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Chronic cough, crawling sensation and tightness in chest, ticking in throat, aggravates after eating, lying. How can I cure it?

i ve had this cough for 3 years. sometimes there is a crawling sensation in my chest and other times it feels like a tickling at the pit of my throat . Everyday I cough. Somedays I cough more than others. the cough begins dry and becomes productive with clear frothy mucus before the cough attack is over. after the cough attack is over i find myself clearing my throat for the next 20-30 minutes because of drainage. My chest gets tight and sometimes my throat does. there is not certain times that i cough. i cough day and night. alot of times i cough after i eat, when i lay down, when i get hot. often i have to get up and walk out of church 2-3 times during the service to finish my cough. drinking water and letting cool air blow in my face during these attacks seems to help but does not stop the cough.
Asked On : Mon, 23 Jul 2012
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Hello. Welcome to hcm.
Recurrent cough might be chronic bronchitis or asthma.
I advice you to undergo ECHO, PFT, XRAY chest first. Depending on finding,a diagnosis can be made. Mucus secretions can be sent to lab for examination. Chronic cough can damage lungs and have effect on heart and brain. So the earlier the better.
Dring warm water,avoid cold by wearing warm clothes.
You should be started on antibiotics and bronchodilators and mucolytics once the tests are done.
All the best
Answered: Tue, 24 Jul 2012
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