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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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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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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

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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

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I have had a sore throat dry cough fatigue and a swelling in my neck for two weeks and its not getting better what can this be?

I have had a sore throat dry cough fatigue and a swelling in my neck for two weeks and its not getting better what can this be?

Infection: Could be flu, could be a bacterial infection needing antibiotics, could be a viral infection which antibiotics would not help. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, dry cough, and inflamed taste buds. I eat cough drops like candy, when I don't my throat is dry and irritated.?

I have a sore throat, dry cough, and inflamed taste buds. I eat cough drops like candy, when I don't my throat is dry and irritated.?

Dark brown honey: Cold Eze (zinc) lozenges, warm water gargles, Tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed. Cough drops are useless. But some Robitusssin DM, or a generic equivalent. Gradma's tea and honey, nice warm chicken soupnd ...Read more

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How come I am experiencing a sore throat, dry cough, heavy chest, dizzy head?

How come I am experiencing a sore throat, dry cough, heavy chest, dizzy head?

? Flu symptoms: May be you are coming down with flu/ some viral illness. Time to go to your doctor get checked. ...Read more

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5th week of preg, 2 days with sore throat & dry cough. Cough is getting worse at night during sleep. Will this harm my babies? Pls help. Tq.

5th week of preg, 2 days with sore throat & dry cough. Cough is getting worse at night during sleep. Will this harm my babies? Pls help. Tq.

ACUTE BRONCHITIS: Most probably not. It is a short attack of dry coughing episodes which can be viral or allergic in nature. ...Read more

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Found a bit of blood in my mucus, is this normal? I've had a cold or flu for about 5 days now. Symptoms include sore throat, dry cough, minor fever.

Found a bit of blood in my mucus, is this normal? I've had a cold or flu for about 5 days now. Symptoms include sore throat, dry cough, minor fever.

Mgt/workup: Sometimes during a viral illness there can be bleeding from small vessels which lining the nose, throat and airways. The blood may be from the uppper airway rather than the lungs. If it continues or increases, please have a medical evaluation and TB testing. Nasal saline, gentle nasal rinse and throat lozenges may alleviate the symptoms. ...Read more

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Low HIV exposure 1m ago. Symptoms chronologically : persistent mild to high fever (10d)->swollen lymph gland->strep throat->dry cough. Can this be HIV?

Low HIV exposure 1m ago. Symptoms chronologically : persistent mild to high fever (10d)->swollen lymph gland->strep throat->dry cough. Can this be HIV?

Acute HIV: Your symptoms are nonspecific and could simply suggest a viral syndrome. However, these are also symptoms of acute HIV seroconversion, and if you had a risk exposure (not sure what you mean by "low") then you should definitely get tested. ...Read more

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Started out with chilis, fever, then stuffy nose, sore throat, dry cough, and green/yellow mucus, 7days now&throat hurts worse and more coughing, go to doc?

Started out with chilis, fever, then stuffy nose, sore throat, dry cough, and green/yellow mucus, 7days now&throat hurts worse and more coughing, go to doc?

Cold/flu?: If sore throat is worst they (dr.) may check it for streptococcus and give you an antibiotic and or xylocaine gel to anesthetize it. Cepacol lozenges. Otherwise, supportive otc meds (mucinex (guaifenesin) dm for cough etc), gales salt & water. ...Read more

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What can I do for a cold at home. Feeling cold and hot, sneezing, sore throat, dry cough and runny nose. Is this flu?

What can I do for a cold at home. Feeling cold and hot, sneezing, sore throat, dry cough and runny nose. Is this flu?

Influenza usually: Manifests with severe headache, cough, and high fevers. Home remedies are antipyretics, antihistamines, cough supressants, and decongestants, all otc. Make sure you stay well hydrated, use a vaporizer, rest, and avoid allergens. See a doctor if it lasts more than a week. Good luck. ...Read more

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Fever up to 103.5, sore throat, dry cough, congestion, white post nasal drip, mild chest discomfort, headache, sweats and chills. Can it be flu?

Fever up to 103.5, sore throat, dry cough, congestion, white post nasal drip, mild chest discomfort, headache, sweats and chills. Can it be flu?

Viral?: Since it is not the flu season yet (unless you live in the Southern hemisphere), this is most likely a viral infection. However the temp of 103.5 is worrisome and thus one must rule out pneumonia. I think it is time to see your doctor. ...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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Raw throat dry cough for 2 days now coughing up green and brown no fever. Flying tomorrow do I need antibiotics?

Raw throat dry cough for 2 days now coughing up green and brown no fever. Flying tomorrow do I need antibiotics?

Possible Infection: If your condition is worsening, I certainly recommend an office visit to determine whether you do need antibiotic therapy. If you are actually improving, you are problaby fine to watch and wait. ...Read more

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Allergies, cold, bacterial infection? I sometimes do get seasonal allergies. Congestion, sore throat, dry cough. Some yellow mucus.

Allergies, cold, bacterial infection? I sometimes do get seasonal allergies. Congestion, sore throat, dry cough. Some yellow mucus.

Question?: What would you like to know? If you have a lot of nasal congestion and sinus infections, you should consider seeing an allergist. ...Read more

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11/24 flu, fine for week, bad URI smptms, neg strep mono flu. Now chest pressure/tigh, sore throat, dry cough, slight breathing issue, ankle numb??

11/24 flu, fine for week, bad URI smptms, neg strep mono flu. Now chest pressure/tigh, sore throat, dry cough, slight breathing issue, ankle numb??

Post infectious comp: Rare complications can develop after u get over the flu, including neuropathy (nerve damage), kidney issues (post-infectious glomerulonephritis) & others. That said, chest pressure, flu-like symptoms, & so forth are common lingering effects on the lung or it became involved with a bacterial infection (viral flu weakened the lung). U cd also have probs w/ antibiotics or meds u tried. TTYD 4 Dx & Rx ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, sometimes runny nose and body aches. Is this a cold, flu, or upper respiratory infection?

I have a sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, sometimes runny nose and body aches. Is this a cold, flu, or upper respiratory infection?

Can be: All of the above, what you are describing sounds like a viral disease, which can be a cold, flu or upper respiratory infection, with all the symptoms noted. Rest, fluids, pain killers and salt water gargles, if no improvement, see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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Dry cough with tickle in back of throat for 3 weeks now. Any advice for treating this?

Dry cough with tickle in back of throat for 3 weeks now. Any advice for treating this?

Dry cough: Dry cough is unlikely to be postnasal drip as the mucous would be coughed up, so the cough would be productive. Consider reflux, asthma, a viral syndrome (unlikely to last three weeks, though). See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What is causing my months long dry cough with no real symptoms other than itchiness/irritation in the back of my throat?

What is causing my months long dry cough with no real symptoms other than itchiness/irritation in the back of my throat?

Allergies/LPR: Allergies cause the typical nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and watery eye symptoms. They can cause irritation or itchiness in the throat, as well as, a dry tickle cough. Laryngopharygeal reflux is often associated with a dry cough. You should get evaluated by ENT doctor who does allergy testing and also get a detailed head and neck exam to check your throat for other potential problems. ...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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A day or 2 after a transthoracic core biopsy my throat cleared, and I developed a dry cough. Lasted about 1 mon. Now back to normal. How come?

A day or 2 after a transthoracic core biopsy my throat cleared, and I developed a dry cough. Lasted about 1 mon. Now back to normal. How come?

Possible: Depending on where the biopsy was taken from in the lung, if there was irritation of the tissues or the pleura, you may develop a cough and it goes away. ...Read more

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I have had a tickle in my throat for about a week I have a dry cough with no mucus and it feels like something is in my throat down low near my collar?

I have had a tickle in my throat for about a week I have a dry cough with no mucus and it feels like something is in my throat down low near my collar?

Sore throat: Likely the "cold" and scratchy throat resulted in a little irritation to the upper airway - the trachea. That, combined, with some lymph. Ode swelling secondary to the "cold, " (check the area under your jaw line) can result in the feeling of a "lump" in the throat. If it doesn't clear soon, consult an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Can amoxicillin cause you to have a cough? I keep having this tickle in my throat and it's never happened before and it's a dry cough

Can amoxicillin cause you to have a cough? I keep having this tickle in my throat and it's never happened before and it's a dry cough

Call the doctor: If you're having a cough on a new medicine-I would be concerned for allergy. You should try to look in the back of your throat-if it looks swollen at all, you need emergency medical treatment. I would call the doctor in fact if you have doubts. Sometimes allergy can take the form of throat or voicebox swelling which might present initially as a cough. Hopefully it's just nothing but need more info ...Read more

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I have a terrible dry cough that is making it very hard to sleep, I would have to describe it like a tickle in my throat. Been hardly sleeping for 1w?

I have a terrible dry cough that is making it very hard to sleep, I would have to describe it like a tickle in my throat. Been hardly sleeping for 1w?

Be seen: For short duration cough of this kind the viral upper respiratory tract infection is the common cause. For longer duration of similar cough it can be from incipient asthma, post nasal drip or acid reflux disease. You need to be seen and examined. ...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