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What can be the actual cause behind my persistent dry cough?

What can be the actual cause behind my persistent dry cough?

Many things: There are many things that can cause a persistent dry cough some of which are serious problems. Smoking can lead to a persistent cough so if you are smoking please stop now. Allergies, dry air, infections, medications and heart problems are just some of the things that can cause this. You should have this evaluated by a health care professional. ...Read more

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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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What can be cause behind my persistent dry cough?

What can be cause behind my persistent dry cough?

Chronic cough: The possible etiologies of a persistent dry cough include bronchospasm, post-nasal drip, gerd or some combination of these etiologies. Since the treatment of each of these is completely different, it is important that you return to your doctor if a particular treatment doesn't lead to complete resolution of the cough. If even 1 etiology is untreated, the cough will persist. ...Read more

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What could be the real root cause behind my persistent dry cough?

What could be the real root cause behind my persistent dry cough?

Asthma/other lung dz: Peristent dry cough has many possible causes- including atypical pneumonia, chronic rhintis with post nasal drip is possible- also asthma or COPD which are chronic lung conditions. There are certain meds that can cause dry cough - so if you are on BP meds - check and see if you are on something that causes this. Go see your dr for eval- may do cxr and pft to eval. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of persistent ringing in my ears?

What could be the cause of persistent ringing in my ears?

Lots of things...: Tinnitus or ringing of the ears is a tough diagnosis. It certainly can be from exposure to loud noises, wax impactions, fluid in the middle ear and the side affect of many medications. Rarely it can be caused by something more serious like a tumor pressing against the cochlear nerve. Anything that can cause hearing loss also can cause tinnitus. It is a common complaint but tough to fix. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my chronic and persistent bad breath?

What could be the cause of my chronic and persistent bad breath?

Dental & Medical: Problems with bad breath (hallatosis) can be related to oral hygiene (i.e., caries, periodontal disease, insufficient saliva) or due to general medical problems such as sinusitis, gastric reflux, diabetes etc. Smoking is a major cause of bad breath. Recommend starting with a dental evaluation. If that doesn’t turn up the cause – then recommend evaluation by your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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I suffer from cold throughout the year and sometimes nose remains blocked. What may be the probable cause and what is the remedy?

I suffer from cold throughout the year and sometimes nose remains blocked. What may be the probable cause and what is the remedy?

Allergy or polyps: Your symtoms are not specific and could be caused by a range of problems. Allergy, deviated nasal septum or nasal polyps can all cause this problem. Side effects of medication can cause this as well. You need to see an otolaryngologist for an exam to help decide the course of treatment. ...Read more

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Can nerve related problems around nasal area cause irritation, dryness and congestion in lining of the nose? And please advice what may be the cure

Can nerve related problems around nasal area cause irritation, dryness and congestion in lining of the nose? And please advice what may be the cure

Unlikely: Most likely a skin condition. In rare instances, a nerve problem relating to the sensation nerve in that area might be the problem. See a dermatologist or ENT doctor for help. ...Read more

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My nose is aching and swelling. What may be the cause?

My nose is aching and swelling. What may be the cause?

Many causes: A nose that aches and swells could be from trauma, a cold or a sebaceous cyst. Too many to describe here. If it continues, see your md. Good luck! ...Read more

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What could cause pain behind the eyes and bloody nose?

What could cause pain behind the eyes and bloody nose?

Probably sinus dz: There are sinuses around the eyes and orbit, and sinus congestion / pressure can lead to an aching around the eyes. There can also be nasal discharge, sometimes with blood. However, other problems can lead to nosebleeds, and this should be checked by a medical doctor. Low humidity can lead to eye discomfort as well as some nose bleeding also. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of sudden neck pain, which is progessively getting worse with no fever?

What can be the cause of sudden neck pain, which is progessively getting worse with no fever?

Various things: There a lots of things that could cause this. Including cervical sprain/strain. Pre-existing cervical spondylosis (degenerative changes) suddenly getting inflammed, etc. You will need to be evaluated by your doctor to arrive at the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Please help me in identifying the source of my allergy that is causing me recurrent cold and cough since last 2 months.What can be the common sources?

Please help me in identifying the source of my allergy that is causing me recurrent cold and cough since last 2 months.What can be the common sources?

Do allergy test: There is now an allergy test which tests the blood only not needing the multiple needle sticks anymore. Unfortunately, a positive is real, a negative means you may not have been revved up enough to show the allergy, so it can miss it (false negative). ...Read more

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Could a cyst in the cavity near my ear above the jaw bone be caused by chronic nasal infections, and could that be causing me headaches and fainting?

Could a cyst in the cavity near my ear above the jaw bone be caused by chronic nasal infections, and could that be causing me headaches and fainting?

NO: Not sure of the cause of the fainting but not a cyst. It is not the cause of chronic nasal infections. It may cause headaches but not your fainting. YOu need to be seen by your doctor for futher eval. ...Read more

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My face is red and burning up. Could allergies be the cause of these symptoms?

My face is red and burning up. Could allergies be the cause of these symptoms?

Possibly: Skin irritation on the face only, especially in women is most often a contact irritant reaction. This could represent a true allergy to chemicals found in facial cleansers, make-up products, lotions or sunscreens. Step one is to stop all topicals and try a cleanser such as cetaphil restoraderm or aquaphor unscented baby wash. If irritation persists, see your doctor. A physicial exam is needed. ...Read more

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What could be the cause for frequent throat congestion and irritation?

Allergies, other: Post nasal drip from allergies and sinusitis is a common cause of throat irritation. Acid reflux (which is a cause of heartburn) can also irritate the throat. (see dr. Melder's comment below). ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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