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78 year old suffering from chronic dry cough. Used several cough syrups, no help. Remedy ?

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We are residents of Calcutta, India. My mother who is 78 years old suffers from chronic dry cough. Various cough syrups have been tried under medical advice but there has been no remedy. Is there any way out ?
Posted Tue, 31 Jul 2012 in Lung and Chest disorders
Answered by Dr. Bimal Desai 24 minutes later
Thanks for writing in.
I would like to know if your doctors have told you the reason behind the cough. Also, have any investigations like X-ray of chest or any lab test been done for you? If yes, please upload the reports using the ‘Upload your reports’ section on the right. Till then, the following will help:
a.     She can take an inhaled bronchodilator like salbutamol along with low dose corticosteroid.
b.     Medications like codeine will also help
c.     If she can expectorate cough properly out, then its fine. Otherwise, she needs to bend forward while coughing and you need to massage her back. This will help her expectorate the phlegm.
d.     Steam inhalation twice daily will also help a lot
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