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Suggest treatment for dry cough

my husband has seen many doctors as to why he cant stop coughing he has a dry cough and is on coumadin and its irritating and frustrating nothing comes out when he coughs and even before he started coumadin he coughes alot it runs in his family from years ago is it possible that something could be living inside his lungs thats causing this his mother coughs all the time too is it allergies is his lung collapsed not enough airwave to breathe?
Tue, 31 Oct 2017
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Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Your husband is having chronic cough.
Most common cause for chronic cough is allergic asthma and lung infection (tuberculosis).
Since he is having family history (mother) positive for similar complaints, possibility of allergic asthma is more likely.
So better to take him to pulmonologist and get done clinical examination of respiratory system and PFT (Pulmonary Function Test).
PFT will not only diagnose asthma but it will also tell you about severity of the disease and treatment is based on severity only.
He will mostly improve with inhaled bronchodilators (formoterol or salmeterol) and inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) (budesonide or fluticasone).. Oral combination of antihistamine (levocetrizine or fexofenadine) and anti allergic (montelukast) once a day at night is also beneficial.
Don't worry, he will be alright.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wishing good health to your husband. Thanks.
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