Can Cetirizine be taken every day for an allergic cough?

Q. I cough every night, which gets better after taking Cetirizine. What should I do?

Answered by
Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 22, 2020 and last reviewed on: May 24, 2023

Hi doctor,

I have cough, and the mucus is white. Every night I suffer from this kind of situation. I have background medical records, and the doctor said that I am allergic to dust and cold beverages. But I do not think that I am allergic to dust because I do not have any symptoms. Every night I take Cetirizine because every time I take it, the cough stops. But I am scared that it might be worst. What should I do? I have done a urine test and x-ray of the chest for this problem.



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You probably have allergic pharyngitis. Avoid spicy oily and junk food altogether for a few days. Yes, dust can be one reason why your nose and throat might be creating a lot of phlegm. Sometimes even dust at home (as in when you vacuum or mop the floor or look into old stuff having dust ) can lead to such issues. Besides, even the slightest acidity can be one hidden cause. In allergic pharyngitis, you will not have a lot of signs except mucus irritating your throat. I advise you to have simple food with the most minor spices, avoid dust at all costs, and wear a mask because that is the only thing effective against dust. Consider saltwater gargles (one glass of boiled warm water with two spoons of salt, dissolve and gargle, keep sipping on warm water. Long-term use of Levocetirizine is not recommended. So start an antireflux treatment with a tablet of Pantoprazole 40 mg once a day in the morning 25 minutes before breakfast.

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