Is my coughing due to asthma? allergies?...

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   Posted 1/20/2015 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
Summary of meds I take: 1 singulair daily, 1 allergra 24hour dose daily, use to take Symbicort daily twice, stopped about 10 days ago because I lost coverage with my insurance and I ran out. So basically, I feel l like my throught dries out, itches and that makes me cough. What could this be? it basically keeps me up at night and I hate it...
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   Posted 1/20/2015 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
tickling cough that keeps you up at night sounds like asthma. Have you tried using your rescue inhaler at bedtime to see if this resolves? That would be some good data.

You can try putting a humidifier in your room.

You can also try using a saline sinus lavage at night to clear out any post nasal drip. Also, maybe take your antihistamine at night to get the most effective relief at bedtime.
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   Posted 1/20/2015 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry your throat coughing is a problem. I am not a doctor, but here are some things that help sooth my throat.

Some things that help sooth cough:

*heat pad on chest
*Hot water with honey in it (if you are not allergic that is).
*Hot water with thyme. (if you are not sensitive to this herb, it is reputed to be a natural bronchilator).
*Suck chipped ice to sooth throat soreness.

You might see too if you have GERD.. I have worked to eliminate GERD inducing factors like chocolate in my diet and I think this has helped me. I know Coughing is a symptom of both asthma and allergies but could also be cold too.

Good luck! I think it might be good to keep track of situations and times when coughing is more severe to see if there is a food or allergen, or situation that might be triggering the cough more than at other times.

Post Edited (Fuyuko) : 1/20/2015 1:25:02 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/21/2015 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Fuyoko and Kazbern, I will try out your suggestions for sure, except the humidifier (I dont have one for now), I should be able to try all and see which one works... :)

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   Posted 1/30/2015 1:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you should try using a humidifier or an air purifier after speaking to your allergy specialist.

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   Posted 2/8/2015 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
coughing at night...might be that your lungs / broncho system can not relax enough to allow you to rest. speak to a good doc there are prescriptions are helpful to people with asthma. hot water and honey is always a good choice too, this will help to coat your throat. you might invest in a nice herbal tea with that honey and enjoy yourself a bit.

best wishes to all

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   Posted 2/10/2015 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone for the tips and advice...actually my cough is completely gone and i didn't do anything in particular...i think it was more of an upper respiratory infection because it started the same exact day my husband got sick...i m glad it s not asthma related, what a relief!
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