Patient Comments: Chronic Cough - Remedies

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What remedies have been effective for your chronic cough? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Gerri, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I’ve had cough for close to a year. I tried inhalers and stuff for ages, and had changes in medication. The pulmonary doctor did chest X-ray, chest CAT scan, swallow study, and gave steroids and a few other medications.

Comment from: sarah, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

My child’s symptoms of dehydration are high fever of 103 to 105 since Wednesday, sore throat with blisters, urinating very little, diarrhea since yesterday, shivering a lot, not eating, delirious at times, heart racing, dry mouth and thirsty nonstop!

Comment from: Wheatfreemama, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I developed an unexplained chronic cough followed by asthma which went on for about 3 years. After visiting doctors and many tests and a series of medications which were making me sicker I visited an acupuncturist who suggested getting off all wheat and white sugar, and like magic after just 2 days of this the constant cough was gone. After 10 days I saw significant changes in my appearance, breathing and sleep. I tested myself by eating 1 cracker and that night hacked for over an hour. I now listen to my body and read all labels. If I start coughing again I make note of what I ate and eliminate anything that seems to set me off. We need to eliminate all GMO fake, processed, garbage foods riddled with chemicals, preservatives and pesticides which are killing us.

Comment from: Gma, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I know this may sound strange. I have had a chronic cough for about 17 years. I went to different doctors and specialist for two years straight, nothing. About 3 years ago I hurt my knee. My doctor prescribed ibuprofen, which did not help. I called and told him that I was still in a lot of pain. He prescribed tramadol 50 mg. I took it for my knee, which helped. But I noticed I was waking up without coughing. I kept taking the tramadol and noticed my coughing was cut in half. I could actually read a story to my students without coughing. I explained this strange occurrence to my doctor. He took notes and I have been taking tramadol ever since. A lady across the street from me also had a chronic cough. Her doctor prescribes Vicodin. That is too harsh a narcotic in my opinion. I can now go to church, weddings, and teach without coughing every time I open my mouth to talk. I still cough, but nowhere near as much as I used to. One or 2 pills 3 times a day keeps my cough under control. This is the only thing that has worked for me. When I retire in 2 years I plan on going back to a specialist to see if they can figure this thing out. Hope this helps. You may want to talk to your doctor about it.

Comment from: gailrooney, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I broke my humerus just below my shoulder playing racket ball with my husband. I hit the wall trying to volley back to him. We are in our middle 70s, so I guess my bones are very brittle, although I don't have osteoporosis.

Comment from: brother123, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 13

For all those suffering from a cough that you can't shake, get your immune system checked. Get to an immunologist!

Comment from: Steph, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I have had my chronic cough for 6 years. I had all testing possible, changed blood pressure pills too. Nothing stopped the constant cough. People were worried. Then I went off all carbs. No bread, crackers, rice, pasta, potatoes, etc., just to try and get my weight down. Suddenly I noticed I had not coughed for over two weeks! Today I had a bun at lunch and exactly two hours later I was coughing again for an hour! To check it out I had another bun much later in the day and 2 hours later cough started again for one hour! I think I found the answer, it could be the wheat! Maybe you could try that. I miss the bread so that is why I had a bun today.

Comment from: JSAL, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

I have had a persistent cough for 4 years. My doctor said I had acid reflux and allergies. I was prescribed omeprazole and allergy medication. I read up on acid reflux and followed that diet which helped out a little. But life was still terrible. I wanted to rule out lung cancer and throat cancer so I had to be persistent with doctor to rule those out. He only had my throat scoped and found nothing. I switched doctors. My new doctor ordered 2 tests to start; x-ray to check lungs and a (Helicobacter pylori) test. This checks for pylori infection in your stomach. It came back positive! I was given medication (a 10 day treatment plan) which I will start tomorrow. I have read up on this bacterial infection and it can cause a chronic cough. I will let you know in 11 days if this fixed my cough of 4 years. Hope this helps somebody.

Comment from: Emily, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I suffered from chronic cough for over 5 years. I would start coughing around November and not stop until May. It felt like I always had something dripping down the back of my throat, making me cough. I tried allergy tests, medicines, inhalers, and nothing really helped. People recognized me walking down the hall by my cough and my co-workers and family were always annoyed. I started using a nasal rinse every morning (Neilmed sinus rinse, I found it on Amazon, but pharmacies have it too), and it seemed to help! I did not have the chronic cough last winter for the first time in 7 years! It changed my life and I wanted to share this information. I am hoping it holds true this winter as well. It's a cheap solution and worth a try. You need to be consistent for it to really work.

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Comment from: 75 or over Female Published: May 17

I have had Pneumonia twice, chest x ray is normal now, however I have developed a chronic cough that starts with a tickling of the throat with a drainage that is different than before several times a day. I have to drink water and put a cough drop in my mouth to stop this. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to stop. I have an inhaler but it does not stop the cough. This is very irritating because I have to keep a cough drop in my mouth even to go shopping and sometimes even then I will start to cough. I have tried all kinds of allergy medicines but they do not work. I don't go out to eat any more because of this.

Comment from: dlc110, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I had a cough for 15 years that was unresponsive to any allergy asthma or reflux treatment. My cough was uncontrollable and violent triggered by singing, talking, standing up, eating and siting. I would have a choking coughing spell at least once every time I was in church. Anytime and every time I would eat something scratchy such as chips, peanuts etc. without fail the first bite taken would cause me to start coughing for at least 30 seconds . Every time I would talk on the phone my family new that eventually that I would start coughing so hard that they would just have to call me back. They were used to it. People would suggest different things to take they said might help and I would just say you don’t understand I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. When I read about sensory neuropathic cough (nerve damage to throat) I cried for 20 minutes because finally after 15 years there was a diagnosis for what I had, and 10 mg amitryptiline was the cure. My life has changed dramatically my cough is 90 percent better I call it my miracle pill. Two months on the medicine reversed the nerve damage in my throat after all these years. Thank you doctors for your research thank you very much.

Comment from: Eunice, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I have had a chronic cough for about 15 years. I regularly suffer, at least once a year with bronchitis. The only cure for me is 10 days of penicillin. But the chronic cough may not be part of the bronchitis, but the coughing is worse at this time. I have GERD (gastro intestinal reflux disease) so the doctor's tend to think this AND stress have caused this cough. I've had dozens of tests and I feel that doctors are guessing with GERD. I once smoked but the cough was not part of those years but arrived much later when I was under extreme stress at work. In those days, I would go through about 2 bottles of Gaviscon a week at work, the heartburn was so bad. I later started got a prescription for Nexium and have been taking that for about 10 years. The heartburn is under control with that but the coughing (about 10 times daily) continues.

Comment from: Kneo, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 30

My 17 year old son was diagnosed with Glandular fever and two days later with measles, he was sick for two weeks and missed school he has been coughing from day. That is he has been coughing for four weeks. But now he is feverish again and can’t eat because he says there is a pain in his chest when he swallows. Please help I do not know what to do anymore. He is a smart A student.

Comment from: 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: August 03

I found an article about sensory neuropathic cough, awesome research about people that are still coughing after so many years with no cure. Also visit you tube and type on search field the title of sensory neuropathic cough, two short videos were Dr. Robert W Bastian explains his findings. I am glad Dr. Bastian took his time to research this awful cough. I was able to help my mother; she has been coughing for ten years. Very awful.

Comment from: Sasikala, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 31

My mom who is 49 years old having chronic cough for the last 3 to 4 years. Took blood test, pulmonary function test, chest x-ray, TB test. All came back normal. Whenever she goes to doctor they say all is normal, gives an antibiotic and cough syrup, but cough does not go away. She is chronically having cough. Now my father also recently got cough. He is also suffering from chronic cough for the last one month. My brother also gets affected with cough frequently.

Comment from: bharti s., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I had cough and cold for 3 days and consulted doctor. Medication given by the doctor is Ocid capsule (2) Allegra tablet (3) cefixime capsule and Codistar syrup followed by Allegra tablet. Now continuous chronic cough persists in the night.

Comment from: Nancy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

Nexium can cause osteoporosis by depleting calcium. I can't take it for my acid reflux which is giving me a chronic cough. I was advised to take Zantac, but new evidence shows that it can cause dementia. Mucinex works, but should only be taken for 9 days.

Comment from: dry cough relief, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 19

Ginger remedy relief for dry cough: Miracle. My dry cough became so severe I couldn't stand myself. I sliced a dozen very thin slices off a ginger root, placed them in a small 6 oz glass bowl and added orange juice. The orange juice softens the ginger slices and taste. I chewed one ginger piece at a time and sipped on the juice. After 8 slices and drinking the juice my coughing stopped. I keep a small bowl of ginger slices mixed with orange juice in the fridge and chew on a piece if I start to cough.

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Which illness is known as a viral upper respiratory tract infection? See Answer