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Cough and Throat infection

Hallow Doctor,

My wife 26 yrs old and have one child. We got married 5 years back and she is struggling with Dry Cough regulary ( avg 25 to 30 times a day) and and Throat infection intermitantly( once in 6 to 8 weeks).  She have this problem more than 6 or 7 years. Cough is neither very strong nor because of cold.

She will go to the doctor when the throat infection is severe and get some antibiotic as a temperory solution. She undergone test for TB (Tubarclosis) and results were negative.

It will be grateful if she gets some diagnosis to this problem. e mail to my id will be very grateful. ***@****

Best Regards,

G Senthilnathan
  
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The most likely cause of your wife’s cough and sore throat is chronic sinusitis with postnasal drip.  Other common causes would include asthma and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly called acid reflux – acid coming up from the stomach.

The sinusitis, which is inflammation of the sinuses, would best be treated with nasal washes followed by a prescription nasal steroid spray.  Routine use of a nasal steroid spray decreases inflammation in the nose and sinuses along with mucus production.  When a nasal steroid spray is used regularly it can prevent sinusitis.  However it does not provide immediate relief of symptoms.  It may need to be used every day for several weeks to months to notice improvement in the symptoms.  To get the most help from any nasal spray first do a nasal wash to remove mucus from the nose and sinuses.  To learn more about this technique please read our nasal wash treatment information by copying and pasting this address

http://www.nationaljewish.org/healthinfo/medications/lung-diseases/alternative/nasal-wash-treatment.aspx

into the address window of your internet browser.  Share this information with your doctor to see if you would benefit from this daily treatment.

There are other less common causes.  If it appears that the cause is not sinusitis, asthma or acid reflux, the next step would be for you to arrange for your wife to be evaluated in the cough clinic of the nearest university hospital medical center.

Good luck.
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