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Suggest Treatment For Dry Cough

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Posted on Tue, 10 Oct 2017
Question: Dry cough with rough voice for a week, what could it be?

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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (45 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Acute Laryngitis

Detailed Answer:
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Dry cough along with hoarse voice is suggestive of Acute Laryngitis, which is usually caused by viral infection. Symptoms usually subside in 10-12 days.
You can try the following measures for symptom relief
-Please be advised to follow voice rest. Do not talk too much or talk very loudly. Please be careful not to whisper. Whispering can put extra strain on vocal cords.
-Warm saline gargle three times daily
-Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
-You can take Tylenol if pain develops
-If you have associated allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose etc, use cetirizine 10 mg once daily.
-Avoid smoking, if you do so
If the symptoms do not decrease in next 3 days, follow up with an ENT specialist to rule out possible bacterial infection and initiation of antibiotics if needed.

Hope this answers your questions
Please address further questions here
Regards
Dr.Lekshmi
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Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal

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Suggest Treatment For Dry Cough

Brief Answer: Acute Laryngitis Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for trusting HCM Dry cough along with hoarse voice is suggestive of Acute Laryngitis, which is usually caused by viral infection. Symptoms usually subside in 10-12 days. You can try the following measures for symptom relief -Please be advised to follow voice rest. Do not talk too much or talk very loudly. Please be careful not to whisper. Whispering can put extra strain on vocal cords. -Warm saline gargle three times daily -Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated -You can take Tylenol if pain develops -If you have associated allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose etc, use cetirizine 10 mg once daily. -Avoid smoking, if you do so If the symptoms do not decrease in next 3 days, follow up with an ENT specialist to rule out possible bacterial infection and initiation of antibiotics if needed. Hope this answers your questions Please address further questions here Regards Dr.Lekshmi