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How to treat dry cough?

Hi This is Rishabh Jain,



I am getting dry cough from last one year very frequently after every 2 months. Its starting from throught iching or pain and then dry cough. when I try to sleep, frequency of cough is increasing. Could you please help me on this?
Mon, 22 Jun 2015
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Allergist and Immunologist 's  Response
Hello Mr Rishabh,

Thank you for asking at HCM.

I would like to know more about you like -

a. What are your nose symptoms - nose congestion, blockade, running nose, sneezing, etc?

b. Do you have headache, facial heaviness, etc?

c. Have you ever had wheezing or chest tightness or breathing difficulty?

d. Do you have any symptoms like regurgitation of fluids, especially after heavy/spicy meals, etc?

e. Do you smoke? Are you exposed to environmental smoke?

Above details would help me know more about your complaints and would guide me to possible cause of your cough. As there are many causes for dry cough ranging from simple environmental causes to some common causes like sinusitis, GERD, allergic rhintis, to in rare cases, some serious causes, etc.

At present, from your provided details, I would suggest you as follows:

1. I would suggest you taking an antihistamine and montelukast for 2 weeks regularly.

2. I would also suggest you regular warm saline gargles.

3. Please avoid cold drinks and exposure to smokes.

4. If you have symptoms of regurgitation of foods/fluids, I would add a regular antacid like ranitidine in your treatment.

Hope above suggestions will be helpful to you.

Should you have any further query, please feel free to ask at HCM.

Wish you the best of the health ahead.

Thank you & Regards,
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