Re: constant cough
I started getting mucus around and in my airways about 8 months ago, and have been trying to clear my throat since then. I'm still trying to get it diagnosed, but we're mainly assuming that it's post-nasal drip running into my lungs, since I have allergies, got allergic rhinitis about 5 years ago, and chest x-rays and a pulmonary breathing test haven't found anything.
Right not, I'm using a pulmicort oral inhaler which seems to be helping both lesson the amount of mucus and preventing a dry asthma cough that I tend to develop after I've been clearing my throat for a while, but not making it go away completely, and I am trying a sinus rinse.
I've been doing choral singing for years, and I've noticed something that works for temporary relief. Something about the way that people use air to sing seems to help force mucus out of the lungs. When I was singing after this started, I noticed that the mucus would kind of build up pressure until it was getting hard to keep producing sound, and then just sort of pop out. So now when it's really bothering me (and I'm preferably not in public lol) I'll sing or hum to try to clear it out.
I get that not everyone knows how to or feels comfortable with singing and humming, but I find that it can be really effective in giving relief for lung congestion for a little while, so I thought that I'd share it. Singing also helps strengthen the lungs in general.
If you haven't already, you should probably see a doctor to figure out if it really is post nasal drip or something else and get medication to help more permanently.
Hope someone finds this useful!