Posted by: Brad | 2019/05/30


Cape Town - cough refuses to go

Hi Dr Van Deventer, I came down with a really bad dose of flu in August 2018 and the cough and tingling in my chest/lungs has never gone, i constantly have that tickling feeling in my chest, some days it's worse than others. I have gone to see 2 doctors and a pulmonologist they all said it was acid reflux, and I have taken predisone, Nexomep, Pantoprazole, to reduce my stomach acid but it really does not help ( it has helped with my indigestion that I regularly had) I have also been for blood tests ( nothing wrong) and I have had a lung xray (nothing bad) . my Doctor now says I need to go and have a camera put down my throat to see whats going on, which I am fine with as I am so tired of this constant cough. There are just a few things that keep bothering me 1. I know a few people that also got sick same time last year that have also got this cough, one of them is my girlfriend daughter who I think I caught the fl from last year, she too has never really got rid of this cough and now is constantly getting a cold - like every 2nd week, ( she is vegetarian so eats healthy ) . maybe I have become allergic to gluten or i'm lactose intolerant, i have cut back on lactose but no difference. What I would like to know from you is do you know of any similar cases and are there any tests that I can have to see if it's an allergy. I have also taken cortisone, nasal sprays but nothing seems to help, please advise what you think my next step should be. thanks in advance.

Expert's Reply


Cough Expert
- 2019/06/10

Yours sounds like a complicated case of chronic cough.  I suggest you get a second opinion from another pulmonologist.  The nasal sprays and antacids have to be used in the correct way.  It may be that you have some underlying condition of the lung such as airway damage and this usually requires a CT scan of the chest.

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