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I have had a persistent dry tickly cough for about5 weeks.

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I have had a persistent dry tickly cough for about5 weeks. My doctor gave me a ventolin inhaler which made no difference, actually made me cough ... What could be the cause? and what can I try to get rid of it?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr.David replied 4 years ago.
Welcome to the just answer website. I need the following information from you, so that I can provide you the best answer:

Do you have sore throat?
Breathing discomfort?
Running nose?
Do you have any pain in upper abdomen above navel?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

No sore throat

Only breathing difficulty when I try to breathe deeply.

Last week I was in Rome on a city break and whilst there my cough stopped but my nose ran (and bled a little) constantly. My nasal drip has now dried up but the cough is back.

I live in Northern Ireland a much damper climate than Italy

I have no abdominal pain.

Expert:  Dr.David replied 4 years ago.
The chronic cough you are having from last 5 weeks can be due to following causes: asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinus problems like sinus infection,esophageal reflux of stomach contents(GERD),postnasal drip (Rhinorrhea).Other cause are:lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis,bronchiectasis,certain medications,respiratory irritants such as chemicals.

You need X-ray chest,pulmonary function test,allergy and sinus tests,endoscopy,bronchoscopy.Dry coughs are treated with cough suppressants also called antitussives. Dextromethorphan, Diphenhydramine,codeine are the common one.Other cough suppressants include glycerin and lemon and honey, which coat and soothe the back of the throat.Antibiotics may be prescribed if infection is confirmed.

Exact diagnosis can only be made after physical & clinical examination.So I advice you to make an appointment with your doctor for these tests & examination to know the exact cause & then treatment will be done accordingly.

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