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Scratchy Throat Dry Cough
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
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
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.
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
Scratchy/sore throat, mostly dry cough, loss of voice, temp of 99.5 for two days, no mucus activity, slightly plugged ears. Is this a common cold?
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
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
If you have a soar, scratchy, dry throat with a dry cough and a head and stomach ache what could you have?
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
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.
9 year son has a rash over body stomach back and face runny nose dry cough head scratchy throat worried it chicken pox/measles?
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
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
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?
Lack of saliva: Call your dentist/medical doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
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
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
Tickle/itchy throat causing slight dry cough several times a day. No cough at night on and off for 2 weeks. Worse when I think about it. Help!
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
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
Is there any type of allergy that causes dry cough & itching & itchy feeling at the end of throat that makes me cough?
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
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
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
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?
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
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
Hello, I have dry cough, itchy throat and gagging cough. No sickness or aches or fever. Had the cough for 2 months now. Once in a while hoarse voice?
URI: Should be evaluated by physician.Get a more detailed answer ›
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