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Cough

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Posted by: | 2020/01/23

Q.

Persistent coughing every winter

I always get a persistent cough around wintertime, and it sticks with me for pretty much the whole season. Usually, it doesn't affect me too badly (I would dry cough frequently, but it wouldn't bother me at all), but this year, I have a lot of mucus in the back of my throat. I've been waking up with cold-like symptoms (my nose doesn't get stuffy, and my throat doesn't hurt, but I have a so much mucus in the back of my throat that I often can't speak normally for a good half an hour while I try to get the mucus out--sorry for the TMI lol). I had a cold from 12/23 - 12/29-ish, but I've been coughing incessantly since then. It's really, really annoying because I'm heavily involved in a choir, but I can't really sing with so much mucus in my throat (plus all the coughing is very distracting). I have a rehearsal tomorrow and then a big concert on Saturday :/ Is there any way I can somehow dislodge all the mucus and get rid of the cough by then? Also, I've been coughing so much that I have slight abdominal pain. So yeah, that sucks too lol. Thanks for reading all this.

Expert's Reply

A.

Cough Expert
- 2020/01/31

I would try some antihistamines.  This problem may not be in the lung, but in the upper airways.  You might have chronic hay fever with post-nasal drip.  Sometimes other causes like acid reflux may cause these kind of symptoms.  A nasal spray could also help.  See your doctor.

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