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Almost 2 weeks now I have had this continuous dry cough and no cough meds seem to help and if they do its not for long. What coukd be the cause?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibilities...

Possibilities for a cough like this include bronchospasm from any etiology including infections (bacterial, viral, atypicals, etc.
). Other possibilities include gerd, post-nasal drip or other sinus problems or even a combination of factors. You definitely should have this diagnosed by your doctor so the correct treatment can be given. If you smoke, you need to quit asap.

In brief: Possibilities...

Possibilities for a cough like this include bronchospasm from any etiology including infections (bacterial, viral, atypicals, etc.
). Other possibilities include gerd, post-nasal drip or other sinus problems or even a combination of factors. You definitely should have this diagnosed by your doctor so the correct treatment can be given. If you smoke, you need to quit asap.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
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In brief: Persistent cough

Persistent dry coughs tend to be due to either allergies (with postnasal drip) or, in some cases, due to medications--lisinopril, in particular. Occasionally, persistent cough can just be the after effect of a recent cold.
Both of these kinds of cough originate in the back of your throat. If it feels like the cough is coming from deep in your chest, consider other causes like asthma, or pertussis.

In brief: Persistent cough

Persistent dry coughs tend to be due to either allergies (with postnasal drip) or, in some cases, due to medications--lisinopril, in particular. Occasionally, persistent cough can just be the after effect of a recent cold.
Both of these kinds of cough originate in the back of your throat. If it feels like the cough is coming from deep in your chest, consider other causes like asthma, or pertussis.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Steven Levine
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Infection

Unresolved cough after 10 days should be evaluated.
Please see your family doctor or otolaryngologist.

In brief: Infection

Unresolved cough after 10 days should be evaluated.
Please see your family doctor or otolaryngologist.
Dr. Steven Levine
Dr. Steven Levine
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: ? Reflux disease

Could be anything.
Needs to rule out any lung problems or laryngeal problems first. You may also be having gastrophageal reflux disease, if you have nocturnal cough. You need to see your doctor.

In brief: ? Reflux disease

Could be anything.
Needs to rule out any lung problems or laryngeal problems first. You may also be having gastrophageal reflux disease, if you have nocturnal cough. You need to see your doctor.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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