Any ideas on persistent cough that lasts for several years?

Loved one has dry hacking cough. All day everyday. Been happening for many YEARS. I recently learned that her sister and a few other family members have the same issue. I truly want to help. What can this possibly be? She is not on any meds.

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Jamie Ferrell
By Jamie Ferrell
940 - Ambassador
10 months ago

I was once told by a doctor that chronic coughs can be caused by reflux. Try taking an antacid?

Jamie Ferrell
By Jamie Ferrell
940 - Ambassador
10 months ago

I was once told by a doctor that chronic coughs can be caused by reflux. Try taking an antacid?

Jamie Ferrell
By Jamie Ferrell
940 - Ambassador
10 months ago

I was once told by a doctor that chronic coughs can be caused by reflux. Try taking an antacid?

Mara Landis
By Mara Landis
1330 - Community Leader
1 year ago

Someone just posted this possibility. I hope it helps! Also try rubbing your ear lobe. It works for simple coughs but not sure about a chronic cough. Wishing you relief!!

Heidi Sloane
By Heidi Sloane
1030 - Community Leader
1 year ago

That sounds frustrating.... When I have a stubborn cough, drinking hot water with lemon, cayenne powder and a little bit of honey helps –– breaking mucus up and soothing my throat at the same time. (Though if their cough is lasting years it may be a more chronic issue than the coughs I've had... but trying the lemon-cayenne drink shouldn't do any harm. Worth a try?)