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Old 01-18-2009, 08:22 PM
 
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Well, that is interesting. No, he is not a smoker. Maybe he has heart disease that he is not aware of. Who knows. It just seems that I know a LOT of old men who cough all the time. In fact, all of the old men I know cough a lot. They are all over 74 years old. Ages: 74, 78, 86.... cough, cough, cough...
Veterans?
City dwellers?
Country dwellers?
Previous work history?
Past history of respiratory issues?
Past or current living situation?

I guess I'm asking aside from age and coughing what other commonalities?

For instance, most of the old men I know also cough but they share quite a few commonalities so I don't find it odd that they cough.
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:58 PM
 
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I know there are some high blood pressure medications that make you cough.

Also heart probems.
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Hey! When we get old our sinuses drain more! Shaddup already!

Seriously, like previous posters have said, it has to do a lot with life experiences, work history, geographical location, smoke and smog - lots of influences. Plus as you get older - whether or not you smoke, but smoking increases the die-off - the cilia (little hairs that gently trap and waft in your bronchia) die off and one's moist and mobile tissues become drier and less mobile, causing more buildup of phlegm and pollutants that have to be forced out - coughed out. The more damage you've done to your bronchia in your younger days - from everything from car exhaust and smoke and smog to cutting hay without a mask so that the particulates gather inside - the more likely you'll cough in later years, as well as be more susceptible to bronchitis and pneumonia.

Plus I SWEAR that since I turned 50, all of my orifices seem to produce more fluids; ears, nose, throat, eyes... no comments from the Peanut Gallery, please...
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Menands/Albany
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COPD, former/current smoker, getting a cold.......the list goes on.
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Old 03-27-2010, 05:41 PM
 
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It is possible that your older friends have a problem called dysphagia which is a swallowing disorder. As they eat, drink or have post nasal drip, the fluid secretions or food can get into the windpipe accidentally and can even aspirate into the lungs. This can cause the sensation that they are choking, and so they cough and cough and cough to clear whatever went into the windpipe. Sometimes older adults have a condition called Gastro Esophageal Reflux or GERD (chronic indigestion due to stomach acid coming up into the esophagus and irritating the windpipe. Left untreated, this condition can erode the lining of the esophagus and windpipe and put folks at risk of various forms of cancer, i.e. esophageal cancer, laryngeal cancer. Often those that have irritation from the chronic gastric acid will cough and have a hoarse sounding voice. Sometimes the coughing is also due to various neurologic deficits caused by stroke or Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia. The muscles in the area of the esophagus or windpipe are weakened by those medical problems. In many cases, the coughing and choking problem can be treated medically in a non-invasive way. There are medicines that control the acid reflux problem. There is a form of swallowing therapy that uses electrical stimulation to strengthen the muscles that one uses during swallowing. Many people are helped by such treatment. The bottom line is that if the older adults you are referring to who cough have problems with aspiration due to the above medical issues, if they do not get help, they could develop aspiration pneumonia and other pulmonary illnesses. Much illness can be avoided with proper treatment. I hope you tell them to see a physician, especially a pulmonologist, internist or GI specialist.
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Old 03-27-2010, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Seniors cough more because..........

They've had a life time to breath air pollution

They smoked heavily

They have dry mouth and throat due to age

They drank to much

They are just.......old and worn out.
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Old 03-28-2010, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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My MIL took high blood pressure and congestive heart failure medication---the pills gave her a constant cough, but I guess the alternative (death) made the cough something to put up with...
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Old 03-28-2010, 07:40 AM
 
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Anyone considered allergy? A lifetime of exposure to artificial scents, chemicals, pollution, etc etc can give people a chemical sensitivity which makes them cough or have other allergic reactions. Many people don't develop allergies until later in life.

I didn't have any allergies until my 40's and it gets worse all the time. Coughing is the reaction I get to dust, certain artificial scents, or mold. Perfume goes straight for my sinsuses.
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Old 03-28-2010, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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My MIL took high blood pressure and congestive heart failure medication---the pills gave her a constant cough, but I guess the alternative (death) made the cough something to put up with...
YES!! Some BP pills will make a person cough to the point of gagging.
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Lisinopril. The common side effect is a cough. It gets so bad that some folks have to switch to other BP meds. There are plenty of other causes, as has been noted. I discovered a sensitivity that I have to guar gum, which is in a LOT of dairy now because it is a cheap thickener. It also thickens mucous and can just about strangle some of us. No Ben n Jerry's for me unless I want to spend about six miserable hours hacking up loogies.
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