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Old 10-17-2009, 08:16 PM
 
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Default please help. my son has been coughing for a year.

Please help. Any one of you had this following experience? My son coughs every day for almost a year, we moved from Hawaii to Utah where the wheather is dry for about a year. I took my son to a doctor and she found nothing wrong with his throat, no infection or anything, no mucus either, it's like a dry cough. I suspect maybe then it could be allergy, but the allergy medicine doesn’t seem to cure the problem either. He doesn’t cough constantly, but couple of times here and there throughout the day. Any experience in this area? Thanks in advance.

 
Old 10-17-2009, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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No direct exp. but you've mentioned the dry climate...have you tried a humidifier in his room?
 
Old 10-17-2009, 08:49 PM
 
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sometimes things like this happen, my mother has had a chronic cough since she was about 13 years old, one coughing fit when she gets up, one at night, and a couple here and there throughout the day, especially if she gets too excited or laughs too much
 
Old 10-17-2009, 08:52 PM
 
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sometimes things like this happen, my mother has had a chronic cough since she was about 13 years old, one coughing fit when she gets up, one at night, and a couple here and there throughout the day, especially if she gets too excited or laughs too much
and your mother never stopped coughing since? poor thing.
 
Old 10-17-2009, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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It could reactive airway disease. My dd had it and they gave her an inhaler like the one they use for asthma.
 
Old 10-17-2009, 08:57 PM
 
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Please help. Any one of you had this following experience? My son coughs every day for almost a year, we moved from Hawaii to Utah where the wheather is dry for about a year. I took my son to a doctor and she found nothing wrong with his throat, no infection or anything, no mucus either, it's like a dry cough. I suspect maybe then it could be allergy, but the allergy medicine doesn’t seem to cure the problem either. He doesn’t cough constantly, but couple of times here and there throughout the day. Any experience in this area? Thanks in advance.
Get a rec for a good allergist. Is going to cost you change & then some if he is of age to get specifically tested.
Another suggestion would be a ENT who specializes with peds. Again, since it is a specialty doctor, there will be some sort of charge unless you have beyond awesome insurance.

And, it could just be a learned behavior that he'll outgrow.

Good luck.
 
Old 10-17-2009, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Please help. Any one of you had this following experience? My son coughs every day for almost a year, we moved from Hawaii to Utah where the wheather is dry for about a year. I took my son to a doctor and she found nothing wrong with his throat, no infection or anything, no mucus either, it's like a dry cough. I suspect maybe then it could be allergy, but the allergy medicine doesn’t seem to cure the problem either. He doesn’t cough constantly, but couple of times here and there throughout the day. Any experience in this area? Thanks in advance.
A humidifier may certainly help.

Also, you could have his thyroid checked by a specialist since it causes that dry cough thing. It isn't a real cough, it is more like a weird reflex from a thyroid malfunction. (I used to have that until my thyroid was treated.)

You could also have him checked by an allergist. He could also be allergic to something in the home. (Pets, candles, household cleaners, or any number of things.) Meds don't always help. Let them do some scratch tests so you can remove the culprit.

Be persistent...there is an answer out there somewhere. This is certainly annoying for him to have to live with this and it tires you out when you are coughing.

Make sure and post any updates.

Good luck to you and I really mean that!!!
 
Old 10-17-2009, 09:00 PM
 
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You've moved from an incredibly humid place to an incredibly dry one. I think the reason is obvious. His body is used to the humidity. In fact, he may be genetically predisposed to live in a humid climate. This is a shock to his system. When I visited south Texas one year I was dehydrated the entire time. I couldn't wait to get back to good ol' humid Washington DC.
 
Old 10-17-2009, 10:19 PM
 
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A humidifier may certainly help.

Also, you could have his thyroid checked by a specialist since it causes that dry cough thing. It isn't a real cough, it is more like a weird reflex from a thyroid malfunction. (I used to have that until my thyroid was treated.)

You could also have him checked by an allergist. He could also be allergic to something in the home. (Pets, candles, household cleaners, or any number of things.) Meds don't always help. Let them do some scratch tests so you can remove the culprit.

Be persistent...there is an answer out there somewhere. This is certainly annoying for him to have to live with this and it tires you out when you are coughing.

Make sure and post any updates.

Good luck to you and I really mean that!!!
sincerely thank you for your input and wishes.
 
Old 10-17-2009, 10:36 PM
 
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Post-nasal drip?

Or could it be a tic?
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