an evaluation asap. ...Read more