Cough feels like water went down respiratory tract.

Patient : I've been irritated by a cough that seems to be provoked by something being irritated in my lungs that I can't clear. What if feels like is the feeling about ten seconds after you accidentally get water into the respiratory tract. It's that irritating feeling associated with a sensation of fluid in the throat. I have the flu right now, so I'm wondering if this could be an early sign of pneumonia and if there's anything I can do about this at home since I have a rather unrelenting schedule at school as far as deadlines and exams go. Otherwise, I'll have to do a bunch of risky schedule and deadline rearrangements. I'd also be happy to know what nerves trigger this response.
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