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Persistent dry cough

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 16, 2007
  • 11:54 PM

For over a year now I have had a persistent dry cough. It is seemingly unaccompanied by any other symptoms. I had pertussis a little before the cough began and was treated for that. Since then I have undergone many treatments, none of which have helped at all. I really don't know how else to explain but I'll try to elaborate in anyway you might need.

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  • You had pertussis (whooping cough) "a little"? Either you got it or you don't. Whooping cough is showing up a lot in adults. We get vaccinated here at the hospital for tetanus/pertussis every 10 years. And yes, I know all about the controversy with vaccines. I would just rather not have polio, diptheria, tetanus, smallpox, hepatitis, flu etc. Anyway, have you had a chest xray?A persistent cough can be debilitating, socially distressing, and adversely impair quality of life. One of the more common presentations to a medical practitioner is a dry cough. The common causes of chronic dry coughing include post-nasal drip, gastroesophageal reflux disease, asthma, post viral cough and certain drugs such as beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and aspirin. If a cough lasts for more than three weeks, multiple causes are likely and symptoms will abate only when all the causes are treated will the patient be symptom free. Coughing may also be used for psychological or social reasons, such as the coughing before giving a speech. This is known as psychogenic, habit or tic coughing, and may increase in frequency in social situations featuring conflict.
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    • October 18, 2007
    • 10:44 AM
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