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Have had a scratchy throat for the past three weeks or so. I…

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Hi have had a...

Hi have had a scratchy throat for the past three weeks or so. I stopped smoking about a month ago so it could be a reaction to that.

Doctor's Assistant: How severe is this?

Just an annoyance.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Nothing. It's not viral as no phlegm coming out, nor is it steep throat. Tonsils are not inflamed. But the back of the throat is a bit red. And scratched.

Submitted: 5 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 5 months ago
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Hello and thank you for the question.
Answers given are for informational purposes only and are not meant to replace an exam by an in-person.
I am Dr. Sohaib, a practicing Internal Medicine Specialist and I will do my best to help you today.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Thanks
Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 5 months ago

Usually when the chronic smokers stop smoking, the cough becomes little more severe and productive because the damaged epithelial lining of respiratory tract due to smoking, starts regenerating.

However, since it is only your throat, this doesn't explains the cessation effect of smoking satisfactorily.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
What do you mean by severe and productive?
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
It's not a heavy cough either
Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 5 months ago

Chronic smokers usually have some cough, so when they stop smoking the cough becomes more initially paradoxically due to mechanism I explained earlier. Productive means cough with phlegm.

Usually this kind of throat irritation is secondarily to allergies (environmental) or gastroesophageal reflux.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Ok
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
What do you think this is?
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I don't have any other swelling or anything like this?
Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 5 months ago

Since you have been smoking, there is most likely an allergic response or reflux from stomach

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Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 5 months ago

Because in the absence of fever this prolonged symptom doesn't look like to be due to infection.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
My cough is slightly heavier in the morning and then it's more non existent through the day. If my throat hurts salt water and lozenges seem to make it better.
Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 5 months ago

Now with 3 weeks history of these symptoms I would suggest to have this evaluated by your doctor, and not to wait any further.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
It's just the scratches on the throat I'm worried about.
Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 5 months ago

There is no harm to continue with lozenges; but this is giving you a temporary relief only and the cough is still persistent; We need to identify the reason for that and treat effectively; that's why you need to have this evaluated Soon.

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Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 5 months ago

I would do a chest xray and some basic blood tests like a cbc initially. And if nothing found may be you need an endoscopy to look for reflux.

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Doctor: Dr. Sohaib, Doctor replied 5 months ago

Good luck

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