My 4 year old daughter has had a cough at night for 2 years. (on and off) She will cough for hours on end. (1-4 hours) She seems to get a nasal drip and it irritates her throat causing this cough. She does not cough when she is awake. We have tried asthma meds., allergy tests, air purifiers, humidifiers, vaporizers, raising the head of the bed, antibiotics for sinus infections, cough medicines(over the counter and prescription) and we don't know what to do?? Maybe someone has had the same problem and can lend some advice?? Thanks
Postnasal drip is drainage from the nose and sinuses dripping down the back of the throat. There could be several reasons for this drainage. One is an allergic reaction to inhaling something. A second reason is a non-allergic, non-infectious inflammation in the sinuses that can linger after a cold. A third reason is chronic sinusitis. Postnasal drip can cause coughing as a result of irritation of the throat. Your daughter may experience the postnasal drip as a feeling of phlegm at the back of her throat. It is typical for this to be worse at night after lying down to sleep. A nasal wash helps remove phlegm from the nose and sinuses. This can temporarily decrease the postnasal drip and lessen coughing. A prescription nasal steroid spray decreases swelling of the nose and phlegm production. This may prevent the postnasal drip and coughing. To get the most help from a nasal steroid spray use it after doing a nasal wash. A nasal steroid spray does not provide immediate relief of symptoms. It may require several weeks of routine use to become effective. Please read our Nasal Wash MedFact at http://www.nationaljewish.org/medfacts/nasal.html for more information about this technique. Share this information with your daughter
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.