coughing helped by benadryl?

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   Posted 8/2/2009 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I still have a productive cough for some reason and it might be due to heartburn. I take benadryl while it doesn't take the sharp pain away when swallowing, it does stop the cough -- especially the mucous. Has anyone experienced this?

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   Posted 8/2/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome blowe 46!
Benedryl will act on the cough because it helps to dry the mucous; the mucous can be caused by sinus drainage, throat irritation, some sort of virus, etc., so that does make sense. I can't explain the sharp pain though and, in my mind, pain is God's way of saying somethings wrong here!. I think you should get that checked out.

Do you have an ENT or a good family Dr? That would seem like a good place to start? Do you have a history of reflux?, if so, you may want to see your Gastroenterologist. Make sure you let whichever doctor you see know that you're having heartburn symptoms as well.

Good luck!

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   Posted 8/2/2009 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a gunky cough, too. My doctor calls it silent GERD. My stomach acid is up to my epigoltis and leaks out into my windpipe. This causes a build up of mucous and I cough.
Please see a specialist soon.


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   Posted 8/2/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your kind words. I read some journal articles on LPR and I am increasing my PPI intake. I will make an appointment to see a specialist sometime. I Hope it's not too far off. I also made an appointment to see my GI. Let's hope either an ENT or a GI knows what's going on.
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