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Why won't this persistent cough go away?

4 answers | Last updated: Jul 30, 2014
Cougher asked...
I've had persistent coughing for the last six months, hoarseness and a low grade fever. My chest and back area hurt due to the persistent cough. It is a hacking cough. I've been on several different types of antibotics, cough medication with codeine, a Z - pak, steroid shot and OTC (over the counter) medication to no avail. I cannot speak for long periods without having a coughing spell that lasts for about ten minutes. I am beginning to lose energy and cannot sleep through the night due to the persistent coughing.
 

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Caring.com User - Jennifer Serafin, N.P.
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Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.
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I hope that you are being seen by a health care professional for this cough! If not, then go see one right away. If you have seen someone already and See also:
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they haven't helped you, I would add that they need to send you to a pulmonologist (lung doctor) to see if anymore testing can be done to determine why you are coughing.

Many of the things that cause a chronic cough are:

  • Allergies/ Asthma
  • Acid reflux
  • Lung disease (chronic bronchitis- usually from smoking)
  • Medications (any of the ACE inhibitors)
  • TB
  • Lung cancer

If you are smoking- stop! This will make coughing worse. Pay attention to when the cough happens (all day, at night, in the morning). Cut down on milk products, as this will reduce phlegm.

If you cannot see a pulmonologist because your insurance won't let you or you have no money, then insist that your health care professional really look into this problem.

Good Luck!

 

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A fellow caregiver answered...

Because everytime I take my daughter to the doctor we see a different person. They always have some lame idea of what it is. The persistant cough never goes away.

 

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Nay1957 answered...

If you or anyone has a PERSISTENT cough demand a chest x-ray. An x-ray could have saved my sisters life. For months she had a cough and was on several types of antibiotics. When she went to one doctor he ordered a chest x-ray and they found she had non small cell lung cancer. I'm not saying everyone who has a cough has lung cancer, I'm saying your body is throwing out warning signs. Listen to what it's telling you. X RAY...X RAY...XRAY...X RAY!

 

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I agree with Nay1957. X-Ray! I had a cough we thought was due to a cold. I went to my doctor and was treated for Bronchitis, still got worse with fever, next diagnose was pneumonia, X-Rayed sent to a lung doctor still no diagnose. I was sent to CDC and found out I had contracted TB. Took two months to diagnose me. Be persistent on help.

 

 
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