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Old 05-23-2004, 10:02 AM   #1
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Coughing for over a Month

My mother is 60 and in great shape. However, she has had a cough for over a month (it started right before easter). It is not a productive cough, just an annoying one that is triggered more when she eats or drinks. She says it feels like a tickle in her throat. She went to the doctor 2 weeks ago and he gave her allergy medicine and told her to come back in a week if it didn't help. It didn't, so he gave her something else to try this week.
Does anyone recognize this as symptomatic of something else? We are wondering if they should do a lung test or something????
She has never smoked, rarely drinks and has never had a major illness. She is not overweight and eats healthy.

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Old 06-01-2004, 06:23 PM   #2
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Hello, Just a suggestion, and may be far-reached, but I had this too after I ate or drank, for up to two years. Finally an ENT told me I had acid reflux which would make my esophagus irritated and make me cough. I never had heartburn, ever, so never thought of acid reflux, however; when I started the Prevacid, I noticed a huge difference.
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Old 06-16-2004, 03:57 PM   #3
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Re: Coughing for over a Month

Hi there. I agree with jsmom about the acid reflux.

I had a hacking cough for months before I asked my dr about it. It was allergy season, and I just thought it was my allergies acting up.
But -when it moved to cooler weather, and I was still coughing (no fever, phlem, nothing) - I asked him what he thought it could be.

He started me on an acid reducer, and within 3 weeks, my cough was gone - totally gone. He said that some people could have 'silent' acid reflux disease - with no heartburn - just an irritating cough.

I hope you find out what is causing the cough - I know it can get annoying.

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