This is a difficult question to answer in a forum. There are several reasons for a cough to be associated with eating. The most common causes are related to an acid reflux from your stomach, which causes a temporary irritation and thus the cough. Another related reason is a reflex from your stomach and esophagus, which stimulates a cough. These symptoms do not sound like an infection. They also do not sound like the primary cause is related to your lungs. If this is a significant problem for you, I would suggest further evaluation, which should definitely include an evaluation of these possible causes.
As your symptoms seem related to eating & drinking, have you been evaluated for gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD) or other gastric problems? If your doctor can't help you, has he/she referred you to a gastroenterologist? Does it help when you eat smaller, more frequent meals? Does it help when you refrain from spicy foods? Does it help when you stay upright (not reclining) for at least two hours after your last meal or beverage?
Try keeping a daily diary of what things help your cough & what things make it worse (times of day, food & beverages consumed including quantity). It will be useful for discussion with your doc(s).
Try to find out what gastric medication you tried, quantity, dose & duration, as well dosing instructions, so you can share this info with anyone else who tries to work with you on this problem.
Best of luck!
Starion--thriving in HI
Hi! I have the excact same problem!! And this recipe works like a miracle: Crush an inch of ginger, or use half a tsp of already crushed ginger, mix the extract with 1 tsp honey. Swallow! Hope this works for you as well as it does for me!
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