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Cough that does not end

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 26, 2006
  • 10:16 AM

:confused: Can somebody help me I mam having a cough that is dry and doesnot go away since the stating of this year

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  • allergy.check your environment for dusts and animal hair. post nasal drip can cause this too. bacteria in your sinuses produces gunk .it dribbles down the back of your throat and irritates your lungs.the fact that obvious phlegm with bacterial staining is absent leads many doctors to think that antibiotics will not help.this is wrong.the sinuses must be cleaned out .several courses of high dose antibiotics may be needed to do this job. hot baths willhelp as will pseudoephidrene and cetirizene,both non prescription in u.k. if it is post nasal drip,dont expect quick results.your lungs have been sensitised and will probably take months to recover.allergy can provoke sinusitis .so can colds and flu, you must avoid all three in future.it may help to avoid repeat attacks if you take pseudoephidrene and cetirizene as a matter of routine in future. it is a difficult thing to treat because of the time lag between start of treatment and resolution,even where repeat infections do not complicate the picture. persevere.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 3, 2006
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  • Please get checked. In the beginning of 2005 I started with a dry hacking cough. I was in the process of planning a wedding, quitting a job and moving to Europe with my soon to be husband. I put off the Dr's appointments until my fiance came home in April (he left in January) and he told me I was coughing all night!So I finally went in, and was given a chest x-ray and sent immedietly to a Pulminologist. For one month I was between having Lymphoma and Sarcoidosis. My chest x-ray was awful. I had to have 2 bronchoscopies and then a mediastinoscopy (lovely scar on my throat from that) to determine I have sarcoidosis. I was put on Prednisone in HIGH doses and was on it for 6 months. As I was weaned they said I was looking good. Well I had chest x-rays in February '06 and the Dr who read - or didn't read - my x-ray said I looked good!My cough was still there, I had to go back in in September because I was sleeping maybe 2-3 hours a night and was in horrible shape and so miserable and unhappy. I was again sent right to the Pulminologist. The Sarcoid is back - and never really went away. And now because of the mis-read x-ray it has spread from the Lymph Nodes in my chest only to the ones in my neck, chest, abdomen and groin! I will most likely have this for the rest of my life now. Had they caught it back in February - I could have been back on meds and back on the road to mend but now it has gone so far.Please - see a Dr...if he says it's nothing...demand to see someone else.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
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  • Sorry for your newfound illness and symptoms. I was diagnosed with Plumonary Sarcoidosis in 1993 and have been dealing with cough, shortness of breath, etc. I just wanted to share something with you so you can understand Sarcoid better. As a disease, the cause of Sarcoid is unknown. It starts when and where it wants and progresses or disappears when it wants. In many cases, it can totally go away in 1 or 2 years. In other cases, It can go away in up to five years. After that, the chance of it going away are just about zero. You were upset that the diagnosis was not correct or timely. This makes no difference as there is no cure for Sarcoid. The things given for it such as Prednisone only aliviate the symptons. As soon as you stop taking it, the symptoms will re-occur. So whether it was found sooner or later, it would have run the same course. I don't mean to further upset you but Sarcoid is a real curse and doctors can only help you with the symptoms. Good luck and keep hoping for remmision.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 5, 2007
    • 07:43 PM
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  • I have been coughing for 7 weeks, especially at night, usually a dry cough, sometimes a thin liquid, it is driving me crazy, please help.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 18, 2007
    • 04:43 AM
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  • cough at night is just possibly heart failure.(not as bad as it sounds-necessarily)get it checked. but by far the most common cause of chronic cough is post nasal drip.see my comments above,dated12.03.2006.how old is your mattress?and presumably you are not a smoker,otherwise you would not be asking a question with such an obvious answer.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 18, 2007
    • 09:50 AM
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  • My mother-in-law had a cough for over a year at first it was just intermitant and a nuisance then it got worse and worse and she was so bad she wasn't getting any sleep she saw her dr who started out with a virus (what else) and then finally she saw a heart specialist who sent her to a pulmanary specialist and he says she has asthma, she takes some pills, does breathing treatments and has an inhaler. I don't know what is working but something is, no cough. They are going to try to wiene her off some of the meds, I hope they try to find out just what's working so they can narrow down the amount of drugs she's taking, but that's what worked for her. I'm amazed at how many people have this problem.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 08:08 PM
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  • Please any one with a cough make your doctor give you a chest xray and check for cancer. a dry mostly unproductive cough is one of the few symptoms of lung cancer. Having been recently diagnosed with lung cancer, it is my first though now when I hear "cough"! It is the most common kind of cancer (yes it exceeds breast and prostrate cancer) and is one of the most under diagnosed cancers. Please demand the chest xray! PS DON"T WAIT!! HURRY! TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 08:04 PM
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  • My mother-in-law had a cough for over a year at first it was just intermitant and a nuisance then it got worse and worse and she was so bad she wasn't getting any sleep she saw her dr who started out with a virus (what else) and then finally she saw a heart specialist who sent her to a pulmanary specialist and he says she has asthma, she takes some pills, does breathing treatments and has an inhaler. I don't know what is working but something is, no cough. They are going to try to wiene her off some of the meds, I hope they try to find out just what's working so they can narrow down the amount of drugs she's taking, but that's what worked for her. I'm amazed at how many people have this problem.I too am suffering from a never ending cough that is much worse whenever I try to sleep, not just at night. About 8 months ago I went to the doctor about this after having suffered for two months. I was diagnosed with bronchitis and given a batterry of drugs that seemed to make things worse. The only differnce was that the medication made me even sleepier and more miserable with not being able to sleep. I began trying to treat myself with various vitamins, herbs, and juices. It got better but never completely went away. Now here I am in the same situation again. It's been 3 weeks and 2 days. The doctor has prescrbed Mucinex DM, an antibiotic and Albuterol inhaler since I 'm also having a hard time breathing on exertion or when lying down. What could possibly be wrong with me?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2007
    • 03:56 AM
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  • I have had a cough like that for three months now, I can barely get through school becuase I get coughing fits untill I cant breath. There has been seriose inversion where I live, I have terrible allergies, and I'm asthmatic. I don't know if its from all of these things, or something else. Does ANYONE know of a OTC medicen that might help that won't require me going to the doctors? (Im VERY short of cash)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 06:00 AM
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  • I too am suffering from a never ending cough that is much worse whenever I try to sleep, not just at night. About 8 months ago I went to the doctor about this after having suffered for two months. I was diagnosed with bronchitis and given a batterry of drugs that seemed to make things worse. The only differnce was that the medication made me even sleepier and more miserable with not being able to sleep. I began trying to treat myself with various vitamins, herbs, and juices. It got better but never completely went away. Now here I am in the same situation again. It's been 3 weeks and 2 days. The doctor has prescrbed Mucinex DM, an antibiotic and Albuterol inhaler since I 'm also having a hard time breathing on exertion or when lying down. What could possibly be wrong with me?My husband is going to a heart doctor tomorrow for his dry cough. He is short of breath and even breaths harder after brushing his teeth. His primary care Doctor thinks it is a heart problem. Maybe you should see a heart Doctor. As the saying goes "cant hurt"
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 07:09 AM
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  • There is always the possibility of Tuberculosis with a persistant cough.
    chrismia 159 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
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  • :confused: Can somebody help me I mam having a cough that is dry and doesnot go away since the stating of this yearMy son came back from the Gulf War with a continuous cough. Someone told me to try Ecinacea. It worked.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 01:40 AM
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  • sarcoid does not go away meds or not, visit sarcoid buddys / sarcinfo
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 01:15 AM
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  • Hi Same Thing With Me I Had A Cough,shortness Of Breath In 2005 I Had A Bad Case Of Erythema Nodosum Which Led To Chest X-rays And Was Told I Had Sarcoidosis In The Lymph Nodes,i Now Have Erythema Again And Am Waiting To See The Specialist As The Cough ,joint Pain,and Breathlessness Are Back With Avengence.Sarcoid Is A Pain But Nothing We Can Do As It Is Still A Mystery To The Medical World.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 09:28 PM
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  • hi, i went through ten months of doctors, drugs and tests because my daughter had a chronic debilitating dry cough. it never stopped, every thirty second! everything under the sun was ruled out when we finally discovered she had gastroesophogeal relux disease. the stomach acid was backing up into the bottom of her throat and triggered a chronic cough. now that she takes prevacid the cough is not completely gone but it is much more manageable. ironically enough she didn't have hearburn or any of the typical symptoms you usually see with this disorder. that is why it took so long to diagnose, they had ruled out everything else. you might want to check out this possiblility, it can't make anything worse! good luck
    cherylanne 13 Replies Flag this Response
  • yes,chronic cough usually comes down to one of three things.1. environmental irritants and allergens. 2. p.n.d. caused by untreated chronic sinusitis ,in turn caused by 1. or ,(and perhaps "and"----3.---g.e.r.d.)situation is complicated because as sufferers know ,gastric reflux can often be provoked by paroxysmal coughing.so all factors can work together in a number of ways.grim,and a problem,often for sherlock holmes.-----(a simple cure for g.e.r.d.?----try a looser waistband !think about it !doesnt work in all cases of course,but it is worth a try!)my recent discovery------aspirin!yes it really does dramatically reduce the tickle !!!!!i think it must reduce theinflammation in the lung as well,it is an anti inflammatory,after all.and of course the cough itself prolongs and exacerbates the inflammation,so it works in two ways to help you.it has been great for me.
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  • asprin is one i have never heard of. the only problem is my daughter is a teenager and i thought that teens couldn't take asprin due to the risk of reyes syndrome. she will be having an endoscopy this friday at the insistance of the insurance co. because the are refusing to refill her prevacid without a definite diagnosis. i didn't think they could do that if a doctor said it was medically necessary. you think they would be happy that we found something that works and aren't filling a new med every two weeks, finding out it doesn't work and having to fill another!
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  • you could do worse than cetirizene plus sudafed ,in case it is p.n.d.----it usually is p.n.d.----or zyrtek in case it is g.e.r.d.-----it quite often is g.e.r.d.,but not in your case in my opinion.,thres too much allergy in the picture.-----if you can afford it,you would probably benefit fromseveral courses of antibiotics taken in sequence,to clear out the bacteria from your sinuses.one course simply willnot touch it,because of the poor blood supply to the sinuses.dont expect animmediate result.it will take three months to clear --a bit less if you are lucky--from the time you rid yourself of bacteria and allergens.presumably you have done all the elementary things--cleaned your house especially your bed area,and eliminated house plants,pet hair and dander,old dust ,sources of mould spores,and so forth?
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  • I went to 23 doctors for cough that never ended. I was told sarcoid, asthma, bronchitis, and anything and everything else. Finally was told I had acid reflex and miracle of miracles! I take prevacid and am totally fine!
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  • did i say zyrtek?sorry,i meant zantak. re last post...yes it is often something simple!
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