How can I kill a cough that lingers for a month?
October 30, 2009 4:50 AM Subscribe
Why do I always have a cough that lingers for about a month after I've had a cold, and how can I get rid of it?
posted by joshrholloway to Health & Fitness (25 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
For as long as I can remember, after I've had a cold, I still have a hacking cough for about a month afterward, which tends to finally go away abruptly. The cough is the only symptom that lingers after everything else goes away, and I feel fine otherwise. I've had asthma since I was a kid, which I'm assuming is the cause of (or at least a large contributor to) this problem.
This is a dry cough. I don't ever cough up any phlegm or anything like that. If it gets really bad, I can use my rescue inhaler and it will help me for a few minutes. Cough drops also help, but not a lot. The weird thing is that I never have any other real problems with my asthma besides this.
I've talked to multiple doctors about this and they have all kind of shrugged it off and implied that it's just something I have to deal with. While I can deal with it, it's just annoying to have to explain to people that this terrible hacking cough is just my asthma acting up and that I'm not contagious.
So has anyone else ever dealt with anything like this? Do you have any recommendations on how to kill this stupid cough without waiting a month?