suggestions for stopping bouts of severe coughing

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zeroth
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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 5/3/2007 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I have asthma and have had allergies in my life, but I've mostly been able to manage both with the occasional OTC anti-histamine and very occasional albuterol. I've had several bouts of anaphylaxis and have only identified one trigger for that. I carry an epipen.

My question is about a particular type of cough that I get and I'm wondering if any of you have remedies for how to treat it, or suggestions about what it might be. Whenever I've tried to explain this to doctors, they're always at a loss, so I'm sort of left on my own.

The cough is not something that I can just ignore and it does not respond to cough drops or cough syrups. It starts as a particular type of tickle deep inside of my throat, usually to one side or the other. Once the tickle starts, I have maybe 20 seconds before it intensifies and I have to give in to the cough. Once I give into the cough, coughing spawns additional coughing and the coughing gets more intense. Sometimes it's hard to get a breath in because the coughs are sort of rolling--the end of one cough leads right into the start of the next one. I'll often cough to the point of gagging. It's typically an unproductive cough although sometimes after more intense bouts, I will produce a bit of thin, clear mucus. The typical coughing bout lasts for 2-5 minutes.

There is no real trigger for it. I nearly always get this cough at the end of a cold, when I'm in a post-nasal drip stage but I get it occasionally for no obvious reason. Last week, I had a massive asthma attack--the most severe one ever--and since then, I've had this cough a couple of dozen times a day.

I've tried these things and they do NOT help: all manner of cough drops, OTC cough syrups, albuterol, primatene, and my nebulizer.

I've tried these things and sometimes they DO help but not always: some sort of cold, cold carbonated drink--I have to take a big gulp of it and sort of force it down really hard. Another thing that sometimes helps is warm tea. Sometimes a tablespoon of honey helps. That's it. I haven't found anything else to shut this cough down or even back it down slightly & consistently.

It doesn't quite feel like a bronchospasm--I think those are lower down in my chest and I sometimes get them after I've gotten very sweaty at the gym and then get too chilled too quickly. This gagging cough feels like something right in my throat.

I am looking for some advice about things to try to alleviate the cough and info maybe about what it actually is. My brother and sister both get the same cough, by the way, and none of us have ever been able to figure out how to shut it down let alone what it actually is. Do you have any ideas? confused confused confused

Marburg
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   Posted 5/7/2007 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I have allergy related asthma, chronic sinus infection. After my most recent bout of sinus infection I began having a chronic cough similar to what you describe. I've had this in the past. Back then I took a combination of herbal supplements: (garlic, ginger, and bilberry) that for some reason helped. Really don't know why it helped. Right now, I'm taking Rhinocort nasal spray which helps as long as I take it daily (which I hate to do because my diabetes is affected by it). I'm also taking benadryl daily. I'm starting back on my herbal supplements to see if they will help again (the last time it took two weeks before I saw any improvement)

Marburg

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 5/7/2007 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Humid weather really gets me going,hard to breath,coughing.Eaerly mornings too.It takes me awhile to get any congestion up & out,after that I'm ok.
SnowyLynne


OHLOOKEE
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   Posted 5/8/2007 11:30 PM (GMT -7)   
TRY B&D COUGH SYRUP FROM A HEALTH FOOD STORE--IT WORKS WELL.OR CHOP UP AN ONION IN LARGE PIECES INTO 3/4 CUP PURE HONEY AND SIMMER 30 MIN AND LET SIT OVERNIGHT AND THEN STRAIN THE ONION PIECES OUT AND USE THE HONEY AS OFTEN AS NEEDED--1-2 TSP FOR COUGH--WORKS WELL I FOUND WITH MYSELF AND ALL GRANDCHILDREN.

OHLOOKEE
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   Posted 5/8/2007 11:32 PM (GMT -7)   
FORGOT  TO ADD THAT SOMETIMES A CHRONIC COUGH MAY BE CAUSED FROM A HIATAL HERNIA.
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