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night cough

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 23, 2007
  • 06:00 AM

ive had a night cough for the second time this year. I was cured the first time but now it re-appeared and i rarely get sick this often.

my symptoms are coughing only at night although it started off as a cough and mild runny nose in the daytime as well. At night, when i breath out, i cough because my throat is so itchy. Even when i swallow my throat feels itchy and i cough. the more i cough the worst it gets. I've been able to hold back painfully and tried to deter coughing and it seems to work after like an hour or so.. Im currently taking some pills to kill off some virus and some cough syrup prescribed by my doctor, but i do not think my doctor fully understands that the cough is solely a night time deal which really scares me.

Anyone know why I only cough at night? I mean i'm pretty healthy, no asthma, work out lots, do lots of sports as well.

Thank You

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  • When you lie down gravity drains your sinus and applies pressure on your already sore and swollen throat. I googled 'nocturnal cough' and got this:"A nocturnal cough may be associated with asthma, post-nasal drip, congestive heart failure or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Half of the patients with GERD have none of the classic symptoms."You could try raising the head of your bed 4inches or so - it'll might help ease that annoying postnasal drip, and/or if it's GERD.Good luck.
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