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Suggest treatment for chronic dry cough and sinus infection

I have a dry cough that at times turns into a violent coughing episode of gagging, watery eyes, wheezing, and one side of my face feels paralyzed. After an attack I usually have sinus drainage...the coughing has been worse at night in the past, but here lately, it s just as bad during the day. Afterwards, I feel like my coughing reflex is diminished and it s hard to cough. My abdominal muscles and intercostals are SO sore! The coughing spells are embarrassing and annoying. I had one while driving and it scared me to death- I could barely see to drive! I ve tried cough medicine and cough drops...thought I had found the answer in deep breathing techniques, but the relief was short lived. Please help!
Mon, 4 May 2015
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Hi, dry episodic cough usually is because of allergy and use of brochodilator with mucolytics help. Avoidance of specific triggers if any also helps. Other causes can be post nasal drip which can be secondary to sinusitis. An Xray PNS will help diagnosing it. Reflux esophagitis can also lead to dry cough. Use of proton pump inhibitor will help counter this. Please see an ENT or chest physician in case the cough doesn't improve. Regards
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