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I have this dry but very annoying cough for quite a time now

Hi there, I have this dry...
Hi there,
I have this dry but very annoying cough for quite a long time now (4-5 weeks). I didn't have any flu or cold symptoms. I have this tickling feeling all the time and the cough gets worse in the evening.
Is there anything I can take to get rid of it?
Many thanks
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Were any investigations done to see for the cause? Do you have any diagnosed medical condition?
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Customer reply replied 4 years ago

Hi there,

I haven't been to a doctor yet and no, I don't have any medical conditions. I have a lot of stress lately. Could it be related to that?

Nicole,
I am worried for the cough being there for weeks now.
Coughing is response of your body to a foreign substance like mucus in your lungs and upper airway passages. Dry cough can be due to varied causes like - viral infection/ allergy/ postnasal drip/ asthma/ heart issue, reflux or medicine induced.
This being there for weeks needs to be evaluated for sure.
A physical evaluation along with few investigations like chest x ray/ blood tests/ throat swab should give us a clue to diagnosis.
As of now - Benadryl and Motrin should help you get rid of allergy or inflammation component. Have balanced diet, adequate fluid/ avoid alcohol, smoking and spicy food. Have multiple meals instead of few large, do not lie down immediately after food. Raise the head part of your bed. I would not think of stress as the cause of dry cough. However it may aggravate cough for sure. Yoga, meditation may help you stay away from stress and anxiety. I would avoid use of cough suppressants until we reach at a diagnosis.
Wish you well.
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