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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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Start with sore throat and then chest congestion, itching throat, cough with sputum, yellow thick. Is that bronchitis?

Start with sore throat and then chest congestion, itching throat, cough with sputum, yellow thick. Is that bronchitis?

Possibly...: Your symptoms may be indicative of bronchitis, either bacterial, viral or even allergic etiology. In order to be sure, you should see your doctor. If you have a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be needed. For viral or allergic etiologies, therapy depends on the precise signs and symptoms present ! ...Read more

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Excessively itchy ears nose and throat with a dry gagging cough cough triggered by normal breathing ?

Excessively itchy ears nose and throat with a dry gagging cough cough triggered by normal breathing ?

See below: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. What you described is suggestive of allergy. Depending on the cause of your allergy, it is likely that an effective treatment is available. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I'm coughing up yellow mucos and have a sore throat and swelled glands. And very tired and fever?

Viral URI: Otherwise known as a cold. This may certainly be infectious mononucleosis or a similar infection, but only your doctor could diagnose that. If this keeps up go and see your pcp. Hope you are better soon. ...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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Does the flu or cold cause dark yellow phlegm and chest congestion plus hoarseness, sore throat, and stuffy nose?

Does the flu or cold cause dark yellow phlegm and chest congestion plus hoarseness, sore throat, and stuffy nose?

Mgt: It can cause these symptoms. If your cough worsens, please see your PCP. Flu may be associated with the development of pneumonia, but most cases resolve without treatment or any complications. ...Read more

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Cures to dry throat and cough due to cold and dry air?

Cures to dry throat and cough due to cold and dry air?

Opposite: Warm and moist air. Stay in if sick. Try a humidifier. Sips of water. Cough meds not certain to really help. Nose breath. Cover mouth while outdoors ...Read more

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Cough and chest feels scratchy and iratated?

Cough and chest feels scratchy and iratated?

Bronchitis?: You may have an nfection. See a dr. For an evalaution and treatment. May be a virus, or may need antibiotics if bacterial. Good luck. ...Read more

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Throat is really sore and hoarse, what should I do? Throat gets very dry

Throat is really sore and hoarse, what should I do? Throat gets very dry

Sore : Sore throat is a fairly common symptom associated with many illnesses. Most of the time it resolves on its own without any other issues. Occasionally it can be due to something more serious that needs treatment. Reasons to seek care are: - any fever - since it could be strep and you can't tell without an exam/testing - if it lasts longer than 3 or 4 days - any difficulty opening your mouth - unable to swallow - severe pain - bleeding in the throat - redness or swelling on the outside of the neck - any difficulty breathing or noisy breathing in the meantime, taking Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for pain, drinking plenty of fluids such as hot tea/broth or cold liquids and a spoonful of honey can help. ...Read more

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Dry mouth and throat with constant stuffy nose ?

Dry mouth and throat with constant stuffy nose


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One causes the other: The constantly stuffy nose leads to mouth breathing which in turn leads to your dry mouth and throat. Fix your nose and the mouth and throat improve. Allergies, chronic infection, anatomical blockages all can be involved. As an ENT doctor i think starting with an ENT evaluation makes the mot sense. ...Read more

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Started with mild throat tingle. Now mucus in chest, sneezing, runny nose, headache, body fatigue/ aches. Coughing to clear throat. Sore throat also.

Started with mild throat tingle. Now mucus in chest, sneezing, runny nose, headache, body fatigue/ aches. Coughing to clear throat. Sore throat also.

Influenza: This sounds like a viral illness, possibly influenza. If you have just begun this see your doctor and be treated, but must be within the first day of two of symptoms. ...Read more

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Itchy ears and sore throat and dry plugged nose what is this?

Itchy ears and sore throat and dry plugged nose what is this?

Probable allergies: Itchy ears could be caused by wax or eczema. Sometimes there is no obvious reason. Prescribed cortisone drops usually are very effective. Sore throat and congested nose could be caused by viruses, bacterias and allergies. Allergies are very common. Tx try Claritin (loratadine) or allegra, but no decongestant like claritin-d/afrin/allegra-d. Decongestants can elevate blood pressure, cause racing heart/insomnia. ...Read more

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Dry cough and runny nose cause fever?

Dry cough and runny nose cause fever?

Not really: I would say that dry cough and runny nose can be associated with fever in the context of an infection (common cold), but cough and runny nose do not actually cause the fever. ...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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Very dry mouth and throat. Causes coughing and difficulty in speaking. Blood sugar under control. Please help.

Cause?: To properly treat your dry mouth requires determining the cause. Speak to both your Dentist and your PCP. Is dry mouth cause by radiation Rx, change in diet, side effects of Meds, etc. treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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Cures to dry throat and cough due to cold and dry air?

Opposite: Warm and moist air. Stay in if sick. Try a humidifier. Sips of water. Cough meds not certain to really help. Nose breath. Cover mouth while outdoors ...Read more

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Is it normal to have (red burned spot) above your tongue when you have a dry throat and cough? My cough is very deep/within, hurts to clear throat.

Is it normal to have (red burned spot) above your tongue when you have a dry throat and cough? My cough is very deep/within, hurts to clear throat.

Cough: Sounds like you need to see a doctor and find out what is going on especially if it has been like this for more than a week or 2. ...Read more

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Treated for pleurisy 2 weeks ago with steroids and amoxicillin. I am worse now with pain/shortness of breath, dry throat and cough and nasal congestion.

Treated for pleurisy 2 weeks ago with steroids and amoxicillin. I am worse now with pain/shortness of breath, dry throat and cough and nasal congestion.

Exam: Get an immediate chest xray to rule out a pneumonia or lung abcess. You should be improving. You may need a pulmonary fuction test for asthma and a lung scan if you are taking female hormones or birth control, get rechecked asap! ...Read more

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I'm having a real bad dry throat and in the very back of my throat i can see sinus drainage plus blood. I can't cough (or hack) it out. ?

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I'm having a real bad dry throat and in the very back of my throat i can see sinus drainage plus blood. I can't cough (or hack) it out. ?

Post nasal drip: Try saline irrigation of your nasal passage and spit it out of your mouth. See an ENT doctor to locate the source of bleeding and treatment of your possible sinusitis. ...Read more

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My mother has a dry throat which is causing her to cough & her throat is paining as well. What to do?

My mother has a dry throat which is causing her to cough & her throat is paining as well. What to do?

Virus: This most likely is a viral upper respiratory tract infection which usually runs its course in several days. Lozenges and gargling with warm salt water is soothing. For a dry cough, suppressant syrup like robitussinDM quiets it. If worsening cough or fever develop, have a physician examine her as bronchitis or pneumonia may be present. Because she has a cough, a strep infection is not likely. ...Read more

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What could make a baby's cough sound croupy (that isn't croup) only lasting an hour or so. Dry throat? Second time toddler woke w scary cough. 

What could make a baby's cough sound croupy (that isn't croup) only lasting an hour or so. Dry throat? Second time toddler woke w scary cough. 

Sounds like croup: Croup is a barking (croupy) cough that is often worse at night (not all the time, necessarily). Mild croup is a viral illness that lasts for 4-7 days and is typically more distressing than serious. Look for signs that your kiddo is having trouble breathing as that means you may need to get them to the er right away. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take cough drops everyday? I tend to get a cold easily, coming off anxiety meds comp. so it helps w my very dry throat. Tried biotene.

Is it bad to take cough drops everyday? I tend to get a cold easily, coming off anxiety meds comp. so it helps w my very dry throat. Tried biotene.

No.: Great ,that you are requiring less amount of Anxiety medicine. Cough drops are of many different kind. The one with Ginger and Lemon and Honey would be the best . But all cough drops stimulate saliva so it helps you. Make sure you brush your teeth before going to bed . Some times Drinking sips of water also helps ...Read more

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Dry throat. Tightness and cough especially at night. Pfts done. Is it asthma?

Dry throat. Tightness and cough especially at night. Pfts done. Is it asthma?

It is possible: A lot of patients with Asthma get tightness of the chest and cough at night during an acute attack. You need to be examined by your MD who will be able to tell you for sure if it is Asthma or not. ...Read more

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I am sufferin from cough from last 1 month. N along with it ha've a throat infection.My doc said nthin to wry it's due 2 dry throat?

I am sufferin from cough from last 1 month. N along with it ha've a throat infection.My doc said nthin to wry it's due 2 dry throat?

Viral cause: Your symptoms are likely due to a viral upper respiratory infection. These generally last 2 weeks but the congestion can last for several weeks and produce a cough. Drink fluids, take antihistamines and decongestants and follow up if your symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with really dry throat it's been sore today and and if I breathe out all the way I start to cough and it hurts in my chest.

I woke up this morning with really dry throat it's been sore today and and if I breathe out all the way I start to cough and it hurts in my chest.

Bronchitis: or tracheitis seems likely, an inflammation in the breathing tube somewhere between the throat and the lungs. Could also be laryngitis, flu, pneumonia or asthma. Try some honey, lemon tea and stay very well hydrated. You can take 4-6 gms of Vit C with food. Stop if/when you get diarrhea. If you have fever, chills, sweats, headache, it is time to see someone. Good luck and get well soon! ...Read more

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I have an irritated dry throat and only cough when it's tickly. This morning my mucus was blood stained and had a red and dark spot in it. is it serio?

I have an irritated dry throat and only cough when it's tickly. This morning my mucus was blood stained and had a red and dark spot in it. is it serio?

Irritated dry throat: May be from rhinitis nasal congestion/ inflammation , from dryness in air,warm dry heat. Put vasoline, to moisturize, on the inside tip of nose in AM and PM, gargle with salt water3x a day ,suck on lemondrops. Drinkg 2.5-3.5 liter /day water /gatorade to be hydrated. I do not think it is serious, but do f/u with doctor /urgent care this week ...Read more

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I've had a wet cough for a few days now. I cough every time air hits the back of my throat. I get a stuffy nose n dry throat when waking up. ?

I've had a wet cough for a few days now.  I cough every time air hits the back of my throat. I get a stuffy nose n dry throat when waking up. 

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Virus vs allergy/PND: Your symptoms are most likely from a virus which can cause coughing especially in night time cool air. If this is a chronic condition it can sometimes be due to allergies or postnasal drip but less common. Drink plenty of fluids, try zinc lozenges at outset of discomfort in throat/virus starting. Get plenty of rest. See MD if fever develops or severe sore throat. ...Read more

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Cant see a doc. 3 days ago i had a dry throat now I have a bad cough. Chills. And body aches. My temp. Is 100.1 I am afraid i will get pneumonia.

Fever and Illness: Unfortunately, in most cases a fever represents a significant infection. There is no simple way besides antibiotics to rid ones self of an infection. Having trained in utah I do know there are community health centers and their rates for treatment are done on a sliding scale. If you are feverish still on monday you need to be seen. ...Read more

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More than a month ago had dry throat- not sore- but nagging dry. Afebrile. Felt a little "under the weather" x 1 wk. Then seemed as if this dry throat turned tickle cough then went into lungs... been dry hacking 1.5 months. Afebrile still. Sides, back an

More than a month ago had dry throat- not sore- but nagging  dry. Afebrile. Felt a little "under the weather" x 1 wk. Then seemed as if this dry throat turned tickle cough then went into lungs... been dry hacking 1.5 months. Afebrile still. Sides, back an

Cough: There are many reasons for cough. Yours does not seem to be infectious from the description that you have given. Why don't you make a virtual consult and we can discuss it in greater detail than 400 pixels allows. ...Read more

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Runny nose, dry throat, and a little bit of a cough. when I take a deep breath, I get a sharp pain in my lower right back?

Runny nose, dry throat, and a little bit of a cough. when I take a deep breath, I get a sharp pain in my lower right back?

Time, OTC medication: Sounds like viral upper respiratory infection. Increase fluid intake, OTC guifenesin/dextromethorphan, rest, anti-inflammatory. Sharp pain most likely chest wall/pleuritic pain. Worsening symptoms warrant a physician evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a sore dry throat and a cough aswell as a headache ears popping and a stuffy head what could be wrong and what can I do to help it?

I have a sore dry throat and a cough aswell as a headache ears popping and a stuffy head what could be wrong and what can I do to help it?

Viral: These symptoms are consistent with a viral upper respiratory tract infection(head cold) that should run its course in several days to a week. At this stage, decongestant pills(if you're not pregnant) and nasal spray as well as tylenol (acetaminophen) are helpful in relieving symptoms. See your physician if there is worsening cough, wheezing, new fever, chills and sweats. ...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