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Suggest treatment for sudden increase in cough

I have noticed that I have been coughing a lot more recently. It seemed to start about middle of last summer and seems to be every morning when I get up. I am 63, 5 ft 7, 148lbs. I exercise daily on an eliptical, work 40 hours a week at a job where I m moving most of the time. I don t drink much, perhaps a wine cooler once or twice a month, don t take any meds, but do use vitamins and supplements. My bp last time it was checked was 116 over 60. When I wake I start coughing and it is productive, but clear. Most of the day I m not coughing to much, but when I do it is moving stuff. I don t smoke, though I did off and on for about 5 years from ages 18 to 22. Quit when I was 22 and have never smoked again, however, my late husband was a smoker till he died in 2003. There is a history of emphesema (sp) in my family, one of the reasons I quit. just wondering why I m all of sudden having this coughing. Otherwise, feel fine, sleep ok (never been a good sleeper, I m a fretter), eat fine and have good energy levels. What should I do, if anything.
Thu, 3 Mar 2016
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Ophthalmologist 's  Response
yourbp is normal for cough chest physician should examine your lung field. it can be chronic throat problem like pharyngitis. throat should be examined by ent doctor. your history is not complete and
clear. you should have clarified whether cough is dry or productive?sputum test should be done for AFB.can be allergic manifestation of pollution and dust, take tab levocetrizine 5mg daily. if recomanded have to take systemic antibiotic and benadryl cough syrup.
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