NIGHT TIME COUGHING SPELLS

Discussion in 'Health and medical' started by Wayne Allen, Mar 7, 2004.

  1. Wayne Allen

    Wayne Allen Guest

    I wonder if somebody can give me some advice for my 78
    year old mother. She seems to be in fine health during
    the day. However, at night (often between 2:00 to 5:00 in
    the morning) she will wake up and get an uncontrollable
    coughing spell. If she takes some Benadryl it will
    usually stop within 20-30 minutes. But the Benadryl often
    leaves her shaking for a while. She suspects that the
    problem is somehow related to a sinus drainage, which is
    causing the coughing. But so far no doctor has been able
    to pinpoint a cause.

    Would appreciate any thoughts or ideas.

    Thanks!

    Wayne Allen
     
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  2. Anon

    Anon Guest

    On 2004-03-07 17:59:02 -0500, [email protected] (Wayne Allen) said:

    > I wonder if somebody can give me some advice for my 78
    > year old mother. She seems to be in fine health during
    > the day. However, at night (often between 2:00 to 5:00 in
    > the morning) she will wake up and get an uncontrollable
    > coughing spell. If she takes some Benadryl it will
    > usually stop within 20-30 minutes. But the Benadryl often
    > leaves her shaking for a while. She suspects that the
    > problem is somehow related to a sinus drainage, which is
    > causing the coughing. But so far no doctor has been able
    > to pinpoint a cause.

    Obviously, I don't have the benefit of knowing your Mom's
    complete medical history. The differential diagnosis for
    cough is *huge*, especially in a 78 y/o. Sinus drainage is
    one possible cause. If she hasn't tried one of the
    prescription inhaled corticosteroids (Flonase, etc.), it
    might be worth trying. She'd need to see her doctor for
    this, of course. There are more serious conditions that can
    cause a nighttime cough, of course.
     
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