3 Weeks Itchy Cough, Is it caused by allergies?

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   Posted 2/13/2015 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello! It’s my first time to post a concern so please bear with me.

I was wondering why I have itchy dry cough every 10 PM and 3 AM that lasted for an average of 30 minutes. I had colds and cough 3 weeks ago and I took over the counter medicines to treat them. Three days after taking the cough medicine, I expelled phlegm for two days. On the 6th day, I had an intense sneezing during the morning that I have to repeatedly blow my nose to relieve the itchiness so I continued with the cold medicine. At 10 PM that night (that’s my usual bed time) my throat itched so much that I have to cough when I lay down on my bed . It was a dry cough because I have no phlegm. I just can’t stop coughing so I have to sit up in order to breathe in between coughing. This went on for 20 to 30 minutes and happened again at 3 AM. When I got up at 5:30 am, I was sneezing again. So I just went on taking the meds.

The cold was gone on the following day but the coughing continues and it’s more than 3 weeks now! I have no difficulty in breathing, I am not congested, I have no fever, and cough during the day. I was never diagnosed with allergies but I did have reaction to some kind of fish because I got rashes and itchy skin after eating it. I took Citirizine and it worked.

Do you think this cough is caused by allergies?

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   Posted 2/14/2015 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like allergies to me. Maybe it's something in your bedroom that is triggering it. It could also be GERD. If you have silent reflux it can be coming up and getting into your windpipe.
if it's allergies a simple benadryl at bedtime will help. If it's GERD then you need to see a gastroenterologist.
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   Posted 2/15/2015 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I do believe its allergies too! Maybe it's time to visit a doctor for allergies so you can know what triggers the reaction. You can get the proper treatment too!

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   Posted 2/16/2015 3:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice guys!

@couchtater - I am thinking the same too because I only cough when I'm in my bedroom. I'm not sure if the wooden table or the carpet or both give me this kind of reaction. I'll try the Benadryl for now.

I don't know if I have GERD. Can one experience a reflux while sleeping? I experienced acid reflux in the past when I overeat. When should one consult a gastroenterologist?

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   Posted 2/16/2015 3:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi vecki! If the Benadryl won't treat the cough then I would certainly go to an allergy doctor. Thanks!

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   Posted 2/18/2015 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the same thing, it went on for over a month for me... it coincided with 2 things: getting an upper resperitory infection + stopping Symbicort all the sudden because I was broke... I was worried it was asthma/allergy related but after that long it completely went away on its own...i changed nothing, i m still off Symbicort cause i can't afford it... it was so bad at times that it was impossible for me to sleep at all...it should get better
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