Patient Comments: Chronic Cough - Remedies

What remedies have been effective for your chronic cough?

Comment from: Wheatfreemama, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I developed an unexplained chronic cough followed by asthma which went on for about 3 years. After visiting doctors and many tests and a series of medications which were making me sicker I visited an acupuncturist who suggested getting off all wheat and white sugar, and like magic after just 2 days of this the constant cough was gone. After 10 days I saw significant changes in my appearance, breathing and sleep. I tested myself by eating 1 cracker and that night hacked for over an hour. I now listen to my body and read all labels. If I start coughing again I make note of what I ate and eliminate anything that seems to set me off. We need to eliminate all GMO fake, processed, garbage foods riddled with chemicals, preservatives and pesticides which are killing us.

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Comment from: Gma, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I know this may sound strange. I have had a chronic cough for about 17 years. I went to different doctors and specialist for two years straight, nothing. About 3 years ago I hurt my knee. My doctor prescribed ibuprofen, which did not help. I called and told him that I was still in a lot of pain. He prescribed tramadol 50 mg. I took it for my knee, which helped. But I noticed I was waking up without coughing. I kept taking the tramadol and noticed my coughing was cut in half. I could actually read a story to my students without coughing. I explained this strange occurrence to my doctor. He took notes and I have been taking tramadol ever since. A lady across the street from me also had a chronic cough. Her doctor prescribes Vicodin. That is too harsh a narcotic in my opinion. I can now go to church, weddings, and teach without coughing every time I open my mouth to talk. I still cough, but nowhere near as much as I used to. One or 2 pills 3 times a day keeps my cough under control. This is the only thing that has worked for me. When I retire in 2 years I plan on going back to a specialist to see if they can figure this thing out. Hope this helps. You may want to talk to your doctor about it.

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Comment from: gailrooney, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I broke my humerus just below my shoulder playing racket ball with my husband. I hit the wall trying to volley back to him. We are in our middle 70s, so I guess my bones are very brittle, although I don't have osteoporosis.

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Comment from: Steph, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I have had my chronic cough for 6 years. I had all testing possible, changed blood pressure pills too. Nothing stopped the constant cough. People were worried. Then I went off all carbs. No bread, crackers, rice, pasta, potatoes, etc., just to try and get my weight down. Suddenly I noticed I had not coughed for over two weeks! Today I had a bun at lunch and exactly two hours later I was coughing again for an hour! To check it out I had another bun much later in the day and 2 hours later cough started again for one hour! I think I found the answer, it could be the wheat! Maybe you could try that. I miss the bread so that is why I had a bun today.

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Comment from: JSAL, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

I have had a persistent cough for 4 years. My doctor said I had acid reflux and allergies. I was prescribed omeprazole and allergy medication. I read up on acid reflux and followed that diet which helped out a little. But life was still terrible. I wanted to rule out lung cancer and throat cancer so I had to be persistent with doctor to rule those out. He only had my throat scoped and found nothing. I switched doctors. My new doctor ordered 2 tests to start; x-ray to check lungs and a (Helicobacter pylori) test. This checks for pylori infection in your stomach. It came back positive! I was given medication (a 10 day treatment plan) which I will start tomorrow. I have read up on this bacterial infection and it can cause a chronic cough. I will let you know in 11 days if this fixed my cough of 4 years. Hope this helps somebody.

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Comment from: brother123, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 13

For all those suffering from a cough that you can't shake, get your immune system checked. Get to an immunologist!

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