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What Are Some Causes Of Dry Cough
Possibilities...: Persistent chronic non-productive cough is usually due to bronchospasm (due to any cause), post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. An evaluation by a doctor is needed for diagnosis since these all have different treatments. If you smoke, smoking cessation is needed to decrease airway inflammation. ...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
Dry mouth: Common causes in my practice include anticholinergic side effects of medication, such as antidepressant or antihistamine meds, mouth breathing due to sinus or nasal problems, dehydration from vomiting, diarrhea, and uncontrolled diabetes. It can be caused by autoimmune diseases such as sjogren's syndrome. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Virus/ allergy/ bac: There are many viruses, allergens and bacteria that can cause a cold and a cough. Most people will improve with time and many meds can help with symptoms. If symptoms persist more than 1 or 2 weeks or if they are severe seek out your doctor for help. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diarrhea : It sounds like there may be a tendency to have diarrhea. I would advise you get evaluated for that possibility. There can be rectal leaking from other issues as well. Things to consider might be rectal inflammation, infection or a leaky cyst. You need to see your physician to get an evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bronchial irritation: Bronchial tube irritation, sinus/nasal irritation, gastroesophageal reflux all tend to cause chronic cough. In the lung smoking, asthma, pneumonia (especially pertussis, mycoplasma), foreign bodies can cause chronic cough. Treat acid reflux disease, sinus infection sinusitis. Some medications such as ace inhibitors. Stepwise treatment of asthma with sinus, gi, treatment avoid aspirin/dust. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pertussis symptoms: Prolonged cough (sometimes resulting in vomiting), fast breathing, retractions, congestion, low grade fevers, and the breathing pattern for which it gets its name whooping cough -> the child caoughs so hard and so much, they are unable to get a breath and then inhale a loud "whoop" sounding breath. ...Read more
Work-related fatigue: Some vocations include a lot of physical labor, which tires you. If there's not enough recovery time between work sessions (esp w/shift work), one gets more and more run down. More often though, people are working in jobs which are stressful, hold no interest for them, or which do not align with their personal values. This kind of fatigue may come from loss of joy, creativity, and inspiration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Other possibilities-: Other causes include many medications, mouth breathing, dehydration, overuse of mouth rinses that contain alcohol, hiv/aids, alzheimer's disease, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, parkinson's disease, stroke, and mumps and nerve damage. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Decreased bloodflow: Fainting is caused by a decreased bloodflow to the brain,causing your body to momentarily shut down. This can be due to something as simple as standing up too fast after sitting, or something as complex as a heart, brain, vascular, or other issue. Working up the cause of fainting can be quite difficult, as there are so many possible causes. Moreover, the cause in 33% of cases is unknown! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Laundry list: Here is a laundry list for causes of chronic diarrhea: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance, parasitic infestation, bacterial infection, postcholecystectomy syndrome, laxative abuse, food allergies, gastrointestinal hormone secreting tumor, hyperthyroidism, constipation, etc. Best advice is to seek medical consult. ...Read more
Many possible: Depending on the nature, severity, location and frequency of the ocular pain, there are many possible causes. Some of the more likely causes include dry eye syndrome, sinus disease, iritis, blepharitis, recurrent corneal erosion, misdirected eyelashes, among many others. See your ophthalmologist to help sort it out, preferably when you are actually having the pain. ...Read more
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