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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.

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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