Can't Stop Coughing, please help
I recently had bronchitis and the flu.
I am still having this terrible cough that tends to be dry in the morning and through the rest of the day and night it brings up phlegm.
At night, the inside of my throat and ears get really itchy and my cough becomes much worse to the point that I am literally choking and gasping for air.
If I try to sleep or lay down, I am waken by extreme pressure or tightness across the upper half of my chest. I can't breathe too well. I start wheezing and coughing thus starting the cycle all over. I tried sleeping during the day, but I get the same affect as night. However, the itchiness in the throat and ears dissappear.
I'm not sure if this would be considered an allergy or the beginning form of asthma.
I tried benedryl last night and I seemed to cough a lot more than the previous few nights. I have bags under my eyes from lack of sleep. I am completely exhausted and don't know what to do.
My doctors office has been swamped lately so I haven't had the chance to have him call in anything. He wishes to try a prescription drug for allergies, but it has yet to be called in.
Earlier in the year I tried Claritin for mucus build up in my throat which was thought to be caused by allergies and nasal discharge. It did nothing.
I have post nasal drip but it doesn't seem to happen until AFTER I have been coughing a while.
Asthma runs in my family. My mother has it really bad. I also have abuterol inhaler for my bronchitis. It hasn't been working for the past 5 days. The tightness in my chest still remains even after taking it. I've also tried cough formulas and expectorants to which I find no avail.
If anyone has any advice, please let me know.