Chronic Cough

Cough lasting for more than a month in children and more than two months in adults is termed chronic cough. It is a condition of concern. Chronic cough can either be wet and productive or dry. It may address underlying issues like bronchitis, acid reflux, drug-induced due to angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE) drugs, asthma, postnasal drip, etc., needing immediate management.

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My daughter has a continuous cough, and the medications I give have no effect. How to subside the severity of the cough?

Query: Hi doctor, My 11.5-year-old daughter is coughing continuously. I gave her Meftal-P 5 ml, one tablet of Levocet M Kid, and Ascoril LS 5 ml after consulting a doctor, but it has not subsidized. Kindly suggest a solution for this.  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query. The cough usually takes time to get reduced, sometimes even up to two weeks. I suggest you to try giving fresh honey one spoon three times a day along with the medications prescribed by your doctor. If not improving, kindly consult a pediatric f...  Read Full »

Prednisone did not reduce my COVID symptoms like muscle pain, numbness, and severe cough. Please suggest an alternative.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been sick for a month. I tested for HIV after 11 days of being sick, and the results were negative. I have COVID and sinusitis. Now I have muscle pain, tingling, numbness, and severe cough. Although I took Prednisone, it was not helpful. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to COVID (coronavirus disease) is more dangerous than HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Your HIV results are already negative. Some people take the test after 56 days or more. I suggest you take the following drugs. 1) Tablet Ultracet (Paracetamol/Acetaminophen 325 mg ...  Read Full »

My wife's cough and sore throat are not subsiding after getting exposed to dust. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently, our house underwent some construction and the whole place was filled with dust. Naturally, we cleaned surfaces and floors, but all my family members (aged, 49, 37, 4 and 2) developed a terrible cough and sore throat that lasted several days. After a week and a half, almost al...  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to, Yes, I suggest you consult your doctor as her cough is still present. I would recommend she get a CBC (complete blood count) and an X-Ray of chest, PA (posteroanterior) view done. For cough, in adults, I suggest taking tablet Montair FX (Montelukast 10 mg and Fexofenad...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from a chronic cough for the past three months. Is it indicative of plastic bronchitis?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had a chronic cough for three months. I am worried as something is partially obscuring my airway. Why do I have holes in my lungs? I have a photo of this to show. The hole is tiny, approximately half a centimeter. Is this normal?   Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello,Welcome to can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a cough for the last three months. You have recently undergone bronchoscopy, and you want to know about the arrow-marked hole of your bronchoscopy picture (attachment removed to prot...  Read Full »

My husband frequently coughs with sputum whenever he eats something. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband has frequently been coughing along with sputum every time he eats something, or in general, also he coughs a lot. He also consumed medicines for tuberculosis after consulting our local doctor, but the problem persists. He used to have chest pains very often, which are in con...  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per the above details, your husband has been treated for TB (Tuberculosis) and is now experiencing cough while having food. This can be due to many reasons like acid reflux, allergies or choking, etc. I suggest you give him Montair- LC (Levocetirizine and Montelukast) w...  Read Full »

Is cough associated with gastric diseases?

Query: Hello doctor, I have cough problem for five years. I have tested for TB as well, but it was negative. Before, I used to take prescribed medicines by the doctor and get relief. But for the last five months, I have a continuous cough with vomiting, sometimes. Kindly guide me on what to do.  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The most common reason for having these symptoms could be a feature of chronic silent GERD (gastroesophageal reflux) with LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux). Even though you might be asymptomatic or never had gastric issues in between, the inflammation in the throat oft...  Read Full »

How to handle asthmatic patient presenting with cough and smoking habit?

Query: Hi doctor, My nine-old daughter is having a bad hacking cough for a week. She has asthma and a slight heart murmur. She has a habit of smoking for two years. She is spitting a lot of phlegm. She is using inhalers. What to do?   Read Full »

Dr. Prakash Chandra Girdhar Lal Nagar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your daughter has a habit of smoking at an early state. She needs to stop it to have relief from cough. No one should smoke inside her room or close to her. Please mention whether she gets cough frequently during night time. Please mention...  Read Full »

Can gastric problems result in cough, sore throat, and headaches?

Query: Hi doctor,I have cough and sore throat for many years. Sometimes, I cough after waking up from sleep, and sometimes I have cough randomly. Sometimes, I have itchiness in my throat without pain. Suddenly, I have headaches starting from the back of my head until my shoulder. I have this headache often...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to have two possibilities. You can have chronic GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) with LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux). Gastric acidic contents cause faulty reflux and this can be the reason for having a feeling of something stuck in your throat or itchy di...  Read Full »

Why do I have chronic cough and mild heartburn from the last five days?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 25-year-old male with a weight of 64 kilograms and a height of five feet four inches. I have a chronic dry cough for the past five days. It becomes more persistent during sleep. I do not have fever. I took a tablet of Cetirizine to rule out the cause of allergy. I have mild heartbur...  Read Full »

Dr. Mian Shah Yousaf

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The condition of chronic cough indicates a cough presenting for months or years. As it is present just for five days, it suggests some reflux episode. It can occur due to laryngeal irritation. It causes cough and leads to a choking-like sensation in sleep. You can t...  Read Full »

My 4-year-old son has asthma and he is coughing continuously. What is the treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, My 4-year-old, son, has asthma, and he is coughing so much. He is continuously vomiting, but inhaler and nebulizer are not helping in this case. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Asthma can be exacerbated with a lot of external factors, the external factor like dust, cold, hot climate, pollen's causes irritation and eventual inflammation in small airway resulting in obstruction of airways, as a result, difficult breathing and lot of expectora...  Read Full »

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