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Tickly cough

Tickly coughs are dry coughs producing little or no mucus

Echinacea is a traditional herb known to aid the body in its fight against the symptoms of cold and flu. Supplements like Echinaforce help increase the body’s resistance to infection by strengthening the immune system, allowing the body to fight the misery of colds and flu.


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    Jonathan wareing — 16.06.2017 15:43
    Hi I have had this cough for over 8 months an I have kidney failure told my reanl unit they told me to make appointment for my doctors which I have done is there anything I can do as my tempture is 39.5 was fine this morning but now gone back up it keeps doing it all the time just bought some simple lectus cough medicine


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      Jen Tan — 17.06.2017 10:12
      Renal failure can make you more prone to infection and a temperature of 39.5 celcius is an indication that something is brewing. However, we do need to work out where the infection is taking hold. Unless you have new respiratory symptoms, it is unlikely to be related to your long-standing cough. Simple linctus can help the cough symptomatically, and if you think that there is an underlying viral infection such as a cold or flu, we would recommend the use of Echinacea. It is good that you have an appointment to see your doctors but if symptoms worsen, please seek help urgently.


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    Henrietta — 31.05.2017 09:31
    I walked by a smoker and managed to get a gulp of it by accident. Ever scince that my throat has been really irritated and has made me cough a lot and occasionally my chest hurts a little bit. I am worried that the smoke has damaged me somehow.


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      Jen Tan — 01.06.2017 09:13
      Hello Henrietta, It is not likely that a single gulp of smoke will cause any permanent damage. However, what might have happened is that the tissues at the back of your throat have become inflamed giving rise to a cough which in turn can lead to a strained muscle in your chest wall. These symptoms should settle and to help speed this up, perhaps you could try the echinacea and sage throat spray. Of course, if symptoms persist, please see your doctor.


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    Georgia Holt — 30.05.2017 23:41
    Hi I have a dry cough that is 90% of the night time. I hardly cough during the day and I don't have any other cold/flu symptoms. I have asthma so I'm wondering do you think it's to do with my asthma?


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      Jen Tan — 01.06.2017 09:13
      Yes, this could be asthma. Depending on your age, we would also be wanting to exclude the possibility of a heart problem. You are best to see your doctor to get a diagnosis.


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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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