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#1 peanut

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 06:12 PM

For those who cough what do you do to lessen it? My cough is severe. I can suppress it for a few hours but it always comes back. My lung doctor says it’s the disease and not an infection, which is good. She is switching my inhalers to longer lasting 24-hour inhalers. I use 2 inhalers & 2 emergency inhalers, a prescription cough suppressant and cough syrup. I just took the syrup so I might of written wacky things. Sorry. I cough after eating and drinking especially cold drinks, but I'm not drinking anything hot with the scorching weather we've been having.

I know rest is the best cure but until then... what to do?

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 08:09 PM

drink honey lemon water. that is what I do when I cough alot and dont feel so hot. But it is a warm drink. You make it like a tea. Sam
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Posted 24 June 2007 - 12:14 PM

Peanut,
The persistent cough is the worst part of this disease. :angry: Sometimes it just drives me nuts. I have lessoned the severity of it by eliminating dairy, but it's still there. My rheumatologist switched me Prevacid from Prilosec, but that's hasn't helped. He has me taking one Prevacid whereas I took 2 Prilosec, so I'm going to ask to increase the Prevacid. I have found that chewing gum or sucking on hard candy helps suppress it for a while. I hope you find something that works for you.

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 04:38 AM

Thanks Janey & Sam,
I've been on Zantac for almost a year and at first it really helped subdue my cough but it has come back in full force. I took a prescription cough syrup Saturday night and it knocked me out all of Sunday as well. Powerful stuff. So I only took a little last night.

My lung muscles are really starting to ache and pinch. I think they’re exhausted from coughing.

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 07:31 AM

Hi Peanut,

My cough used to drive me nuts. I used to take Claritin-D12 at night. It helped me a great deal. My doctor said that allergies played a big part in my cough. That coupled with the sclero was very annoying. The drainage from my sinuses would just slip into my lungs unannounced and start me off on a breathless hour of choking, day or night. I was probably on the claritin for about 3 or 4 years straight, then it seems all of a sudden, I don't need it anymore. For the past year I haven't had it that bad. It's worse, when I over eat, or at the peak of my allergy season, which actually hasn't even been that bad. Do you have bronchtiectasis? Sorry I'm sure I spelled that wrong. That was also another cough issue that seems to have subsided with me. Is your cough wet or dry? Nobody told me that when the bronchtiectasis was bad that I was supposed to invert the top half of my body, especially in the morning to get some of the gunk out of my lungs in the morning. That made it easier on the rest of my day also.

Good Luck in your searching. I wish a cough free day for you!
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Posted 25 June 2007 - 09:14 AM

Hi Peanut,

I don't have anymore advice than what you've already received. However, I did want to tell you I'm really truly sorry this cough is bothering you so much. :(
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