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How can persistent coughing be treated?

Hi, I have been coughing for about 2 months now. It is a dry cough and I have to keep clearing my throat. I ve went to my doctor 2 weeks after it started and she said that my lungs were clear and couldn t find anything that would cause this. I do take some medications and have arthritis. What could this be from?
Wed, 30 Oct 2019
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Hello,

GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and allerghic rhinitis are the two main causes of prolonged cough, especially if your lung examination is normal and you have no weight loss, weakness, sweating, fever.

In this case, you may use omeprazole 20-40 mg 30 minutes before breakfast and also a nasal spray of fluticasone at night.
If you notice no improvement with this treatment in the next 2-3 weeks or you are any worse you will need to see your doctor and have further examinations to determine the cause.

I hope this answers your query.
I remain at your disposal for further medical assistance.

Regards,
Dr. Antoneta Zotaj
General and Family Physician
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