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I've got a dry/tickling cough that's persistent enough that every breath I take can trigger it. What's the best thing I can do to break it?

I've got a dry/tickling cough that's  persistent enough that every breath I take can trigger it. What's the best thing I can do to break it?

It depends on why: you have the cough. If you cough every time you take a breath, then it is pretty serious. If you have bronchitis, you need to be seen by healthcare provider to get proper treatment. Some cough drops (e.g. Ricola) or cough syrup can help. If you cough because you have severe acid reflux, or cancer, or runny nose/allergies, then you should treat the underlying condition first. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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Lisinopril hctz (hydrochlorothiazide). For a couple months now I have been having a cough, but only at night. It is kinda like a dry tickling cough. Do I need med change?

Lisinopril hctz (hydrochlorothiazide). For a couple months now I have been having a cough, but only at night. It is kinda like a dry tickling cough. Do I need med change?

Lisinopril: def has cough as a side effect. Talk to your doctor before changing or stopping. But the only way to know if it's the med. Is by stopping ...Read more

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Have dry, tickling cough attacks in the night, tight lungs/chest, and hoarseness. What is this, and how should I treat it?

Have dry, tickling cough attacks in the night, tight lungs/chest, and hoarseness. What is this, and how should I treat it?

Could be asthma: Symptoms of cough that occur in cold air or at night could signal some mild asthma or allergies developing. See is being in warm bathroom with shower running to create a spa affect, try an over the counter antihistamine and if that does not help you should see your doctor. ...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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5 months dry cough up right lung pain tingling fingers & toes. Headache around temple, jaw clenching chest xray CT scan pft with challenge ideas ?

5 months dry cough up right lung pain tingling fingers & toes. Headache around temple, jaw clenching chest xray CT scan pft with challenge ideas ?

See doctor: Hyperventilation from the anxiety may be causing your tingling and headache. Need to see dentist re. A device to wear at night to protect your jaws and teeth. However , the dry cough is another issue. Do you have any nasal or acid reflux symptoms? ...Read more

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Will a dry tickly cough stop me having an anaesthetic ?

Will a dry tickly cough stop me having an anaesthetic ?

Not quite: But pre anesthesia evaluation may evaluate your respiratory capacity if COPD is present depending on the risk of the procedure or may try to evaluate the cause of he cough if not apparent prior to an elective procedure ...Read more

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Have this dry and tickly cough for 2 Weeks and have tried 4 difference cough mixtures to no avail. Please advise?

Have this dry and tickly cough for 2
Weeks and have tried 4 difference cough mixtures to no avail. Please advise?

ENT & GI evaluation?: This may be LPR? Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for recurrent dry cough unresponsive to anti-tussives, chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, & even a higher risk of throat cancer. ...Read more

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I be had a tickly cough now for 3-4 weeks its a very dry cough at times but it started to go bout 1 week ago and now into the 4th week any ideas?

I be had a tickly cough now for 3-4 weeks its  a very dry cough at times but it started to go bout 1 week ago and now into the 4th week any ideas?

This is going: To have to wind up with your doctor or urgent care, but do you smoke? Fever? You need a physical exam and a chest x-ray. I'd try an otc anti-tussive with dextromethorphan until you decide to go for help. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do for a tickle causing a bad cough. My wife has asthma and the tickly cough has lasted a few days?

What is the best thing to do for a tickle causing a bad cough. My wife has asthma and the tickly cough has lasted a few days?

See doctor: The tickle may be from post-nasal drips (most people with allergic asthma also has allergic rhinitis), sinusitis, or even reflux. Or it may just be a sign of an inflamed airway leading to worsening in her asthma. It's time to see her doctor. ...Read more