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37 year old male ex smoker. Ive had a chronic cough for a

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37 year old male ex smoker. I've had a chronic cough for a bout a year. It's a dry cough mostly. I've had 2 x-rays that were clear and 3 complete lung function test and did a methacholine test that did show a little itrritation. If it is asthma it would be very minimal. Puffers do not really help.
My right lung seems more affected.

I do have a stuffy nose and at times and some nasal drip.

I'm also scheduled to see if I have GERD I do have some signs of acid reflux and I'm on Nexium now but my cough is the same.

What would be my next step?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Nitika replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

Heartburn?

Nausea?

Pain abdomen?

Alcohol intake?

Have you seen a gastroenterologist so far?

Any history of hypertension?

Are you taking any medicines?

Sore throat,throat irritation?

 

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

heartburn at night, no nausea, no abdominal pain, very little booze, 1 beer a week, did see gastro, waiting for apointment at the hospotal to have a lpok with a camera. sometimes sore throat in the am, mild hypertension, a bot overweoght. taking nexium 40mg

Expert:  Dr. Nitika replied 1 year ago.

Hi,
Thanks for providing more information.

As per your description,you are going in right path for further diagnosis.

GERD can be a possible cause in your case for chronic cough.

And further upper GI scopy should be done in your case.

Other possible potential differential diagnosis may include Sinusitis(as you have cough,stuffy nose,sore throat,post nasal drip).

Laryngopharyngeal reflux disease.

So you can try steam inhalation and saline gargles.

Also add Zantac 150 mg twice a day alonwith Nexium.

Avoid alcohol,caffeine.

Avoid eating meals just before your bedtime.

Take OTC Claritin.

And make an appointment with a gastroenterologist again.

 

 

 

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

thank you



Im booked for an upper gi scopy.


I will follow your advice.

Expert:  Dr. Nitika replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

Thanks for the follow-up.

Yes,you need to undergo Upper GI scopy,X-ray of para nasal sinuses for further diagnosis.

 

 

 

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