Respiratory Therapist/persistent cough


Hello, Larry W. Wical,

I have the following case:

I suffer from a persistent cough. I mostly cough when I talk (not when I am quiet) and it's been there for a while (more than 3 months).

The cough is dry and I don't not have phlegm or any other fluids coming out of my throat.

To cure this illness I eat raw honey (a table spoon) and try to drink lots of water, but the cough does not go away.

What type of cough is this? why is it still so persistent and what should I do to stop it?

Thank you

Hi Jake,

Thank you trusting me with your person medical concerns today. While I am not a physician and cannot make anything resembling a disagnosis, I can at least give you some advice.  My first instinct is it sounds like some form of allergy. Do you have any seasonal or environmental allergies? I know I personally have a dry, hacking cough during allergy season. Honey and hydration are great first-line defenses, but I would check with your physician to see if there is anything else you can be doing to get relief.

Best of health to you,

Larry W, BA-RRT

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Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT, RCP) since 2005. I have worked primarily in the acute care, critical care, burn care and home care settings.

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- B.A. in Communication (1997) - A.A.S. in Respiratory Science (2005) - RRT license (state of OH, KY and IN) - Basic Life Saving (BLS) - Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) - Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS)

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