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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 to use for a dry hacking cough?

What to use for a dry hacking cough?

Find a cause: Try to find whether you have any infection, asthma., post nasal drip or reflux. Then try to treat accordingly, any cough suppressant will help a little while you are being worked up. ...Read more

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What are some ways to treat a dry hacking cough?

What are some ways to treat a dry hacking cough?

Diagnose first...: Before a persistent cough can be treated, you first need to know the etiology of the cough. If it is non-productive, possibilities include bronchospasm of any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination. All of these have different treatments. If the persistent cough is productive of sputum, you may have chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, again a different treatment. See doctor for diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've had a dry hacking cough for 3 days any suggestions?

I've had a dry hacking cough for 3 days any suggestions?

Buckwheat honey: Yes, believe it or not, a study suggests buckwheat honey works as well, or better than otc cough medicines. But if your illness worsens, or cough lasts over 2 weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can lisiniprel cause a dry hacking cough? If so, what will help the cough?

Can lisiniprel cause a dry hacking cough?  If so, what will help the cough?

Cough: It sure can as I am on it as well and have a dry cough!
I am getting off it to another med as this is the only way to control it. Can be very bothersome. ...Read more

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What's a good remedy for a dry hacking cough?

What's a good remedy for a dry hacking cough?

Depends on the cause: A person with a persistent dry cough can be evaluated by a doctor to see if antibiotics, asthma meds, or allergy meds are needed. Possible causes include viral or bacterial infection, the flu, mild "whooping cough", regular pneumonia, "walking pneumonia", allergic problems, asthma, etc... People with very mild, non-persistent symptoms sometimes find the otc allergy and cough meds helpful. ...Read more

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Why does the medication capoten (captopril) cause a dry, hacking cough?

Why does the medication capoten (captopril) cause a dry, hacking cough?

ACE cough: Capoten (captopril) is one of a class of blood pressure medicines called ace inhibitors, which can sometimes cause a dry, persistent cough as a side effect. If you are having trouble with this, talk to your doctor about changing to a different medication. ...Read more

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Pretty sure I have bronchitis (had it a few times before). Are there any new good OTC cough suppressants you can recommend for a dry hacking cough?

Pretty sure I have bronchitis (had it a few times before). Are there any new good OTC cough suppressants you can recommend for a dry hacking cough?

Cough suppressants: Stick to th old fashion tea and honey, steaming, saline nose drops and vaporub on the chest will give you the relief you seek. ...Read more

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Why can't my doctor stop a dry, hacking cough. Should I try other meds?

Why can't my doctor stop a dry, hacking cough. Should I try other meds?

Diagnose first...: Before treating a cough, the cause of the cough needs to be diagnosed. Possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, GERD, post-nasal drip or even a combination of these factors. All of these have different treatments so your cough needs to be diagnosed first. If you smoke, you need to quit ASAP to decrease airway inflammation. See a lung doctor for diagnosis and treatment! ...Read more

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Sharp pains in my lower back and a dry hacking cough every nite for 5months. Back pain is in the majority of every day. Could this problem be serious?

Sharp pains in my lower back and a dry hacking cough every nite for 5months. Back pain is in the majority of every day. Could this problem be serious?

Should get workup: Persistent unrelanting cough should always be assessed by a physician and treated. The back pain may be related to the constant coughing. Stay away from over the counter antitussive medications. They may only perpetuate the problem. Get an appointment with a physician and you will sleep much more soundly. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a dry hacking cough and sinus pressure?

What can I do to treat a dry hacking cough and sinus pressure?

Cough/sinus problem: If you have a sinus drip yuou may be coughing from the drip as well. Dry hacking cough along with sinus pressure may be from hay fever. Try sinus lavage with slaine solution and suck on lozenges and warm salt water gragles along with allergy meds may help. If bad you should see your doc. ...Read more

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I have a dry hacking cough with pain between my shoulder blades for a week. Could it be whooping cough?

I have a dry hacking cough with pain between my shoulder blades for a week. Could it be whooping cough?

Dry cough: Whooping cough gives a cough that makes the pt vomit (emesis) and makes him turning blue (cyanosis) from the cough in spasms. Dry cough alone could be anything even atypical pneumonia (caused by mycoplasma o legionella species). ...Read more

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My 4yo has a dry hacking cough. No fever, rash etc still eating and seems himself. But has long coughing fits intermittantly through the day and night?

My 4yo has a dry hacking cough. No fever, rash etc still eating and seems himself. But has long coughing fits intermittantly through the day and night?

Possibly Croup: Croup is a common respiratory problem in young children. It tends to occur in the fall and winter. Its main symptom is a harsh, barking cough. Croup causes swelling and narrowing in the voice box, windpipe, and breathing tubes that lead to the lungs. An attack of croup can be scary, but it is rarely serious. Children usually get better in several days with rest and care at home. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a dry hacking cough when she sleeps. No stridor or wheezing. What can I do to ensure it does not turn in to something worse?

My 2 year old has a dry hacking cough when she sleeps. No stridor or wheezing. What can I do to ensure it does not turn in to something worse?

Mgt: One possible cause are allergies and another is reflux and aspiration. Post nasal drip if there is congestion usually causes a wet cough. If there is a parental history of allergies, asthma and if she has had eczema and/or allergic reactions, these may be more likely to occur. ...Read more

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Is pro air safe? "I am 6 weeks pregnant and was just given pro air by my primary care dr to help with a dry hacking cough I have had for 2 1/2 week. I saw its concidered class c. Should I stop taking it?"

Is pro air safe? "I am 6 weeks pregnant and was just given pro air by my primary care dr to help with a dry hacking cough I have had for 2 1/2 week. I saw its concidered class c. Should I stop taking it?"

Class : Class c medications may have some detrimental effects pregnancy or detrimental effects have been demonstrated in animal studies but not confirmed in humans or, the manufacturer designates a medication as class c. Your physician will assess the relative risks and benefits with you to help you decide.

Proair is commonly used in pregnancy on a regular basis for those women with asthma. There is a risk to the pregnancy of uncontrolled asthma, so those with asthma should control their disease to optimize the outcome of the pregnancy.

It sounds more like you have a bronchitic cough rather than chronic asthma. Even so, an inhaler often helps the bronchospasm associated with a chronic cough. ...Read more

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I was given tessalon perles, singular, and Ventolin inhaler last week, then a Z-pack Tuesday. Still, have a dry hacking cough. Anything else to do?

I was given tessalon perles, singular, and Ventolin inhaler last week, then a Z-pack Tuesday. Still, have a dry hacking cough. Anything else to do?

Mgt: A virtual consult may be helpful. I would suggest seeing your PCP for cough that lingers or worsens over the next one week. You may need a course of antibiotics or steroids, depending on other factors. A spacer mask should be used with the inhaler for better delivery. ...Read more

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What's a good way to cure dry hacking cough?

What's a good way to cure dry hacking cough?

Tips: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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I've had a pretty bad dry persistent hacking cough?

I've had a pretty bad dry persistent hacking cough?

Possibilities...: First, the duration of the cough is important to determine cause. For example, if is present for a few days to week, the likely diagnosis is acute bronchitis. If present for over 3 weeks, then possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, chronic bronchitis, post-nasal drip, gerd, or even a combination of factors. See you doctor for eval and definitive treatment. ...Read more

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Have a hacking cough. Do I take an expectorant or suppresant?

Have a hacking cough. Do I take an expectorant or suppresant?

Depends....: If you have a cough due to an infection, as in acute bronchitis, then an expectorant would be recommended so you could cough out the infected sputum. If there is no infection present, like an allergy related cough, then a suppressant may be helpful. If you are unsure, see your doctor so it can be determined whether there is infection present. ...Read more

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2yr old has dry hacking cough, since november. Dr confirmed lungs clear. The same thing happens each year in winter. Would a humidifier help?

2yr old has dry hacking cough, since november. Dr confirmed lungs clear. The same thing happens each year in winter. Would a humidifier help?

Yes: It sounds like your child has an irritated respiratory tract. It 's great the lungs are clear. A vaporizer or humidifier often helps in winter months when the humidity is low. Also, you may want to try a dose of Diphenhydramine at bedtime (like benadryl). If the cough continues or worsens, check back with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help ease a constant, dry hacking cough? Am pregnant, cough is severe enough that I worry I'll miscarry from the force of it.

Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help ease a constant, dry hacking cough? Am pregnant, cough is severe enough that I worry I'll miscarry from the force of it.

No you should: Call your obstetrician now so they can get more details? Fever? How long going on? Any history of asthma? Etc. I would not take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or anything for the cough until you speak to them. Better off with rest, lots of warm fluids ...If you don't have a dr. Yet go to an "urgent care" center near your home. ...Read more

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I have the flu. 102 fever, aches/pains and dry, hacking cough. No doctor available... what do I do now?

I have the flu. 102 fever, aches/pains and dry, hacking cough. No doctor available... what do I do now?

Rest,fluids,Sambucol: Western medicine does not have effective flu treatments (I'm not impressed with Tamiflu). Drink lots of water. Drugs that reduce fever may provide temporary relief but sabotage your immune system & prolong the flu! Sambucol (from health food store) is proven to help. The most effective treatment is the correct homeopathic remedy (again at health food stores): http://tinyurl.com/kutk6ef & comment: ...Read more

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Is it wise to take antibiotics for green mucus from lungs, but no fever or hacking cough, but I do have COPD or do I wait and see if I do get sicker?

Is it wise to take antibiotics for green mucus from lungs, but no fever or hacking cough, but I do have COPD or do I wait and see if I do get sicker?

Green sputum: Greenish sputum in a patient with COPD does not mean infection, taking antibiotic unnecessarily is not advisable, see a doctor for evaluation (clear, greenish, yellowish sputum is common in COPD) ...Read more

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Weezing, hacking cough with severe dry raw sore throat, what can help my throat heal and how can I make sure I don't get this again?

Weezing, hacking cough with severe dry raw sore throat, what can help my throat heal and how can I make sure I don't get this again?

Pain control: Viscous Lidocaine or Motrin may help with pain. Antibiotics may help if strep positive. Prevention requires avoiding infection, washing hands, and good nutrition, and immunization but there is no guarantee. ...Read more

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I have a hacking cough, clogged ears, loss of appetite and dry vomiting. Dylsum, nyquil, dayquil, and sudafed haven't worked. What should I do?

I have a hacking cough, clogged ears, loss of appetite and dry vomiting. Dylsum, nyquil, dayquil, and sudafed haven't worked. What should I do?

See your doctor: I would go and see your doctor or visit a med-check to see if you have an ear infection (acute otitis media) that would require antibiotics, especially if this has been going on for more that 3 days. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a horrible hacking cough, how do I stop it for good?

What to do if I have a horrible hacking cough, how do I stop it for good?

Cough: Cough is a normal, protective response by your body to clear aspiration or infection. You need to find out why you are coughing before you can treat it. You have not shared any information about yourself or your medical or social history. If you smoke, stop. Consider a more detailed consult through Health Tap Prime or see your doctor. ...Read more

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After 2 weeks still hacking cough. Could it be because of my 12hr Asian flight?

After 2 weeks still hacking cough. Could it be because of my 12hr Asian flight?

You need to see MD: Coughing a lot for two weeks and after travelling for 12 hours, can be serious.
You need to see a doctor. Get examied and

If indicated a chest xray and/or blodd test to find out the cause and treat properly. You may have caught something during your flight which is not uncommon. ...Read more