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Why Do I Have This Lingering Cough
Nocturnal cough: A "tickle" cough can be a sign of post nasal drainage. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Also consider trying to sleep with an elevated head or with a bedside humidifier. All the best! ...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
Acute or chronic?: Chronic is either from chronic bronchitis from smoking, gastric reflux, cough variant asthma, post nasal drip, etc. Therefore the underlying condition needs to be identified and treated. Acute cough often responds to honey, dextromethorphin , hydration, narcotic based cough preparations, lozenges, and humidity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily...: If you are coughing and also have a fever, nasal congestion, sore throat, body aches (or at least some of these!) then you probably have acute bronchitis. It is either viral or bacterial depending on the severity of symptoms (bacterial more severe). If you have a productive cough with none of the other symptoms that lasts at least 3 weeks, you may have chronic bronchitis. See your doctor for dx. ...Read more
Possibilities...: Possible etiologies of a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of diagnoses. Since all of these have different treatments, it is important that your doctor evaluates you so the diagnosis can be made and treatment initiated. If you smoke, you need to quit. You doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more
I have this really bad persistant cough but nothings coming up its a dry cough n i can't eat sleep or breath without coughing what do I have?
Suppressants: The cough which is a common symptom with most viral upper respiratory illnesses, not just influenza, can be suppressed by a variety of treatments. A teaspoon of honey, dextro-methorphan (dm), or Codeine are often used. Tessilon perls are also used at times to suppress the cough. If it is not getting better after a week it may be time to see your physician. ...Read more
Why do I sometimes feel like I have to cough when I dont even have a cold? I do have allergies and my mother had asthma, so what causes that feeling?
Airways inflammation: is simply the description of asthma / rhinosinusitis, I am not sure what you meant by the allergies you have, probably it is upper airways symptoms, the inflammation of which can affect the lower airways too and cause cough even if you don't have a cold, see an allergist or your doctor for evaluation, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, best wishes ...Read more
Identify trigger : The best treatment for a cough is to first try to identify the trigger, so specific treatment can be provided. A cough specialist, such as allergist or pulmonologist can through chest x-ray, breathing test (spirometry) and a thorough history likely find the cause....Then comes the relief! ...Read more
I have been experiencing wheezing when I sleep. I have bad allergies, but I'm afraid it could be asthma. What do you suggest?
Nonspecific: Those symptoms are nonspecific, which means it could be anything from a 'cold', bronchitis, Gastroesophageal reflux, heart disease, allergic rhinitis, etc... See your doctor. If the pain just happens after coughing, it would suggest cough is the cause, if it is not related, you should see your doctor more promptly. ...Read more
When I have a sore throat i tend to always have a very dry rough cough. Could this be whooping cough? How do I know? No other symptoms just bad cough.
Have had cold for a week, still a little stuffy plus have urge to cough when I breathe and have when I laugh I have to cough. What could it be?
I have a persistent deep scratchy cough, what should I do for it?Is there antibiotics that will make it stop. I have had this cough for the past month
Not likely infection: Since your symptoms have been for a month now, it is not likely due to an infection, at least not at this time. There is such a thing as a post-viral (inflammatory) cough. Cough-variant asthma, or as simple as postnasal drip from allergies can cause persistent cough. I suggest getting evaluated by your doc as soon as it is feasible for you. Otc delsym (dextromethorphan) may help the cough for now. Good luck. ...Read more
Are you sure: Wheezing is evidence of reactive airways and/or inflammation. Some may have reactivity during respiratory illnesses and therefore would not carry the label of asthma. If more chronic, some degree of asthma may be the appropriate designation. More important is to be evaluated to see if an acute or chronic medication can help your symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After the cold I still cough for month do I have bronchitis? If I do what do I do other than go dr. I cough with my troat irritation and lot a mucus
Chestpain w/cough : More info needed to answer. 'Could be mild viral bronchitis with pleuritis. However, many other causes are possible Is there shortness of breath. How long symptoms present. History of smoke or dust exposure? The list is not short. A visit to your doctor is appropriate if symtopms do not resolve ina very few days. ...Read more
Chronic cough: I don't know why you have a chronic cough, but the cause of that is the cause of the phlegm. The most common causes of chronic cough (asthma, reflux, drugs) don't usually produce phlegm, but allergies with post nasal drip may. See your physician this week to see what is behind your cough. ...Read more
Dry cough: Well, first stop smoking! that should help and if it continues, you need to see your doctor to see if you have damaged your lungs already and need an inhaler. Also, if you are stomach problems, they can make you cough, so really you should see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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