Dry Cough

A dry cough is usually seen at the end of a cold or after being exposed to dust or smoke. The other causes of dry cough are a viral infection, allergies, asthma, and blockage of the air passage.

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I have had a raspy throat, sinusitis, and dry cough for a long time, and now I feel irritation in the throat. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have had a raspy throat, sometimes a dry cough, sinusitis, and post nasal drip all my life, but I have been suffering from this throat condition for a long time which developed into a dry cough that is not consistent, but only sometimes. The tickle in the throat or a feeling of irritatio...  Read Full »


Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to have chronic pharyngitis secondary to postnasal drip. It may be due to a longstanding allergy. The most common cause is household dust. It would help if you frequently change your curtains and doormats. Avoid pollen and other allergens. For now, you may cont...  Read Full »

My 4-year-old baby has been suffering from a dry cough for three months and a fever once a week. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My 4-year-old baby has a dry cough since three months and fever once a week. Kindly advice.  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I understand your concern.Please get the child's complete blood count (CBC), C-reactive protein (CRP quantitative), and chest X-ray done. Further management will depend on these reports.Till then please check the temperature with a thermometer. If the temperature is 100 deg...  Read Full »

Is there any effective way to control phlegm passing down the throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 29 years old. I am having constant cold problems, not a runny nose but I always can feel phlegm passing down in the back of the throat throughout the year. When certain conditions like prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, symptoms like dry cough, heaviness all over the face espe...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is there any throat pain? Any long term nose block? Any decreased sense of smell? Can you please take a picture of the back of the throat with open mouth showing details of the affected area and send it to me?  Read Full »

How can fever and a continuous dry cough be treated in a kid?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is having a fever for the last five days and has dipped slowly from 102.5 F to 100.4 F in five days. The fever is backed up by a cough also. For the last 36 hours, he is having a continuous dry cough for which our physician suggested Levolin syrup half teaspoon thrice a day. Ple...  Read Full »


Dr. Simy Mathew

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your child is having viral upper respiratory tract infection. His fever will subside in another two days. Viral fevers last for five to seven days. A cough will remain for a few days. I suggest instead of giving syrup Levolin (Levosalbutamol /Levalbuterol), nebulize hi...  Read Full »

My son often suffers with dry cough. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 5.6 years old. He is having dry cough for the last 8 to 10 weeks. It is very often worse at night. Also, he had a bad ulcer and pain. He also had a dry cough twice last year, but not this bad. Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your history, that the cough is more at night and lasts for a long time this seems to be a case of hyperactive airway disease. This disease causes problems, mainly during changes in weather and lasts till the age of up to 8 years to maximum 12 years in children....  Read Full »

With a single dose of medicine my cough disappeared. Should I discontinue it?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a dry cough for literally more than two months. So, I got my chest X-rayed, and it was totally normal. I have been a smoker for five years but gave up smoking in the past three months. In these three months, I must have smoked 15 cigarettes. I went to the chief general physician...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Continue the medicines for the whole duration that the doctor has advised. If you stop the medicines now, the symptoms will recur. However, after the full course, the chances of recurrence are less. Avoid smoking if it is leading to such problems in you. Smoking leads...  Read Full »

Whenever it is cold, I cough. Can you tell me what the problem is?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 years old. I had a dry cough, which did not go away completely. I was a smoker and then gave up. I smoked for five years. Within the last few weeks, I must have smoked ten cigarettes. My issue is whenever the temperature is cold, I cough and when it is sunny, I would not cough ...  Read Full »


Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you said that you have been smoking for five years and now have a cough with clear mucus expectoration, it is most likely due to bronchitis. It is very common to have a cough if you smoke more than five cigarettes per day. Also, because of cold weather, it gets ag...  Read Full »

I am pregnant and suffering from dry cough. How to get treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 12 weeks pregnant. For the last three days, I am suffering from a dry cough. My doctor prescribed me Ambrolite D syrup two teaspoons at bedtime and a Vozet tablet once a day. He said that it is an allergic cough. But, after consuming the medicine for two days, my cough does not im...  Read Full »


Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing your query to me. A dry cough for more than three days in the absence of breathing difficulties usually suggests viral pharyngitis. You do not need to take antibiotics unless you have a fever. At the same time, you said you are 12 weeks pregnant, so ...  Read Full »

I experience bouts of dry cough every winter. How can I prevent that?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a dry cough problem. While breathing, there is a difficulty. At night, it gets worse and I start to sweat. I have this problem every year during the winter. I got a blood test done and the result was 8 % eosinophilia. Please suggest. I am taking Banocide forte.  Read Full »


Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the history you have provided, you seem to have a slightly higher eosinophil count in the blood. This is termed eosinophilia. It occurs as a result of a hypersensitivity reaction of the body towards a certain form of allergen in the atmosphere, and in your cas...  Read Full »

Is low platelet count a symptom of dengue?

Query: Hi doctor, My father has nagging dry cough¬†for about one month. Our physician has doubted it as allergic bronchitis and the x-ray also justifies the same. As per today, his platelet count is 125000. Is there anything to worry? Or is this a sign of dengue? Myself and my brother have just recovered f...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshuman Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For dengue, the first and the foremost thing to be present is fever. Dengue is not diagnosed only on the basis of platelet count. Also, mild thrombocytopenia (low platelet) is common in older adults. All you have to check is the trend of platelet count whether it is de...  Read Full »

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