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Tickly cough

Tickly coughs are dry coughs producing little or no mucus

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    NK — 16.02.2018 19:10
    Hi, I have sometimes sudden onset of a very dry tickly cough witch makes me gasp for air and makes me to almost vomit, and this tickle is very difficult to stop. It is very difficult to predict, it seems comes from nowhere; seems like some receptors in the back of my airways lower down are very sensitive to any invisible pollutant in the air. Very scary when it happens. So far nobody has an answer for me. Any trick how to quickly stop this onset?


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    john — 08.02.2018 20:28
    what about cows water an indian told me it works eonders


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      Jen Tan — 08.02.2018 21:44
      Hello John. I am afraid that I am unable to comment on this as I have neither the knowledge or experience of using cow's water. If I do discover anything, I will come back to you.


    • Tina's photo avatar
      Tina — 13.02.2018 03:59
      What IS cow’s water? Never heard of it.


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    USbase — 06.02.2018 02:50
    Hi, Im struggling with my Drycough and its been a month now.. I recently had my Xray and cbc to check if my lungs is clear ..the result was CLEAR CHEST XRAY no signs of Ptb so the doctor recommended antibiotic to treat my sinus and levocitirizine if cough tickles.. I always drink water, drink vitamins , taking my antihistamine daily but nothing happens... I have chesty dry cough without pleghm... Please assist TY


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      Dr Jen Tan — 06.02.2018 10:29
      Hello, Sorry to hear that you are struggling with a dry cough. If your antibiotic or allergy medication is not helping your symptoms. You could mention to the doctor other possible causes for your cough, such as a viral infection or acid reflux, as mentioned above. Drinking plenty of plain water is a good idea. I suggest avoiding diary products and to try Plantago herbal remedy. as this could be of benefit to ease any sinus issues. This remedy contains toning properties for the ear, nose and throat tract. I hope this helps.


Bronchosan - Pine Cough Syrup for dry, tickly, irritating throat coughs


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Extract of fresh spruce (pine) shoots and honey. For dry, tickly and irritating coughs.
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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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