Treating a Dry Cough

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The method of treating a dry cough is largely dependent on the cause of the dry cough, which can be from asthma or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Treat dry cough with bronchodilators or heartburn medication with help from an immunologist in this free video on treating a dry cough.

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Hi, my name is Dr. Ana Lamas, and I'm in the practice of allergy and clinical immunology with two offices here in Miami, Florida. The way to treat a dry cough depends completely on the cause of that dry cough. If the patient has asthma and has the typical dry cough of an asthmatic, then obviously you would want to treat it with a bronchodilator like Albuterol that'll open up the airway smooth muscle. A dry cough can also often be due to a condition called gastroesophageal reflux, which sometimes isn't obvious why something in the stomach could cause a cough. But as the contents of the stomach go up and through the esophagus and irritate that esophagus, even when you don't perceive heartburn, you're going to have a sensation of something bothering in that area and cough is a typical sign of gastroesophageal reflux. It is a dry, non-stopping cough, and that cough will be treated completely differently, either with a medication for acid to stop the production or to stop the effect of the acid in the stomach.


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