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I have a tickling throat that makes me cough. This happens every night so what i can do about it?

I have a tickling throat that makes me cough. This happens every night so what i can do about it?

Antacids: The most common causes of cough in adult include esophageal reflux and asthma/allergies. You can start by trying an antacid. If that works, then reflux is causing your cough. Also be sure you don't have obstructive sleep apnea, which would wake you up coughing. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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Tickling throat that makes me cough happens every night. How do I get rid of this?

Tickling throat that makes me cough happens every night. How do I get rid of this?

? reflux: If this only happens every night when you lay down to go to bed - this sound like it is most likely being caused by gastroesophageal reflux. Would probably be helped most by seeing an ENT doc to look down your throat to see - and if the appearance of your vocal corsds confirms this possibility, then seeing a gastoenterologist for complete work-up and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible for cough drops to irritate your throat and cause tickling if overused?

Is it possible for cough drops to irritate your throat and cause tickling if overused?

Avoid menthol: Menthol which is in most drops, feels good and cool at first. But it is drying to the mucosa and will dry your irritated throat. So use glycerin instead. Or black currant. Or pectin containing drops. ...Read more

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There's this tickling feeling in the back of my throat and i constantly cough! how to cure this?

There's this tickling feeling in the back of my throat and i constantly cough! how to cure this?

Antihistamines: The most common reason for having a throat tickle is allergy. You may or may not have runny/itchy eyes & nose with sneezing; but it is worth a try. Daily, non-sedating claritin, zyrtec, or Allegra should do the trick. This may be a seasonal thing, or may be year round. If it is more of a constant thing, then switch your daily antihistamine every 2-3 months to maintain the effect. ...Read more

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My throat has been bothering me for a couple days. There is no pain, just tickling when i clear my throat, a cough and a scratchy voice. Any ideas?

Inflammation: This could just be inflammation which is usually caused by post-nasal drip whether you can feel it or not. Try rinsing your nose with saline solution using a sinus rinse bottle. Neil-med makes one that works well and can be found in most drug stores and grocery stores. ...Read more

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I have been coughing brown mucus as well as tingling sensation in my chest and throat when i breathe. My cough hurts as well. Is there anything wrong?

I have been coughing brown mucus as well as tingling sensation in my chest and throat when i breathe. My cough hurts as well. Is there anything wrong?

See a doctor: Yes, it sounds like you have a respiratory infection. Given the brown mucus and effects on breathing, it is recommended you follow-up with your physician for further assessment. ...Read more

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I've had a bad cough for about 2 weeks now the cough has improved but now i get a painful burning/tingling itch in my throat that causes me to gag/cry?

I've had a bad cough for about 2 weeks now the cough has improved but now i get a painful burning/tingling itch in my throat that causes me to gag/cry?

Allergy / infection?: is it dry cough ? That could be as an allergic reaction to meds of foods,if there are mucus ,then it could be a slight chest and throat infection that may need antibiotics and meds to loosen mucus. ...Read more

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I have been waking every night for the last few months about 4 times with a tickle in the same place at the side of my throat that makes me cough?

See below: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Tickle in my throat for the last week or so, not sick at all but it makes me cough. What is this? What should I do?

Tickle in my throat for the last week or so,  not sick at all but it makes me cough. What is this? What should I do?

Allergies: Post nasal drip due to allergies is a big possibility. Try one of the OTC antihistamines. The drainage down the back of your throat may cause the tickle. ...Read more

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What can I do for a tickle in throat that makes me constantly need to cough?

What can I do for a tickle in throat that makes me constantly need to cough?

Consider Papaya: Mild tickle in throat is often related to mild irritation from environmental allergens/irritants. When pain is not severe, consider trying papaya enzyme tablets. They are safe, natural and many of my patients relate symptomatic improvement in throat symptoms. If pain is progressive, persistent or associated with systemic symptoms such as fever, consider seeing your health care provider. ...Read more

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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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