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I've had a dry cough for months My doctor has given over

Customer Question

I've had a dry cough for months My doctor has given over the.counter.and said lungs.are.clear
JA: How long have you been dealing with the cough? Are you having any other symptoms?
Customer: Since june
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 3 months ago.

There are many possible causes for a dry cough that lasts this long. We can go through some of them. Are you on any medications? Do you have history of allergies or asthma?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
both ragweed and asthma
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
No meds
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 3 months ago.

Do you experience a little tickle in your throat, or feathery sensation?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Not sure. I.cough when I drink cold items and its hot
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Outside
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 3 months ago.

How has your energy level been during this time?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Very active
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Ok, I'll talk to my doctor more, thanks
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 3 months ago.

Do you suffer from acid reflux or heartburn?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
bad acid reflux
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 3 months ago.

That is a very common cause for chronic cough....typically underdiagnosed, or delayed diagnosed.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Ok. When will.it.go away
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 3 months ago.

Stomach acid is very caustic. It tends to cause erosion, inlammation and irritation of the mucous membranes in the posterior oropharynx.

Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 3 months ago.

A common complaint is the sensation that "something is stuck in the throat" or there is "a ball of phlegm stuck in there."

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
OMG yes!!! I don't always bring up anything.
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 3 months ago.

Prognosis is good if one assiduously follows GERD precautions:

http://www.med.umich.edu/1info/FHP/practiceguides/gerd/gerdinstructions.pdf

and takes an acid blocker such as prilosec every day (some require it twice daily.)

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Ok, thanks.
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 3 months ago.

It may take several months, but cough related to acid reflux does usually go away with the proper measures.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Ok.
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 3 months ago.

Hope this is the case for you. If not, be sure to let your doctor know.

Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 3 months ago.

Do you have any additional questions?