posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 04:42 PM
I have been coughing for, oh, at least 20 years straight. I went through all the doctors, xrays, cat-scans, MRIs, you name it. My kids tell me when
they were little they used to be able to find me in a store if they got lost, because they could hear my barking cough. I don't smoke, I never did.
I do have pretty stubborn allergies, though.
It started after a bout of bronchitis, and never really cleared up. The official diagnosis, after many years, is that I have "cough variant
asthma", and what aggravates it is post-nasal drip. The drip runs down the back of the throat and constantly tickles my upper airways, which
triggers a cough.
Lately Texas has had some nasty allergens in the air. Count on the wind to keep dust and other nasties stirred up, making those who are sensitive
suffer. Yesterday I coughed and sniffled constantly.
Allergies and asthma can suddenly just pop up, strange as it may sound. Our immune systems start to go haywire one day, and that's it.
Coughing is serious, but if you have gone through all the testing and they don't know, then you're like me. You may have post nasal drip and not
even realize it. Try taking something drying like an antihistamine to see if it abates temporarily. I also use Source Naturals Wellness Cough Syrup,
which is homeopathic in nature and none-addictive, when it gets really bothersome. I don't recommend codeine or hydrocodone cough syrup for
long-term relief. They make you feel great, but are highly addicting and not beneficial in the long term.