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What causes tickly throat and persistent dry cough?

I have a tickly throat & dry cough that won t quit. I don t know if it s allergy or virus. I take meds for blood pressure & cholesterol and I wonder if echinacea is an option to help. I ve tried a strong cough suppressant and allergy pills. YOU SHOULD MENTION THE FEE BEFORE LEADING A PERSON THRU ALL THE QUESTIONS!
Thu, 11 Jun 2015
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Hi Dear,

welcome to HCM.

Understanding your concern.

Thanks for your query . The most probable reason for tickly throat and dry cough is acid reflux disease or gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) . In this disease upper sphincter of esophagus allow the acidic content of stomach to come upwards in esophagus , which causes throat irritation and dry cough.

I would suggest you to avoid spicy and heavy meal, avoid late night eating , eat at least 1- 1.5 hours before going to bed and take frequent and small meals .

Consult gastroentrologist for proper examination . Doctor may order endoscopy test , ambulatory probe tests and X-ray of digestive system.

Doctor may prescribe antacids(gelusil) to neutralize acid . H2 blocker (ranitidine ) to prevent acid production and proton pump inhibitor (omeprazole).

For now follow the above instructions , keep your head elevated while sleeping keep clove in mouth to suppress cough and do warm saline gargles.


Hope your concern has been resolved.

Get Well Soon.
Best wishes,
Dr. Harry Maheshwari
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