Hello lisaspear1017. I am unsure about your other medical conditions so I am going to answer your questions in two ways. There are many causes of a dry cough
that occurs at night. I am going to address the cough first. The cough can be caused by post-nasal drip, reflux, asthma that is poorly treated, lung conditions, and medications among others. Cough suppressants will not help any of these issues.
Post-nasal drip is usually due to allergies and is treated with over the counter allergy medications such as loratadine
. Decongestants can also ben helpful....however, if you have heart problems or high blood pressure
and use products with phenylephrine
in them instead.
Reflux is treated with omeprazole
and or ranitidine
. Asthma medications will need to be prescribed by a physician. Lung conditions and medication changes would need to be prescribed by your physician as well.
I would advise that you schedule a visit with your physician as they can decide on the cause of your cough, and can steer you to medications that can help and that you need to avoid due to your history. Write down any other symptoms that you have experienced over the last several months including your ear pain and take them with you to your appointment.
Be well, Dr. Kimberly