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I have this bad tickle in my throat that makes me cough until it's gone. Also gives me watery eyes. What can cause this and how to stop it?

I have this bad tickle in my throat that makes me cough until it's gone. Also gives me watery eyes. What can cause this and how to stop it?

Allergies: The tickle in your throat may be caused by a pos nasal drip which is due to allergies. Likewise, the allergies may be affecting your eyes. Try over the counter antihistamines for your nose and eye drop specifically made for allergies, but in the meantime make an appointment with an allergist. Incidentally cold could also give similar symptoms so see the doctor for evaluation. ...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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How do you l get rid of the tickle in my throat that makes me cough nonstop until i almost puke? Please help

How do you l get rid of the tickle in my throat that makes me cough nonstop until i almost puke? Please help

Throat tickle: Hello, the stimulation causing your cough should be evaluated by an ENT doctor. An endoscopic examination would be very helpful to determine the cause. I have seen people have an elongated uvula that initiates a gag induced coughing spells. It also could be reflux or post nasal drainage. Good luck. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
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If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
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If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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Phlegm in back of throat sometimes it feels like something tickling in my throat and sometimes it makes me cough and doesn't go away slight heaache?

Phlegm in back of throat sometimes it feels like something tickling in my throat and sometimes it makes me cough and doesn't go away slight heaache?

Throat problems: Your problems sound as if you need to see a ENT physician. You need to have your throat, lower esophagus, vocal cords and sinuses evaluated to see if a cause for your symptoms can be found and treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a tickling throat that makes me cough. This happens every night so what i can do about it?

I have a tickling throat that makes me cough. This happens every night so what i can do about it?

Antacids: The most common causes of cough in adult include esophageal reflux and asthma/allergies. You can start by trying an antacid. If that works, then reflux is causing your cough. Also be sure you don't have obstructive sleep apnea, which would wake you up coughing. ...Read more

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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Control the cough with medications and keep hydrated
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Finish all antibiotics, even if the patient is improving or better
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Assure all immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns when sick
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Tickling throat that makes me cough happens every night. How do I get rid of this?

Tickling throat that makes me cough happens every night. How do I get rid of this?

? reflux: If this only happens every night when you lay down to go to bed - this sound like it is most likely being caused by gastroesophageal reflux. Would probably be helped most by seeing an ENT doc to look down your throat to see - and if the appearance of your vocal corsds confirms this possibility, then seeing a gastoenterologist for complete work-up and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible for cough drops to irritate your throat and cause tickling if overused?

Is it possible for cough drops to irritate your throat and cause tickling if overused?

Avoid menthol: Menthol which is in most drops, feels good and cool at first. But it is drying to the mucosa and will dry your irritated throat. So use glycerin instead. Or black currant. Or pectin containing drops. ...Read more

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Treating a Sore Throat (Checklist)

Stay hydrated
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Drink warm or cold fluids, whatever feels better
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Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms
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Avoid spicy or acidic foods
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There's this tickling feeling in the back of my throat and i constantly cough! how to cure this?

There's this tickling feeling in the back of my throat and i constantly cough! how to cure this?

Antihistamines: The most common reason for having a throat tickle is allergy. You may or may not have runny/itchy eyes & nose with sneezing; but it is worth a try. Daily, non-sedating claritin, zyrtec, or Allegra should do the trick. This may be a seasonal thing, or may be year round. If it is more of a constant thing, then switch your daily antihistamine every 2-3 months to maintain the effect. ...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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