Dry hacking Cough
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#1 Feb 9, 2009
Anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of a nagging dry hacking cough that keeps you up all night long coughing?? This is driving me bonkers as I haven't slept in two days now for coughing! I cough all day and all night long! I'm taking Delsym and it's just not cutting it. I can't take Robitussin cause it makes me jittery and doesn't work either. Anyone know of a sure fire trick to get rid of this crap??
#2 Feb 9, 2009
I use Alkaselzer(sp?) for cough. I works great for me. You may be too sick for the over the counter medicine to work. You should go to the doctor if you can b/c I heard whooping cough was going around.
#3 Feb 9, 2009
A few things to try:
Humidify the air. We all have the heat on and dry air makes us cough. If you don't have a humidfier, boil a few gallons of water into the air before bedtime.(Don't leave the stove on). If you can do it without burning yourself, inhale some of the steam. It will help with nasal and lung congestion and might get you to cough up whatever is down there.
Diphenhydramine is pretty good for suppressing cough and it makes most people sleepy. I would not take it with the Delsym. One drug at a time is enough. You can use the allergy capsules if you have some. Supressing a cough is not always a good idea. So this might be ok so you can get a few hours sleep but don't do it all day every day. Whatever is down there needs to come up.
Robitussin won't help. It is to help liquify a productive cough. Robo DM might help a little but if Delsym is not helping, Robo is a spit in the wind.
If whooping cough is going around, by all means get to a doctor. Over the counter won't fix it. And if your wife and kids are not sick yet, make sure they are vaccinated quick!
#4 Feb 9, 2009
You dont happen to take blood pressure medication do you? Some can cause chronic coughing. Are you around any mold? Can also cause coughing. Have you considered maybe allergies could be a problem?
#5 Feb 13, 2009
What made you think this person has a wife and kids?
#6 Feb 13, 2009
Empiric evidence only. Younger people do not usually ask for help with cough! Older people usually have families. To me the author's writing style seemed male. I don't know why. But that is why I said "wife" and the kids were assumed, partly because that is the most likely group to bring home whooping cough.
It does not really matter if it is wife, husband, housekeeper, paramour, concubine, or whatever. Whooping cough is highly contagious. If there are "close contacts" of any sort with a case of whooping cough, they should be vaccinated immediately.
In fact, since whooping cough has been making a resurgence lately, everyone should talk to their medical provider about getting vaccinated......
Among other things, this article indicates that up to 80% of housemates of a whooping cough patient will get whooping cough without a vaccine.
So I am just being a helpful public health official. If someone in your household has a communicable disease that can be prevented with a vaccine, rush out and get the vaccine!
And it works best if taken several weeks before exposed. Whooping cough is on the rise and it is preventable (and also sometimes fatal).
It is easy to prevent. Get a shot!
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