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Tickle in throat makes me cough and choke
At least once or twice a week the smallest thing, like drinking water, or soda, or even taking in a breath, will trigger a tickle in my throat which sends me into a coughing fit until my eyes water and usually end with sneezing.  It's very embarrasing at a restaurant and out in public. What's causing it?
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It's amazing to hear that others have my symptoms.  I have been suffering for 3 months.  I was diagnosed with bronchitis and prescribed hydrocodone and levaquin.  Then I was prescribed an albuterol inhaler and Tussinex.  Finally, I had to go to urgent care after severe episodes of the tickle in the throat, followed by a hacking cough that left me gasping for air and choking, sometimes vomitting if had food on my stomach.  After these episodes I have to belch several times to release the pressure from my chest.  Believe me this is very embarrassing in public.  First people think your dying and I can't respond because I lose my voice as I'm gasping for air.  Then I  belch uncontrollably.  Anyhow, urgent care prescribed me another round of antibiotics, allegra,  and prednisone.  I followed up with my pcp who added singulair.  I still have the tickle and hacking cough episode along with deprivation of oxygen.  I'm scheduled to see a pulmonologist this Friday.  The only diagnosis that relates to these symptoms is whooping cough.  According to my research it's resurfacing.  They say that the vaccination can wear off around age elven.  It's possible b/c the mumps have made a comeback.  It sure would be interesting to see if this is the problem that so many of us have since it's highly contagious and is beginning to spread. One more thing my chest X-ray was normal.
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I forgot to mention that when my throat itches really bad, it radiates out to my chin.

Does anyone get it so bad that this happens?
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hi again :), I posted a few weeks ago, 2 nights ago I was at work and I was laughing and out of no where i felt like I just started to choke on nothing, and every time it happens I get so scared I can't think straight for the rest of the night, and sometimes I just want to cry.  I feel like it is so serious, and my throat just doesn't feel like a normal throat should.  I'm glad i'm not the only one in the world with these symptons, but I get scared I'm going to die from it one day.  I don't know. Sorry if it seems like I am taking it to seriously, but I just wish I didn't have this unknown thing in my throat.  I am going to go to the doctor about it soon, but I feel like they won't know what it is.  argh, i just want it to be gone, I always feel like I have to be carefull how I breath or swallow so I don't choke on nothing.  :(  Its terrifying.  Does anyone feel this way about it?
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I've posted in another thread. But there is definitely something going around. For I too have had this horrible itchy cough accompanied (sometimes) by an inflamed throat that comes and goes. The itchy coughing is especially present at night or when it's getting be evening around 5 pm.

The docs keep prescribing medication that won't really help. But I hope someone figures out what the hell is going on becuase I'm heading into my second month of misery.

To top it off, I've caught a second cold and have a recurrence of my second cold sore this year. It's big and ugly.

I cough up clear and colored phlegm. The left side of my diaphram hurts and sometimes I cough so hard that it's uncontrollable. As embarassing as it may be, the coughing gets so bad that it would trigger me to pee ( a squirt each time a hard cough occurs). ugh!!

I'm only in my early 30's and it seems like my problems are just getting worse by the day.

I will definitely come back to post if I have any helpful hints because I feel your pain. It's feels better to know others have the same condition and maybe one of us will find something to help the rest of us get rid of this coughing epidemic.

Good luck all.
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I went to the pulmonologists yesterday,  she says that she noticed clear fluid in the back of my throat that was dripping.  She showed me a chart of the mouth, larnyx and chest.  She said that I have a sinus infection that does not present like other infections, meaning there's no fever or headachs.  She says that there's a drip and it drips on my larnyx and causes a spasm which is the cough and then causes my larnyx to freeze up, which leads to the choking, crying and lost of voice.  She says that there is an irritant in my throat that causes the spasm and coughing.  She says that the irritant may be due to acid reflux also the vomitting doesn't help b/c the acid comes back up from my stomach.  She's putting me on a nasal spray, chlotremetine and nexium.  She still wants me to do a blood test to rule out Whooping cough.  I have to get a CT scan to see the severity of the sinus infection.  If it's severe she's going to put me on antibiotics for 6weeks.  She said that I will not have total relief until a month from now.  She wanted to warn me that this will not get better over night. She said that if I don't respond to this treatment, she's going to relook at asthma and refer me to a speech therapist to help me learn how to relax my vocal cords.  The one thing that she adivse me to do is relax when I cough so that I do not tense up and my cords spasm and shut off my breathing.
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I've been having the same problem. In early March, I was diagnosed with bronchitis. The illness went away after 7-10 days, but ever since I've had this tickle that sends me into coughing fits where I sometimes actually do pass out. This is called "cough syncope" or "tussive syncope." I understood pretty quickly that driving a car with this condition was potentially very dangerous. One night - very late - driving home in the slow lane on an empty highway at 50 mph, I started coughing. The next thing I know, I'm hearing the "flop-flop" of a flat tire, and I'm in the fast lane. Long story short, it seems I passed out, veered to the right, bounced off a guardrail, went across the highway and nicked the center divider. A few days later I went to the scene of the accident and discovered there were very few stretches of guardrail on that highway. I could just have easily hit a utility pole or .. If there had been other cars on the road ... In other words, I came within a few feet of being killed. I have since discovered that long-distance truck drivers have to be tested for cough syncope, and cannot drive if they have it. Also, there are some states where a physician is required by law to inform Motor Vehicles if their patient has been diagnosed with syncope. I was only unconscious for 2 or 3 seconds, but that is quite enough time to lose control of your car and be killed - possibly taking someone else with you. Coughing/fainting is potentially deadly. PLEASE BE CAREFUL.
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I've had a tickle in my throat for three years.  It's highly annoying and strikes when it feels like it.  I've found that in the area where my tonsils used to be on each side of my throat there is a bump about the size of a small pea.  With a flashlight I've also found a tiny bump above my uvula.  Each of these bumps takes it's turn and I never know which it will be.  I've seen an ENT who gave me Nexium (actually worked great for my stomach)and Nasonex.  Then he said if neither worked it was probably my blood pressure medication (I had the tickle long before I was on blood pressure meds).  As you probably know neither worked.  My PCP put me on Clairnex which seemed to help the first week, but only during the day not at night.  The second week it stopped working.  Over three years I've gone through bottles and bottles of Chloraseptic trying to numb the area.  Only temporary....very temporary relief.  Just the other night I was ready to take a dental pick to these annoying bumps when I thought about using Anbesol.  It's amazing it actually worked.  I can finally get some sleep.  Now if you decide to use this you have to have control over the gag reflex. Over three years of putting my finger over the bumps to try to stop air from coming in contact so I could stop coughing I've overcome that problem. You have to be able to put your finger slowly and gently onto the tickle area and apply the Anbesol. The only problem is doing that in public when the tickle strikes...I haven't gotten the nerve yet but with the possiblity of Jury Duty coming soon I just might have to.  I hope this helps someone here.  At least I know I'm not alone with this problem.
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You may also want to see my really long post on the main menu page.  You can control-F and search for my ID, smichael81.
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Hi, Im in the UK in London and I may have something similar. It happens after a night of excess, a stressful day with lots of talking and often when its quite a polluted day. I get a tickly throat, its like there is a small nodule at the back of my throat.

The tickle gets stronger and I start to cough. This leads to more coughing, as it goes on my breathing get shallower and shallower.  This is like someone has a box around my lungs and the box gets smaller and smaller so by the end I hardly draw any breath at all.

The first time it happened by the end I had such small breath I did think I would pass out (this happened a year ago on Clapham Common station, the largest and dirtiest in London). Luckily I used to Scuba dive and am use to controlling my breathing so by slowing my breathing it came back to normal.

Anyway, the breathing problem seems to be hyper ventilation and I now get around it by rebreathing my own air. Breathing through a paper bag is best, I just breath into my cupped hand, slowly. I now know the signs, the tickly throat, so I start this re-breathing before the coughing starts.

It just happened, hence the search and finding this thread. It only happens occassionally (may every two months in summer). My eyes water and I cant talk but generally no-one notices now.

May differ from you guys but it may help. And yes the first time is is very scary, visions of dying with only commuters around you is the ultimate inhumane death.

ps Ive move to the country where it never happens but work in London three days a week, hence today.
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I have had chronic cough for about 5 months- started after severe respitory illness in November with fever, sore throat etc.The cough was only relieved at night with vicodin after I pulled the connective tissue away from my ribs- I eventually got better then got a mild sore throat/cold in March and the chronic cough won't go away- have tried everything; am on nexium and flonase and allegra; just had a pulminary function test which showed mild obstructive ventilatory defect- did not improve with bronchodilator- my throat is so irritated and I feel like it's a cycle- now my doctor is trying 10 days of prednisone, hopefully will knock it out of me- I'm seeing an allergist in 2 weeks- I have mild sleep apnea- coughing worse if I lay on my back to sleep- I feel phlemn in back of my throat- could this be asthma or allergies- hopefully nothing serious- any comments would be appreciated. thank you, challis
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Hi everyone.  I posted a while back.  Me thinks that some of the syptoms on this board are for different diseases.  If you were experiencing the syptomms I had above, I was officially diagnosed with Whooping Cough.  It sucks, I know.  There's isn't a cure for it, so it's one giant waiting game.  The usual minimum is 7 weeks, but it can last up to two years or more with severe cases.  Sometimes it doesn't go away completely. For example, if you are sick in 10 years (flu, cold etc) you might see a resurgance of the cough.

Nexium wasn't very helpful, but there are some prescribed (and rather expensive mind you) cough medicines you can take at night to help you sleep better.  

As for me, the cough is going away very slowly.  The fits aren't as intense anymore, but every now and then it'll come back in full force.

If you have it right now and it's in it's infancy (0-3 months) stay away from anyone who might be sick.  Your immune system is shot and therefore you can easily pick up whatever is around.  I picked up Norwalk for a week and lemme tell ya, not pretty.  

I know this doesn't help too much in terms of a cure, but at least it'll help you become aware of what you might have.

In other news, I think some of the people on this site are suffering from post nasal drip.  Again, not easily cured (it can be done surgically) but look that up to see it that's causing the choking.
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Hi everyone,
I may have some helpful information for some of you whom, like myself, suffer from this strange "tickly-itchy" cough, that seems to come out of nowhere and oftens leaves us embarassed and humiliated when it occurs in a public place.  I am also certain that I can speak for some women out there with this problem; we not only are embarassed, humiliated, sweating, and exhausted, we also have stress incontinence associated with this hard and dry hacking cough.

I am a heart patient and take several medications.  One of those meds is Zestril(lisinopril), an ACE Inhibitor. The most common side effect of this class of drugs is cough. Unfortunately, if you are are on an ACE Inhibitor, you most likely have either suffered a heart attack or have heart failure.  

My cough did not start until about 3 weeks after starting on Zestril.  At the time, I was also having an upper respiratory infection so the cough was also a symptom of that.  The cough cleared up for a time, but has since returned.  I cough my dang head off sometimes 8 or 10 times a day.  It is very frustrating and I am so tired of 1)sweating like a horse, 2) tossing my lunch, 3)having to flee from the grocery store because I might throw up from the fit, and 4)worst of all, having to wear Depends pads because my bladder simply can't take the pressure. Also, I am never awakened at night by the cough.  It seems to happen only during the day. People stare at me and ask if they should call the paramedics because I look terrible during the fits, and my kids freak out and think I might drop dead or something.

In my research, I have learned that steroid inhalers such as Cromolyn have been found to greatly reduce the cough, and may even totally eliminate it.(If it's related to the ACE Inhibitor).
I have an appointment with my PCP next week and I am going to discuss this with her.  

Check your meds, and talk with your doctor.  There may be help for some of you.  Good luck!
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I can't believe I found this site.

I searched my syptoms because they are driving me CRAZY and yes there seems to be a few different issues here but plenty of folks with my same syptoms.

I think I fall into the sinus-drainage-causes-violent-obnoxious-coughing catagory.

One thing I wanted to tell folks though.

I started getting very sick last friday, um I think thats March 12 and took a product called Wellness Formula that I buy from the Whole Foods Market. I bought it because it contains all of the immune building herbds and supplements that are in my cupboard.

Taking three every three hours kept me able to go to work although I could tell I would have been in big trouble without it.

Now I"m left wtih this nasty, suprise coughing attack thingy.

Beta carotene turns into vitamin A in your body, I'm taking mega doses (briefly) fo that and it seems to be schooling the cough a bit because I was getting wheezy.

There really are no other symptoms, I can tell I have clear drainage down the back of my throat.

Its driving me freaking crazy!! I'm going to try the hanging up side down trick. Heck, I'd do just about anything right now.

Hope you all find some peace and quiet from this nasty thing
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I found a remedy on the internet that seems to be pretty good. I will put it out there tomorrow, I left it at work.
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I found a remedy on the internet that seems to be pretty good. I will put it out there tomorrow, I left it at work.
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I had bronchitis a month ago, along with an uncontrolable cough, just yesterday the coughing has returned. It's pretty embarrasing to cough like this, and your bladder becomes weak. I have tried the mucinex, its not bad for an over the counter. However, I am still coughing.
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I too have the same problem.  I have tried everything. Slippery elm lozenges work well on the sore throat that results after the constant coughing and throat clearing. I also use crystalized ginger or just chew raw ginger to try to stop the coughing.

Please let me know what else I can try.  

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Oh my goodness!  Finally a group of people who suffer the same as I have been doing for years now.  My cough began back in 1998 and persists still!  I have been to allergists, had all kinds of lung tests including a scoping. Even been to University of Michigan hospital and met with specialists there. NOTHING!

The only thing that works for me is prednisone.  My doctor will put me on this steriod for about two weeks gradually reducing the dosage till the meds are gone.  This treatment will last anywhere from one month to four.  Drawback is my doctor will only give me prednisone about four times a year.  She doesn't like the side effects of steriods.

Sometimes an episode will be triggered after having a cold or flu.

My doctor thinks it is some kind of inflamation perhaps caused by an environmental allergy.

Have any of you tried prednisone or other steriods?
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sounds like what some people have been talking about may either be LPR/acid reflux, or else a hiatal hernia.
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Hi there,
i was just searching the web for some information and came across this forum.
I have been suffering for the past year with the weirdest symptoms.
I feel like I cant breath when I eat also have an extremely dry throat and I keep getting what can only be described as a little cut in the centre of my tongue.Also i waqs taking  what can only be described as 'spasms' in my throat, so I have been avoiding any food that may aggravate it (which seems to be evrything)
Last year the doctor thought it may be reflux and gave me Nexium tabs, but they just dried out my system even more.

I am constantly gasping for air even though I have a reliever inhaler, it doesnt help.
It got so bad that I was taking complan and baby food as I really just could not get food down (I was choking on it everytime i tried)
3 weeks ago all my tests from the hospital came back clear although my syptoms are as bad as ever.
I am still finding it hard to swallow or drink for that matter.
I cant even go out for a night on the tiles bacause I cant take an alcoholic drink(It makes it sooo much  worse)

Guys can anyone help me? I am truly at my wits end with this?
S from Ireland
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February, 2006, I had a small headache and thought nothing of it.  During that period of time, I had to fly and the pressure of the plane cause excruciating head pain.  My right side of my face was numb for three days.  Afterwards, I developed a sinus infection and a cough followed.  My Dr. gave me amoxicillan (I believe) and all my symptoms left with the exception of an occasional cough.  I called the Dr. asking for more meds and they prescribed cough sirum.  For the last four months, this cough refuses to leave.  The Dr. has now called it chronic.  We have tried another antibiotic and although it has helped, the cough remains.  The Dr. has just prescribed for me meds for acid reflux, an inhaler, and allegra.  I am to see her in two months when I have my annual physical.  If my cough does not go away, she recommends an x-ray.  My last appointment with her indicated a "dry" nose, meaning no discharge, and my lungs are clear.  I do blow my nose after I have coughed a bit, but that could be the result of the cough?  I am not a smoker and I exercise daily.  My cough feels almost like an attack on my throat.  It is more severe at night.  I believe changes in my environment affect it.  I will try some of your solutions.  I like the idea of breathing through my throat when I feel an attack is about to happen and drinking a bit of salt water.  I have also scheduled an appointment with an ENT to get a second opinion.  It is good to hear from others as not knowing can be a bit frightening.  I will let you know what the ENT says.
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Add me to the list of sufferers of the "coughing attack" that I call more accurately "choking attack".  The cough is really a result of the throat just closing up for whatever reason and we cough till the attack passes.  Really takes serious concentration to not end up gagging and tossing. The attacks usually follow a cold and last for a few weeks. Then I have a break for a few months til the next one. It's so fast and instant it is really scarey and embarrassing, I have to warn someone I'm on the phone with that I might just have to hang up in midconversation and call them back.  I came on this site when I was looking for the possibility of there being a pressure point that could be used when the attack begins.  Need something to stop it before it gets full blown.  I will keep searching and pass on any info I find.
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I was amazed and gratified to find this web site.  I believe I fall into the category of having a respiratory infection or cold that triggers violent coughing. The first time it happened was last year, while I was suffering from a respiratory infection, I ended up in the emergency room with what the doctor called
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Hallelujah!  I am not alone suffering with this chronic mystery cough!!  For years,  I have endured and coped with almost all of the aggravating coughing symptoms described on this website. It was such a relief to learn that I am not some sort of medical "freak".


First,out of the blue comes the piercing tingle/sting in my throat; it strikes without warning,any old time it wants to.  Next, the coughing begins, and simultaneously I lose my voice, my nose begins to run and my eyes begin to water.  When the "sting/tingle" subsides, I get this "string" of phlemn down the back of my throat that I now have to try to clear out--over and over  and over again. It's CRAZY! The doctors have no clue as to why this happens. I go through this aggravating, frustrating torment every day and also through the night. Sometimes I am so frustrated I just cry like a baby.  Medical technology  can transplant a new heart into a person, but there's no solution to a simple chronic coughing problem.  The only thing that gets me through these episodes is to use Chloroseptic Throat Spray. I've used it so much, I should own stock in the company.  I's the only thing I've found that gets down far enough in my throat to kind-of numb the tingle.  It's only temporary relief, but it's better than nothing.

Besides the physical distress this problem causes, the emotional  distress is almost as bad.  I have almost become a recluse because I'm afraid of having one of these "attacks" if I'm out in a social setting. I would be so embarrassed, and other people would be frightened to death watching me. If anyone out there gets a true diagnosis, I hope you will share it with all of us fellow sufferers.  If I find a cure from some doctor, or even a medication to help"manage" this problem, I'll be sure to share it with all of you.
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Cough is a natural process of a normal person but i knw it is bad to cough all the time.If we analyze it logically it is not a severe problem but it is a natural process to through out phlegm from ur lungs, becuz it is a natural process u have to deal with natural medicines to recover urself 4rm this problem:
1- have a spoon of honey everyday.
2- take direct water steams from ur nose atleast 3 times in a day and remember always cover ur head with some cloth or towel to get full benefit.
3- make urself confident when u eat something to avoid choking, becuz without confidence u can't do anything in this world.
4-focus on food that u r having everyday to avoid coughing.
5- always make urself happy when u have some food to eat.
6- daily brush ur teeth and the center of ur tongue.
Inshallah u will feel a great cure and recovery in ur body...
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