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Re: Cough - for months

My hubby takes ACE inhibitors and has this side effect.
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Old 11.01.2015, 19:32
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Re: Cough - for months

Does she sleep with open window? It could be allergy to Alternaria alternata.
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My hubby takes ACE inhibitors and has this side effect.
There's a few folk round here that do the same.
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Hope she finds an answer. Coughing sucks.

It's important to know when this started - was she ill before, could this be leftover from pneumonia, walking pnemonia, respiratory infection.

It could be acid reflux, or a drug reaction - ace inhibitors (bp meds) have as a side effect coughing in some people.

It could be an allergy or sensitivity.

Could be any number of weird autoimmune things - has she had a chest x-ray?

Might be structural - does she have a low soft palate in her mouth.

Definitely contact a lung clinic for a work up, i hope they figure something out.

The problem is that this has been going on for so long that she can't remember when it started.
She now claims it started when we moved into the house (which would make it Summer of 1981) - but I don't think it was cronic back then.

I'll phone with her sometime next week to see if she has the results of the bronchoscopy she was going to get made by a local lung-specialist.
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Re: Cough - for months

i say mold, if you do easter cleaning every year you should find it if there is any though.
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Re: Cough - for months

Hi Ricard,
i seem to have the same problem as your sister and have been having cough for years. The doctor here in Zurich (after plenty of exams, checks, attempts of pulmicort and an anti-reflux med) told me the problem is this very nasal drip!!! the only recommendation was to rinse the nasal cavity with salty water for a month. what is your sister doing to treat it? there is always a way out....
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Re: Cough - for months

Depending on the problem causing the symptoms, perhaps massage along these lines could help:
http://youtu.be/EwA3wU-XuY0
Although this video seems to be made specifically for those with Cystic Fibrosis, I have known this kind of work to loosen phlegm for others, too.

In the absence of a therapist, a very much reduced version of this effect can be achieved by tipping one's chest upside down and shaking about, breathing deeply, huffing breath out, deliberately coughing, and/or hitting one's chest and back with a rolled-up towel or a cushion.

Three positions can be useful:
a) stand behind the sofa with the thighs pressed up agains the back-rest, then lean forward, bending at the hips to hang one's head down towards, or on, the seat of the sofa;
b) lie face-down on the bed, and then inch forward, until not just the head but the whole upper body is hanging down over the end of the bed;
c) lie curled up on one's side on the bed, and build a "mountain" of cushions in front of the belly. Then roll over up onto the cushions, so as to lie with the hips raised and the head and lungs "semi-hanging" down.

Disclaimer: please, for such exercises, take all the sensible precautions, like wearing shoes with a good grip, no loose carpets around, be sure to first place a sturdy dining-room chair nearby, to grab to help get oneself back upright again safely. Probably best to have someone else standing nearby when trying these movements for the first time.
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Re: Cough - for months

OK,
had a chance to talk to my mom again (on the phone).
It seems that her trachea produces too little mucus.
As a result, it's too dry and all the stuff, the dust and whatnot that you inhale over the day but normally is caught in that mucus wanders down into her bronchia, creating tussive irritation.
So for now, she's got some sort of inhalation-device she should use.

Don't know yet if there's a cure.

I hope I get her patient-record at some time with the latin word for it, so I can google that...

All that medication over the years wasn't very helpful for that, I assume.
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Re: Cough - for months

Inhalations seem to be the best cure- several times a day- and try to keep the air moist if she lives in a dry area or an over-heated one. With children with croup (incessant hacking cough), the advice is to boil a kettle in a small room to allow the area to fill with steam and breathe it in. It could be a pan of water if not kettle available, or even damp towels on radiators if radiators suitable.

Hope your mum improves soon- elderly parents a long way away are such a worry, I so remember.
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