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What causes a dry cough?

What causes a 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

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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For about a week I have what seems like dry cough during day & in the mornings I have more cough with thick green mucus.Why? Dr only says it is viral

For about a week I have what seems like dry cough during day &  in the mornings I have more cough with thick green mucus.Why? Dr only says it is viral

? Sinusitis : Can start as viral, then bacteria would kick in later causing secondary infection and lingering symptoms as what you described, you want to see your doctor again for re-evaluation or seek a second opnion, it's your right, as you may need antibiotics ...Read more

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What relieves a dry cough and sore throat at night for a 2 year old?

What relieves a dry cough and sore throat at night for a 2 year old?

A humidifier: One in the bedroom with the doors closed. Aim for 50% humidity. Saline nasal spray and gel mist is a great way to get your body to think it doesn't need to make anymore goo. Less goo made, less sore throat, and less stuff to make you cough. ...Read more

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What meds cause unproductive dry cough ?

What meds cause unproductive dry cough ?

Some BP meds: A common cause of cough due medication is a class of medication used for lowering blood pressure called ace-inhibitors, such as lisonopril. ...Read more

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M58, what is dry cough and why it is considered bad. ?

M58, what is dry cough and why it is considered bad. ?

Dry cough: A dry cough is a cough that does not bring up sputum. Is it bad or not depending on the etiologies and how bad it affects your quality of life. ...Read more

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What could a mostly dry cough that happens each morning be?

What could a mostly dry cough that happens each morning be?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include post-nasal drip and gerd, especially if the cough worsens when lying down. Another possibility is bronchospasm or it could be a combination of several diagnoses. The treatments for these are all different so see your doctor so a diagnosis can be made and treatment initiated. ...Read more

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What could a mostly dry cough that produces green mucus each morning be?

What could a mostly dry cough that produces green mucus each morning be?

Possibilities...: If this has been going on for 3 weeks or longer, it is likely chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. If it has been going on for less than that, it is likely acute bronchitis. Your doctor needs to evaluate you so treatment can be initiated. If you smoke, you need to quit immediately and your doctor can also help with this goal. ...Read more

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What could a mostly dry cough that produces thick green mucus each morning be for a smoker?

What could a mostly dry cough that produces thick green mucus each morning be for a smoker?

Chronic bronchitis..: This could be chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. It occurs mostly in smokers and is not due to infection. You would need to be seen by your doctor and have pulmonary function tests to diagnose this entity. There is no cure but there are treatments available. The most important step to slow disease progression is smoking cessation and your doctor can also help with this. ...Read more

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What could cause a dry cough in my 14 mon old? Allergies?

What could cause a dry cough in my 14 mon old? Allergies?

Likely: Allergies are a frequent cause of cough. But there are cases where the "cough" is in place of a wheeze and maybe asthma, which is treated entirely differently. ...Read more

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What can symptoms of dry cough, chest tightness, weird taste in mouth indicate?

What can symptoms of dry cough, chest tightness, weird taste in mouth indicate?

URI: These symptoms suggest an infection of the upper respiratry tract-probably viral. If there are fevers, sweats, worsening cough, more chest discomfort on inspiration, wheezing, get checked for more serious bacterial infection including pneumonia. Otherwise take a nonprescription cough syrup for soothing relief. ...Read more

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Help please? What is medicine for dry cough , patient is suffering from primary pulmonary hypertension?

Help please? What is medicine for dry cough , patient is suffering from primary pulmonary hypertension?

Varies.: See a doctor for management. OTC cough suppressants like Robitussin (guaifenesin) could help with cough. A doctor can prescribe stronger cough medication, follow up on pulmonary hypertension, and check your medications to see if they are causing cough. ...Read more

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What to do about dry cough and my throat is a little horse is it seasonal allergy?

What to do about dry cough and my throat is a little horse is it seasonal allergy?

Determine cause: Chronic dry cough is most commonly due to 3 conditions: asthma, post-nasal drip, or GERD (heartburn). You might have one or a combination of all three. Post-viral cough is also very common and can last for weeks. Further workup by an Allergist is helpful as they can perform a more detailed assessment including skin testing and pulmonary function testing. Treatment will depend on cause. ...Read more

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What's the cure for dry cough and vocal and talking hoarseness and sore throat. Why does it happen to singers and what's the home remedy cure for it?

What's the cure for dry cough and vocal and talking  hoarseness and sore throat. Why does it happen to singers and what's the home remedy  cure for it?

Vocal chord strain: Vocal chord strain requires rest soothing beverages antiinflammatories and proper warmup and vocal exercises. It's basically like a sports injury. Singers are not immune to allergies and post nasal drip, viral pharyngitis or strep throat and if over exerted may be more likely to have a sore throat. If dysphagia or odynophagia present see md. ...Read more

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What is good for very dry cough?

What is good for very dry cough?

Good for dry cough: Treatment of the cause of the cough is your best option. Head elevation can be very useful to alleviate disruptive night time cough. If you have asthma, COPD or allergies, make sure they are well controlled. Cough medications are at best a temporary, last resort. ...Read more

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What are some causes of dry cough?

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

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What to do about a dry cough that I have had for over a month now?

What to do about a dry cough that I have had for over a month now?

A non-: Productive cough persisting for a month is reason to see a doctor for history and physical, and then determine whether you need imaging, blood work, or pulmonary functions. Do you smoke? Stop in the mean time. ...Read more

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What causes rid of a dry cough after a cold?

What causes rid of a dry cough after a cold?

Cough: Cough could cause by a lot of reasons. Please if not getting better please see your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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