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Old 01-22-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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My husband's cough

Hi. My husband has had a cough for close to 3 months now. I told him to see a doc and ask about reflux. The doc told him that if it were reflux, he would have heartburn as well so ruled it out. Is this true?

He gave my husband an antibiotic and an inhaler for the cough but neither one did a thing.

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Re: My husband's cough

It is possible to have a reflux related cough WITHOUT heartburn.

The cough may be reflux-related if it tends to show up either at night or right after eating. Cough immediately after dinner is a key sign.

Does he have any other symptoms? If he's been to the dentist lately, are his molars looking eroded?

 
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Re: My husband's cough

I agree with Jane.

Personally, I had a chronic cough for years. I had extremely severe acid reflux without any heartburn at all. If your husband's cough doesn't go away you might consider having him see an ENT or a Gastroenterologist. Frequently, the scopes ENT's do will show throat irritation with acid reflux. In my opinion, the best test for acid in the throat is an upper pH test.

In general, the most common causes of chronic dry coughs are: asthma, allergies, post nasal drip, and acid reflux.
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Re: My husband's cough

Thanks. He has had no other symptoms. A cold started it all and then the cough never went away. No chest or head congestion. He saw an internal specialist but I think I am going to encourage him to see an ENT next.

He had horrible allergies and asthma as a kid where he got shots every week. He grew out of both. Has always been healthy as a horse.

He seems to have the cough night and day, no rhyme or reason. Although, he doesn't have it while laying down and he doesn't cough through the night. I am going to check and see if it seems worse after eating. Thanks.
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Re: My husband's cough

Hi,

I was thinking... does your husband have a general dry cough or something more? Is it a loud cough? Does he have trouble catching his breath? If it is the last two, you might have him tested for Pertussis (Whooping Cough). I had it a few years ago and it took between 3 and 4 months to heal from it. It is rare, but incidents have increased so it might be worth considering.
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Re: My husband's cough

It is a dry and loud cough. Piercing to my ears! But he has no other symptoms of whooping cough, thank goodness.
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