73monte, my son gets a chronic cough that comes and goes. It seems to be worse in the fall and spring. He's been to asthma specialists and they can't get him to react as a true asthmatic on their tests--so they haven't really been able to figure him out. He tried a steroid inhaler at one point and noticed *no difference whatsoever*. His doc also prescribed albuterol, which is an inhaled medication that relaxes muscles and muscle spasms to help
open the airways. Albuterol helps a bit when this happens.
Because he is a competitive swimmer (and breathing is *really* crucial
) we pushed for a nebulizer with albuterol. This has been the most successful approach thus far. When he was really experiencing coughing issues a few months ago, he did these nebulizer treatments 4 times a day. It seemed to keep the junk in his lungs from progressing into a bronchitis or pneumonia (which has happened on numerous occasions during his lifetime). Keep in mind, this is not a cure, but rather seems to help him expel mucous from his lungs so the situation doesn't progress. The doctor and I both believe this problem originates in the sinuses and literally trickles down to become a lung problem. Therefore, when he's doing the nebulizer treatments I often give him Benadryl or something similar (bedtime only) to help dry up the sinuses. I can't attest to whether that makes a hill of beans difference....
.......but it helps him sleep really well!!!
Personally, I think this is somehow related to the CD (as does Dr. John Hermon Taylor), but that's a whole other discussion!!!
Hope this helps a tiny bit! Good luck! I hope it stops really soon--I know what you're going through!