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Cough

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Posted by: | 2019/11/11

Q.

Persistent cough for the past 8 weeks

I have had a cough now for eight weeks. I first took Mucinex, because I have some phlegm when I cough. That did not work, so I turned to cough medicines. When those also did not work, I went to the Dr., and they prescribed me three different antihistamines. After taking those for three days, I ended up with vertigo (I believe from dehydration). I stopped taking the drugs, and four days later I was no longer dizzy. I am still coughing though, get tired very easily, and am constantly spitting out phlegm. The Dr. told me I did not have pneumonia, whooping cough, or sinus infection. The cough is always worse in the late afternoon.

Expert's Reply

A.

Cough Expert
- 2019/11/11

There are many causes of chronic cough. One of the most frequent is chronic hay fever or post-nasal drip. It sounds like you may have had this. There many different types of antihistamines and perhaps you would benefit more from a different one. There are also anti-inflammatory nasal sprays that can be used. Other causes could be acid coming up the food pipe, or lung disease like asthma. I suggest you see a lung expert to sort through these and get some sensible advice.

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