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What causes tickling sensation in throat?

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Posted on Fri, 20 May 2016
Question: I only have a tickle in my throat. No watery eyes, no fever, Very little post nasal drip. Never cough up anything. Went to my doctor and she didn't even listen to my problem. The coughing is so bad, I sometimes wrench my back, my ribs hurt, other littles aches and pains. I've tried cough medicine with D. Tried Mucinex D. The cough returns within an hour or two. Even jut walking up stairs or getting in and out of the car, causes me to cough uncontrollably.

I have had this for months, even years if I think about it/ Last year I was sent for a swallow test, the breathing test. It is getting more and more difficult to handle every day affairs. I still work and sometimes cant go to work because I end up with bladder leakage.
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (2 hours later)
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Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome

Your concern is appreciated

Cough is common reflex mechanism to clear throat of mucus or foreign irritants
number of conditions causing frequent bout of coughing are there
Persistent cough lasting more than 8 weeks is chronic cough
Normally cough occur when airways get irritated with anything or to clear mucus
Respiratory track infection are more commonly assosiated with it
Post nasal drip due to sinusitis or rhinosinusitis
Severe allergies can make your airway very sensitive to many things and can cause constant irritations resulting in cough.
Asthma
GERD
Smoking can cause chronic cough as do exposure to irritants like second hand smoke wood smoke cooking fumes dust and toxic chemicals ; air pollution can play a significant
medication like ACE inhibitors
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Brochiactasis tuberculosis
Emphysema
Lung cancer
Congestive heart failure
Pulmonary edema
vocal cords damage
Obstructive sleep apnea

Chest X ray, blood tests like WBC count ,throat examination, indireat lyrngoscopy,spirometry ,CT chest can be done

You can discuss it with your doctor
Hope it will help
Thanks.

Wishing you best of health

Dr M.S Khalil
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (17 hours later)
How does this answer my problem. I read all this on the internet. You have not told me anything that I haven't already investigated. I've talked to doctors. It does not help me find out what is causing my cough. I cough all day and night. I need a more specific answer, not a explanation of what causes a cough. I've taken cough suppressant, acid reflex medication, medication for sinus. gargled with salt water. etc, etc.

I've never smoked, I don't have asthma. My chest xray was clear.

I do have afib and myrtal regurgitation. But my stress tests are fine.

Should I go to a eye,ear,nose throat doctor for more answers.

I have some calcified tumors on my thyroid. Nothing serious.

Which doctor would you suggest I go to first, since my allergist and general doctor have not come up with a solution.

Thanks. I really would appreciate some suggestions.
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (6 hours later)
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Hello again.

I am extremely sorry for your distress.

I can understand your agony but it was all the possible causes for cough having persistent incapacitating cough without any observable cause is very unusual and for that reason difficult to diagnose and in turn difficult to treat because if a cause cant be found how can be correctly cured only symptomatic treatment that is cough suppresents are given.
To your answer as which doctor you should consult
You should definately ENT specialist you said previously that you have postnasal drip , postnasal drip stimulate cough receptors in hypophrynx or layrnx its then refered to as upper airway cough syndrome people withit has more sensitive upper airway cough reflex which can be contributing to the pathogenesis of cough and futher throat examination, phayrnx, larynx all can be examined by him. Secondly consult a pulmonologist, CT chest can be advised and bronchoscopy can also be done to exclude any other indetectible cause.
Arteriovenous malform ation in lungs can cause chronic severe cough in other wise normal people.
Thyroid calcification or any masses can compress upon recurrent laryngeal nerve which can cause hoarsness of the voice.

Hope it helps
Thanks

Dr M.S Khalil
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Brief Answer: Explained in detail Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome Your concern is appreciated Cough is common reflex mechanism to clear throat of mucus or foreign irritants number of conditions causing frequent bout of coughing are there Persistent cough lasting more than 8 weeks is chronic cough Normally cough occur when airways get irritated with anything or to clear mucus Respiratory track infection are more commonly assosiated with it Post nasal drip due to sinusitis or rhinosinusitis Severe allergies can make your airway very sensitive to many things and can cause constant irritations resulting in cough. Asthma GERD Smoking can cause chronic cough as do exposure to irritants like second hand smoke wood smoke cooking fumes dust and toxic chemicals ; air pollution can play a significant medication like ACE inhibitors Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Brochiactasis tuberculosis Emphysema Lung cancer Congestive heart failure Pulmonary edema vocal cords damage Obstructive sleep apnea Chest X ray, blood tests like WBC count ,throat examination, indireat lyrngoscopy,spirometry ,CT chest can be done You can discuss it with your doctor Hope it will help Thanks. Wishing you best of health Dr M.S Khalil