Patients with persistent dry cough should seek a doctor for evaluation, according to MedicineNet. Persistent or chronic dry cough is often a sign of a viral infection, a sinus problem or stress. Multiple underlying malad... More »

Persistent coughing is the most common symptom of whooping cough in an adult, according to Mayo Clinic. Other possible symptoms include those similar to the common cold such as a runny nose, irritated and watery eyes, fe... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

For an adult who has a dry and itchy cough, taking over-the-counter expectorants or suppressants, staying hydrated, consuming cough drops and using a humidifier can help relieve symptoms, according to WebMD. Avoiding exp... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cold & Flu

An airway infection (usually after a cold), whooping cough, asthma, empyema and congestive heart failure, can cause a dry cough, claims Healthgrades. Lung cancer, collapsed lung and certain medications, such as angiotens... More » Health Pain & Symptoms

Treatment for hoarseness includes resting the voice, taking cough suppressants and stopping smoking, as stated by MedicineNet. A humidifier is helpful, and in extreme cases when an underlying infection is present, a doct... More » Health Pain & Symptoms

Chronic cough treatment options depend on the cause; the cough may be treated with antibiotics, inhaled steroids or various types of over-the-counter cough medicines, according to MedicineNet. For a severe chronic cough ... More » Health Pain & Symptoms

Contact a doctor immediately if someone shows signs of aspiration, such as rapid or very slow breathing, severe coughing after eating or drinking, a hoarse voice, fever, and a chronic cough that produces phlegm with bits... More »