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I have a very scratchy throat dry cough and fatigue no fever, is it something I should worry about what's causing it and what can I do or take?

I have a very scratchy throat dry cough and fatigue no fever, is it something I should worry about what's causing it and what can I do or take?

Sore throat: Difficult to know what is going on without further history and physical exam. It sounds superficially as if you may have a mild viral infection. If it persists consider going to see your family doctor and being evaluated. Hope this clears up soon. ...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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I've had a scratchy throat and dry cough for a month. I wake up without a voice, it comes back, then starts to go again by night time.

I've had a scratchy throat and dry cough for a month. I wake up without a voice, it comes back, then starts to go again by night time.

Maybe GERD: This may be gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux into the back of the throat); this can especially occur at night. You could try over the counter "acid blockers" like pepcid/omeprazole for a few weeks and see if it helps. ...Read more

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Scratchy throat, fever, rattling chest, dry cough, red eyes swollen lymph nodes and body aches?

Scratchy throat, fever, rattling chest, dry cough, red eyes swollen lymph nodes and body aches?

Many conditions: From your description, this may be an influenza infection, or another respiratory infection. Your PCP may screen you for the flu and start Tamiflu (oseltamivir) within 48 hrs as indicated. A strep screen may also be performed at the same time.
Typically viral illness self resolve within 10 days. ...Read more

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A bit sick. Somewhat irritated scratchy throat. My head hurt when I bend my head toward ground. Dry cough. Slight pain where scapula is? Not strep.

A bit sick. Somewhat irritated scratchy throat. My head hurt when I bend my head toward ground. Dry cough. Slight pain where scapula is? Not strep.

Viral: If you have had a throat swab and it was negative for both the quick id and throw culture then this is most likely a viral illness. It even could be the flu. ...Read more

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Help plz. What can I take? 3 days dry cough only at night time. I can't sleep & I'm coughing all nite with an scratchy throat. Started with runny nose

Help plz. What can I take? 3 days dry cough only at night time. I can't sleep & I'm coughing all nite with an scratchy throat. Started with runny nose

See a dr.: Hard to say what might be causing your symptoms- allergies in air, detergent used on your pillow cases or sheets, etc. You may need to have an allergy test or it could be something else that needs to be determined by a visit to the dr. ...Read more

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I have a sore scratchy throat, my voice is gone, a dry cough and runny nose. I have been taking nyquil and dayquil, nothing is working. What can I d?

I have a sore scratchy throat, my voice is gone, a dry cough and runny nose. I have been taking nyquil and dayquil, nothing is working. What can I d?

Wait, rest, hydrate: Right now many viral upper respiratory infections are 'going around'! nyquil & dayquil both just treat the symptoms. Your body has to develop antibodies to this new viral intruder to your body. The only cure is to wait and help your body heal.
Anti-biotics will not treat a viral respiratory infection. A statistic: over 50% of anti-biotics written in usa are unnecessary. Hope u r better soon! ...Read more

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I have a scratchy throat, sore throat, hoarse voice, chest pain, nasal congestion, dry cough and it's not going out, it is been for 1 week already.

I have a scratchy throat, sore throat, hoarse voice, chest pain, nasal congestion, dry cough and it's not going out, it is been for 1 week already.

Viral URI: If you develop fever, chills, difficulty breathing or other systemic symptoms go and see a doctor. Otherwise you have a "cold" and should recover withing a week or so. Hope sooner. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do I have cold or sinus infection? Runny/stuffy nose, itchy scratchy throat, top right teeth seem sore, and my front right tooth has become super sensitive to temperature over night, now I seem to be feeling very cold, a dry cough and very chapped lips

Do I have cold or sinus infection? Runny/stuffy nose, itchy scratchy throat, top right teeth seem sore, and my front right tooth has become super sensitive to temperature over night, now I seem to be feeling very cold, a dry cough and very chapped lips

Maybe both: But usually when sinuses get infected the upper teeth become sore, the infection in the sinus can creat pressure which can push against the root of the teeth hence the sensitivity and soreness. The rest of your question I hope an md can answer! Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Scratchy sore throat, runny nose, dry cough worse at night and in heat. 2 day history. Just traveled with friends on a cruise ship who all have similar sx's. Drinking lots of OJ and taking Vitamin C and resting. Thinking that it is just cold a cold, howev

Scratchy sore throat, runny nose, dry cough worse at night and in heat. 2 day history. Just traveled with friends on a cruise ship who all have similar sx's. Drinking lots of OJ and taking Vitamin C and resting. Thinking that it is just cold a cold, howev

Likely a cold: Controversy exists about vitC supplements for a cold. Taking the suggested amount (and not more) is safe. Warning signs that should prompt one to see a physician are sudden worsening of the throat pain, enlarging lymph nodes, persistent fever, any resultant breathing difficulty, sinus pressure after 14 days that is not improving, and suddenly getting worse after a period of improvement. ...Read more

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What is this - jetlag, sneezing, itchy throat, dry cough, chills, temp is 37C, sore scalp, nasal drip, a lil fatigue, loose stool, no body pain?

What is this - jetlag, sneezing, itchy throat, dry cough, chills, temp is 37C, sore scalp, nasal drip, a lil fatigue, loose stool, no body pain?

So far: So far it sounds like a cold of which there are many types. If you go on to get fever and body aches it could be a flu. If you develop watery diarrhea it may be the norovirus or rotovirus. ...Read more

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What would cause dry, scratchy throat and coughing while talking?

What would cause dry, scratchy throat and coughing while talking?

Lack of saliva: Call your dentist/medical doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I 'm 4 months pregnant with a horrible dry cough, stuffy nose, sneezing, scratchy throat is so bad hard to swallow, body aches, for 5 days. Wht can I do?

I 'm 4 months pregnant with a horrible dry cough, stuffy nose, sneezing, scratchy throat is so bad hard to swallow, body aches, for 5 days. Wht can I do?

See doctor: You need to see your doctor for an evaluation. Your doctor may recommend certain interventions once evaluation is completed. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough and itchy throat. Is there any remedy or cure to recover.?

I have a dry cough and itchy throat. Is there any remedy or cure to recover.?

Possibly: This may be allergy exacerbation. If you have no contraindications you can try an otc antihistamine to see if it helps. If not you should see your primary ...Read more

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I'm having a dry cough accompanied with itchy throat what is over-the-counter med for these?

See a physician: You should consult a physician. You did not mention what triggers your cough. You may be suffering from allergies and postnasal drip. Allergy medication like antihistamine and nasal spray and neti potty sinus rinse can help. Consult a physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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I have a dry itchy throat followed by a persistent dry cough with a cough followed by phelgm at night... I am not sick?

I have a dry itchy throat followed by a persistent dry cough with a cough followed by phelgm at night... I am not sick?

Possibilities...: Possible etiologies include post-nasal drip, gerd, allergy, bronchospasm or even a combination of these factors. Each if these has a different treatment so you may need to see your doctor so a diagnosis can be made and treatment rendered, especially if these symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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I have dry cough and itchy throat. What should I do?

I have dry cough and itchy throat. What should I do?

Allergies: Itching in the roof of your mouth is a sign of some type of allergy, maybe to something you use right before bed or when you wake up.
Toothpaste or mouth wash?
You might try some otc Claritin (loratadine) to see if this helps. If not then see you pcp and see of you need an allergy test of the allergist consult.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do I always have a tickle in my throat? Dry cough

Why do I always have a tickle in my throat? Dry cough

Post nasal drip: It could be several things. The most common are allergies and reflux. Both cause post-nasal drainage, which could lead to dry non-productive cough. That tickle often causes frequent throat clearing. Get checked by an ENT specialist who is best equipped to help with this problem. ...Read more

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I'm recovering from a cold & I have a very dry, scratchy & irritated throat. As well as a mild dry cough. Any treatment options?

I'm recovering from a cold & I have a very dry, scratchy & irritated throat. As well as a mild dry cough. Any treatment options?

Yes: There is a good OTC prep for dry throat. It is formulated as a gargle, spray, and toothpaste. It frequently helps. Try it, you may like it. It's name is Biotene. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 8 months ago yet I still cough. I do live with smokers, is this why I cough? I finds my throat dry n scratchy. I'm not sick what is it

I quit smoking 8 months ago yet I still cough. I do live with smokers, is this why I cough? I finds my throat dry n scratchy. I'm not sick what is it

Persistent inflammation: Although you quit 8 months ago, you still have persistent inflammation from years of smoking. In addition ongoing exposure to secondhand smoke is a problem. You should try to avoid this. It may take more time to improve. But you are doing yourself a big favor and helping avoid complications from long-term smoking such as lung disease and cancer. See a doctor if cough or throat irritation persists. ...Read more

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Itchy throat and dry cough for a month. On omeprazole 20mg for a week not sure if helping. I feel generally fine what's wrong with me?

Itchy throat and dry cough for a month. On omeprazole 20mg for a week not sure if helping. I feel generally fine what's wrong with me?

Throat irritation: The description of your symptoms is suggestive of environmental allergies. This would not be improved with Omeprazole. You may consider taking OTC anti-histamine such as Zyrtec or Claritin (loratadine) for a couple of weeks and evaluate your symptoms for improvement. If no progress, see your doctor for a more thorough work up. ...Read more

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At night when I lay down I start getting a itchy throat and a dry cough why is that it's just nights is this a bad thing should I see a doctor?

At night when I lay down I start getting a itchy throat and a dry cough why is that it's just nights is this a bad thing should I see a doctor?

Not a bad thing: But need to see your doctor, airway inflammation, reflux, sinusitis, rhinitis, all those could be the cause for your symptoms, your doctor would be able to decide on management, good luck ...Read more

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My throat is itchy and I have a bad dry cough with sore tight chest?

My throat is itchy and I have a bad dry cough with sore tight chest?

Dry cough: Given that you have provided us with no information about yourself, not even your age, let alone any medical history or medications, you may have environmental allergies, gastric reflux or pharyngobronchial infection. You may try OTC antihistamine and PPI to see if you have relief as well as keep well hydrated. If no improvement after a few days, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have lumps under my chin, dry cough and itchy throat and mouth hurts

I have lumps under my chin, dry cough and itchy throat and mouth hurts

Lymph nodes swollen: The lumps under your chin are probably lymph nodes which are used by your body to help fight infection. You should see your primary care doctor for an evaluation. These all could amount to a viral infection or strep throat or other. Your primary care doctor can evaluated you and perform the necessary tests/cultures, etc. ...Read more

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Temp 96.5 slight dry cough got GERD hard to eat how do I know if it's pneumonia keep thinking I inhaled food I have really bad anxiety but throat dry?

Temp 96.5 slight dry cough got GERD hard to eat how do I know if it's pneumonia keep thinking I inhaled food I have really bad anxiety but throat dry?

How? By an exam!: You need a doctor to examine you. Then, if you need a Rx, you need to follow directions exactly and gert well. Doing the right stuff is a good way to lower anxiety and risk of damage to your young body. Best! ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Dry Cough (Definition)

Dry cough is a non-productive cough in which sputum/ ...Read more