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Dry cough

A dry cough produces little or no mucus and is caused by irritation or inflammation in the throat and chest

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    Zig — 26.04.2017 12:42
    come back from France, had this tickle in the back of my throat for about 3 days now. cough a little, bring up green phlegm, no signs of a runny nose or fever. have the urge to cough every now and then because of the tickling, no wheezing sound. tried hot drinks, flu tablets, herbal drink. because i dont have a a runny nose, dont think its a cold?


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    sana — 24.04.2017 20:03
    Hi, i m suffering from dry cough early morning as i wake up for an hour and i try hard to spit on. It has been two years n still i m nt getting well. it occurs both in summer and winter season please help me get rid of this problem.


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      Ashiq — 24.04.2017 20:18
      Consult doctor


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      Jen Tan — 25.04.2017 09:46
      I am sorry that you have been suffering this cough for such a long time. The first thing I need to check with you is that you have been to your doctor. If so, perhaps you can email me directly using the ASK A QUESTION box - information on what your doctor said when he examined you, any tests done or medicines prescribed will be of great help.


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    Maria walker — 23.04.2017 23:54
    Hi I have an underactive thyroid high blood pressure and cholesterol I am on medication for all but I have developed a cough a dry cough it sometimes grips my breath and also when I'm talking it will interrupt my speech my throat at the bottom is sometimes like tickly and makes me cough I have been to doc he has taken me off blood pressure meds and sending me for chest x ray but I'm thinking it's to do with my thyroid


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      Jen Tan — 24.04.2017 08:53
      Certain types of blood pressure medicines are known to cause a dry cough and it is good that your doctor has considered this possibility. However, this side effect can take some time to settle. A chest x-ray will of course help to exclude other underlying causes for your cough. You are also correct that thyroid problems can cause a dry cough but why this happens is less clear - your doctor will be best to advise you on relevance in your case.


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A tickly cough is technically termed as ‘non-productive.’ This is because, unlike a chesty cough, tickly or dry coughs typically bring up little to no phlegm.

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