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My husband is a very healthy 55 yr old never smoked (although some secondary smoking at work 20 yrs ago in small office with smoker) nor drank v much. He's had an irritating cough for few months on & off& coughed up traces of blood on occasion. The worst symptom is v dry throat especially at night which keeps him awake & tight feeling in throat when swallowing. In the past he's choked couple of times yrs ago & investigations then showed he had a narrow gullet. He's also lost about 8 lbs I. Last 3 months.Blood tests have come back normal & so has chest X-ray. He's now waiting for endoscopy & extremely worried. He also has some acid occasionally after eating. Should he be cutting out dairy foods etc? He's already stopped tea/coffee. Any advice v much appreciated!
Well, without a detailed clinical evaluation it would be difficult to determine the cause of his symptoms. Possible causes that may need to be considered include GI/ respiratory tract infections, inflammations, trauma, erosions, GI ulcers, vascular issues, growths/ masses etc. Cutting dairy products would not be indicated. I would suggest getting this evaluated by an internist initially and depending on the cause diagnosed/ suspected, it can be managed accordingly or specialist care may be sought.
Hope this is helpful.
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