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Dry cough

Dry cough: Introduction

Many respiratory infections start out as a dry cough, and then become a wet cough or productive cough as the lungs start to produce more sputum. Some types of chronic cough or severe cough may remain a dry cough, or become a persistent dry cough....more »

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Causes of Dry cough:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Dry cough. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Dry cough

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Causes of Types of Dry cough:

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Dry cough: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Dry cough, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Dry cough Treatments

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Alternative Treatments for Dry cough

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Dry cough may include:

  • Slippery elm lozenge
  • Hard candy
  • Peppermint candy melted in lemon juice and honey
  • Lemon juice and honey syrup with dash of cayenne pepper
  • Lemon juice and honey syrup
  • more treatments »

Stories from Users for Dry cough

Real-life user stories relating to Dry cough:

Message Boards for Dry cough

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Dry cough or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Dry cough:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Dry cough. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
  • Examine lymph nodes looking for enlarged cervical or Axillary lymph nodes which may indicate lung cancer
  • Examine for Horner's syndrome - e.g. dilated pupil and drooping of the upper eyelid which may indicate lung cancer.
  • Examine for possible causes of postnasal drip - e.g. sinusitis, ear infection, nasal polyps.
  • Examine lungs noting breath sounds and their intensity and also the presence of added sounds
  • Examine cardiovascular system for evidence of left ventricular failure
  • more tests...»

Dry cough: Animations

Medications or substances causing Dry cough:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Dry cough as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Dry cough: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Dry cough may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Dry cough

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Dry cough. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Dry cough: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Dry cough

Sinusitis is overdiagnosed: There is a tendency to give a diagnosis of sinusitis, when the condition is really a harmless complication of another infection, such as a common more »

Whooping cough often undiagnosed: Although most children in the Western world have been immunized against whooping cough (also called "pertussis"), this protection wears off after about 15 years. Thus, any teen or more »

Chronic lung diseases hard to diagnose: Some of the chronic lung diseases are difficult to diagnose. Even the well-knowns conditions such as asthma or lung cancer often fail to be diagnosed early. Some of the chronic lung diseases more »

Dry cough: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Dry cough

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Dry cough: Related Rare Diseases

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

Dry cough: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Organs affected by Dry cough:

The list of organs typically affected by Dry cough may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Dry cough

The list below shows some of the causes of Dry cough mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Dry cough?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Dry cough. Of the 201 causes of Dry cough that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 8 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 7 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 190 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Dry cough:

The following list of conditions have 'Dry cough' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Dry cough:

The following list of medical conditions have Dry cough or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.


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Causes of Dry cough Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Dry cough based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Dry cough?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Dry cough, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Dry cough:

    Subtypes of Dry cough:

    Non-productive cough (58 causes), Barking cough (10 causes), Croup (17 causes), Brassy cough (17 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Dry cough:

    Respiratory symptoms (5166 causes), Lung symptoms (3280 causes), Cough (1407 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Throat symptoms (3410 causes), Respiratory tract symptoms (5166 causes), Mouth symptoms (6864 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Cough symptoms (1407 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Breathing symptoms (3381 causes), Breath symptoms (3023 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes)

    Symptoms related to Dry cough:

    Cough (1407 causes), Wet cough (286 causes), Coughing blood (224 causes), Coughing spasms (14 causes), Severe cough (98 causes), Chronic cough (151 causes), Persistent cough (98 causes), Mild cough (10 causes), Night cough (10 causes), Common cold (712 causes), Upper respiratory tract infection (18 causes), Post nasal drip (41 causes), Whooping cough, Pollutant irritation, Habitual cough, Laryngitis (23 causes), Tracheitis, Asthma (320 causes), Lung cancer (29 causes)

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

    Doctor-patient articles related to symptoms and diagnosis:

    These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Dry cough

    Medical research papers related to Dry cough include:

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