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Why does my cough get worse at night or first in the morning?

Why does my cough get worse at night or first in the morning?

Position?: If your cough worsens when you lie down, either at night or in the morning, it may be due to post-nasal drip or gerd. Both of these can cause bronchospasm and lead to cough. The treatments for these are different so see your doctor so treatment can be initiated if either or both of these proves to be the culprit.

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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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Chronic chest pain worse in supine position. Saw card 1 yr ago dx pericarditis. Cough (new sx) for only the first 2 to 3hr in morning. No smoker. Ideas?

Chronic chest pain worse in supine position. Saw card 1 yr ago dx pericarditis. Cough (new sx) for only the first 2 to 3hr in morning. No smoker. Ideas?

Chronic chest pain: May be reflux. Would elevate head of bed when sleeping and try 1 month of prevecid 30 qd (OTC) and 150 mg of ranitidine OTC see if that helps. You are on plaqunil so likely have autoimmune disease so consider clot and recurrent pericarditis, as well (less likely) but call you doctor in AM, may be flare

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Asthma vs. Rad my son has cough variant asthma, he never wheezes during an attack, just coughs violently and uncontrolably. He recently has had this cough for the past week that he just can't shake. It get really bad in the first thing in mornings and at

Asthma vs. Rad my son has cough variant asthma, he never wheezes during an attack, just coughs violently and uncontrolably. He recently has had this cough for the past week that he just can't shake. It get really bad in the first thing in mornings and at

Kids: Kids do not have to wheeze to have asthma, as you have indicated that your son has cough variant asthma. The Flovent and ventolin are appropriate management from your physician. I am not sure what the urgent care physician was treating with the amoxicillin. Antibiotics are not used to treat wheezing or cough variant asthma or rad (simply meaning the airways react/narrow to stimulus such as infections, exercise, or allergies). Was the physician concerned about a bacterial infection? In that case the antibiotic would be appropriate.

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I sometimes get a light dry cough but its only at night usually and I'm usually fine when I wake up next morning. What is this?

I sometimes get a light dry cough but its only at night usually and I'm usually fine when I wake up next morning. What is this?

No cause for alarm: 18 year old male asks, "I sometimes get a light cough but its only at night usually and I'm usually fine when I wake up next morning. What is this? " Could be a number of things like; Allergies with Post Nasal drips, sleeping with direct fan or air conditioner blowing directly at the person. However if one is fine in the morning, there is probably no cause for alarm.

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I get lots of cough in morning n at night. Its very severe at night. I m not able to sleep also. My age is 38 yrs.

I get lots of cough in morning n at night. Its very severe at night. I m not able to sleep also. My age is 38 yrs.

Reflux esophagitis: Is one possibility, try otc omeprazole if you are not pregnant. 20 mg in am 30 min before food. asthma is also a possibility

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I've had a dry cough for 2 weeks gagging everytime. Worse at night and morning. Should I see a doctor?

I've had a dry cough for 2 weeks gagging everytime. Worse at night and morning. Should I see a doctor?

Yes: You should see a doctor. It sounds to me like could be some allergens causing you to cough like that. There are many good medications that can help you out.

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Dizzy spells at night and sometimes in the morning and I have a cough for the last 4 days I mainly get dizzy at night?

Dizzy spells at night and sometimes in the morning and I have a cough for the last 4 days I mainly get dizzy at night?

See a Dr. Or ENT: Hard tro say what is going on without a thorough history and exam. See a Dr., whom may refer you to an ENT specialist

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I would like to know do I have to get my 2 year old son to a doc, He sleeps ok at night sometimes just a dry cough but every morning he has a dry cou?

I would like to know do I have to get my 2 year old son to a doc, He sleeps ok at night sometimes just a dry cough but every morning he has a dry cou?

Effect on daily life: If this has no more effect than what you describe I would ignore it until it does. You may want to check the sleeping area & remove any source of irritants, like dust, fragrance, etc.

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My son has been having this dry cough with a blocked nose for over a month now. It only gets worse at night and in the morning. There is no fever?

My son has been having this dry cough with a blocked nose for over a month now. It only gets worse at night and in the morning. There is no fever?

Consult your doctor: Could be due to exposure to allergens, smoke, or viruses. Asthma also a possibility. Best consult with your doctor

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Cough for 2 mos worse at night and morning not going away. Taken z-pack, prednisone, inhaler after 3 drs. Slight burning in chest. What next?

Cough for 2 mos worse at night and morning not going away. Taken z-pack, prednisone, inhaler after 3 drs. Slight burning in chest. What next?

Chronic cough: There are many causes of chronic cough including asthma, post nasal drip from allergies and sinus infection as well as ge acid reflux. Burning in the chest can be a symptoms of acid reflux. Usual evaluations of chronic cough include lung function testing, chest x-ray and even visit to lung specialist such as pulmonologist or allergist.

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Started with a sore throat, moved to a cough, now very chesty and some production. Worse in the morning and night. 10 days old. Just a cold? Or more?

Started with a sore throat, moved to a cough, now very chesty and some production. Worse in the morning and night. 10 days old. Just a cold? Or more?

Possibly more....: 10 days is pretty long for a common cold. If your are coughing up colored phlegm or having colored nasal discharge you may have a sino-bronchial syndrome: basically, sinusitis with bronchitis. I suggest a medical examination, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

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Cough for about 3 days, sore throat worse in early morning and at night, now coughing out some darker green mucus. Ear pressure, nose slight stuffy?

Cough for about 3 days, sore throat worse in early morning and at night, now coughing out some darker green mucus. Ear pressure, nose slight stuffy?

Take Honey: Get Netflix. Watch a funny movie, rest, relax. Take honey - about one tsp 3x a day for the cough. Drink green tea with lemon and honey - at least six glasses / day. Green mucus suggest thick stale drainage, possible bacteria. Humming helps move the mucus. If persists, ask doctor about using Hydro Pulse Nasal/Sinus irrigator to remove stale phlegm and restore good cilia movement

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Why does cough from bronchitis get worse at night?

Why does cough from bronchitis get worse at night?

Many reasons: Most likely due to humidity, position, temperature changes; can be d/t environment changes (@ home not work) and allergens present; can be meds wearing off from earlier in day. Should discuss w/your dr to see how to best manage symptoms.

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Why do symptoms get worse at night like fever or cough?

Why do symptoms get worse at night like fever or cough?

Increased vagal tone: That's rather physiological, parasympathetic part of the nervous system tends to have increased activity at night, the vagus nerve, one of the most complex cranial nerves, is part of that system, it innervates several systems, hence the increased symptoms at night, also the fever is controlled centrally in the brain. This is an intricate complex system cannot be fully understood / explained here

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Why does my asthma get worse at night my throaht feels clogged with mucus and the cough is very deep?

Why does my asthma get worse at night my throaht feels clogged with mucus and the cough is very deep?

Nocturnal Asthma: There is a natural tendency for airway swelling and constriction to increase at night, due to the normal nighttime fall in hormones that suppress inflammation, the so-called diurnal rhythm. There is also a greater tendency for secretions to pool in the larger airways when you are lying down and breathing is more shallow. Adjusting asthma meds in the evening and adding expectorants may help.

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