August 18, 2023

Why Does My Chest Itch When I Cough?

A tickle in the throat and chest is a common symptom of many illnesses and conditions, including allergies, colds, and even cancer. If you experience this sensation accompanied by a dry cough, it may indicate that you have an infection or health condition that requires treatment. In most cases, a dry cough will go away when the underlying illness clears up. If you have a chronic cough that lasts longer than four weeks, talk to your doctor about the best ways to manage it.

A cough is a natural defense mechanism that helps clear irritants from the airways and lungs, and it also helps prevent fluid buildup in the lungs. If you cough up mucus or phlegm, healthcare providers consider it a productive cough, and they may call it wet coughing. A wet cough often produces a yellow or greenish color in the mucus.

Dry coughs can occur as a result of certain respiratory illnesses, such as bronchitis and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining in the airways that lead in and out of the lungs. It’s usually caused by a viral infection, such as the ones that cause colds and the flu, and it can lead to a lingering cough. Acute bronchitis typically starts in the nose, sinuses, and throat, then moves to the lungs. Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, is long-lasting.

If you have an itchy chest while coughing, your doctor will likely recommend that you use a mild over-the-counter antihistamine or bronchodilator to ease the symptoms. Your doctor will be able to provide you with important information about over-the-counter products, such as dosage, how to properly use them, and any side effects that should be avoided.

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