Consider yourself lucky, maybe there wasn't alot down there... My cilia became overactive while recovering from a tonsillectomy. I thought I would lose my mind. I still have to take tylenol with codeine occasionally for the itchy throat cough almost a month later. I'm a respiratory therapist & not everyone's body reacts the same way. The cilia don't die, but they do become less active the older we get, that could be the difference in the two "quits". As long as something comes up occasionally when you cough, your cilia is/are (not sure of the plural there:)) working fine. Good luck!