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Chronic cough recurs every few years

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  • Posted By: Timallen20
  • May 5, 2008
  • 05:35 PM

This is far from life-threatening, but drives me nuts for years now.

Every 2-4 years I get this cough. It is a tickle in the back of my throat, affects me day and night alike.

Here is dump of info:

--Comes back every few years, usually following a mild to moderate head cold.
--When it arrives, it stays for 3+ months! Then it goes away.
--Nothing over the counter has ever worked to stop it: antihistimines, decongestants, acid reflux pills. Cough drops cause temp relief (a few minutes).
--Dry, non-productive cough, though my sinuses do have a mild clogginess, I do not have a runny nose but it sort of feeling "wet" up there just a little. No sneezing.
--No pain in my face or pressure around sinuses.
--Breathing is sometimes hesitant but only because of the itch.
--I was asthmatic as a small child, but not in years.
--I did smoke from about age 18-23 and never again.
--it seems to be especially bad in mid-afternoons and when I am trying to talk to people.
--I tried antibiotics one year (the kind specifically that were supposed to work against whooping cough). No effect.
--I am a runner, when I am breathing heavy I do not cough.
--It really seems like a postnasal drip type of cough, but from what and how can I suppress it?
--I am 43, this has been going on since my 20's. I am average height weight and eat a varied mostly healthy diet
--I drink alcohol a few times a week.
--Doctors sometimes say "chronic bronchitis" which seems non-specific.

I am frustrated, going on a big vacation in 2 weeks and will do anything to suppress this! :confused:

Thank you for any thoughts!


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