Dry cough

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hi everyone , was diagnosed with Bronchiectasis almost 3 years ago . For as long as can remember have had some sort of cough . Fo last few months I have had a very tickle dry cough , which is driving me crazy . Been to my GP several times , been given anti histamine & acid reflux reducers . GP thinks it could be acid reflux causing irritatation . The other suspicion is , I had a sinus scan due to the amount of catarrh I make , these were found to be very infected & I'm waiting to see a specialist about this . My cough is dry and sounds quite hoarse .

Anyone else have similar ? 

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    Hi I started with a cough like the same one you have before I was told I had bx,I had lots of test I suffered with sinus problem before I had polups in my nose in take a nasacort spray to keep at bay .the cough is so annoying I also was given acid reflux tablets for this problem ,ask for a ct scan it will show any sinus problems ,I also had a lung collapse that was causing the coughing the mucus is still in the lung like a soup ,it differicult trying to get to the bottom of problems with bx but good luck ,I hope you get sorted 
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    Hey Bricklayer,

    I've always had a cough, but I'm asthmatic, also have hay fever lol. 

    I've been on the highest dose of Lansoprazole, 1 twice a day, for reflux,  and all year round Loratadine for many years now for antihistamine. It seems to be linked with my BX. I also have to use a nasal spray to keep it clear at night.

    I've noticed that in the last few years I've had lots of sinusitis infections and unfortunately burst ear drums. I get the pressure from the BX because of the backlash of the coughing up sputum that blocks my nasal passages, which in turn puts pressure on my sinuses and then bursts my drums. Though I don't think it's the same for all BX sufferers??

    My cough started off being a tickle I couldn't shift. Now it's a full blown hack sad 



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    Your history sounds alot like mine. The dry cough was horrible. I did get relieve when I was diagnosed with asthma years ago and given an inhaler.  I use a nebulizer as well and take prednisone. 6 yrs ago, due to a ct scan, I was diagnosed with Bx. I've never had an issue with acid reflux.

    The lungs natural way of getting the mucus up by coughing is hampered by the decrease in airways, causing the the natural reflex of coughing to be on going. 

    Do you have shortness of breath? Do you feel that there is mucus in your lungs that is not being coughed up? Do you feel a tightness in your chest most of the time?

    These are questions and more that you and your specialist need discuss.



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      Hi Elizabeth ! Thanks for reply , no , shortness in breath , In fact walk 5 miles a day without issue & swim too . I do occasional struggle clearing my chest , I use an Acapella , but sometimes cough so much it makes me feel nauseous. Don't really get tightness in the chest unless have an infection .

      I will see my specialist when I get home .

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    I have had them removed 5 times and it helps for a while but they grow back ,I also have asthma I think it's all connected 

    Thanks jokeys

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    I have had the most annoying cough for 2 weeks, nasty mucus and feel dreadful, I went to the doctors last week I'm now on Antibiotics, but they have done nothing, I'm going back to the doctors on monday, I'm feeling tired and so unwell.

    I'm usually quite an active person, walking my dog, working part time, and a few hobbies, but for the past few weeks, I've had no interest at all.

    I was diagnosed with Bronchectasis last year, I also have Asthma which is well under control at the moment.

    I have multiple allergies which affects my Bronchectasis, maybe you to may have an allergy that is causing this for you.

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