Bad Coughing Spells


Q: Hi, I've been having a persistent cough for about a week and half, sometimes i cough up a little bit of white mucus, but at other times it feels like i have something stuck in my throat. The coughing has gotten to the point that i sometimes feel short of breath. My cough happens to very bad at night, but i do not have a history of asthma.I'm not a fan of meds, but i have tried claritin and motrin, neither have did anything for me. Please let me know if there is anything to do and what it is.


A:   Apparently due to the characteristics of your cough, post nasal drip might have probably be the reason for your persistent cough. This could be caused by your seasonal allergies history. I would suggest you to keep taking Claritin once daily and try to identify the allergens that might be causing your allergies.
Most commonly carpets, dust, certain perfumes and the environment might be causing the reaction. Motrin could be stopped now since it does not cause benefits in your condition. You could also try over the counter cough syrups if the cough is irritating your throat. I wish you a prompt recovery.

Related Q&A

Q: Hi, My 10 week old daughter has developed a dry 'throaty' cough a couple of days ago, it has now changed into a 'ratt...

Q: Persistent long-term coughing despite x-rays and tests showing no obvious causes. Chest x-ray showed no problem indic...

Q: I have been having a barking cough for about 2 weeks now. I saw a doctor a week ago and was given doxycycline and flo...

Q: I have this cough it sounds like it is in my chest. my throat only hurts when i cough and iam loseing my voice. i don...

Q: I have been coughing up yellowish white mucus for almost two years now. I have had multiple tests, including a cxr an...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon