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Coughing

I cough constantly, with lots of phlegm. Driving my husband nuts. Need suggestions on hold to reduce or control coughing.

  1. I coughed and coughed and ended my smoking may day 1996 so I know that I never coughed like this since I smoked and remembered every morning I coughed for 20-30 minutes to clear my lungs.I called my Dr. and he told me to go to hospital but I hate that place,He has me on 2 liters o2 as needed and albuterol nebulizer every 6 hours and Breztri inhaler every 12hrs. with rescue inhaler as needed. With breathing exercises I am armed pretty well armed for my end stage 4 copd. I also have a pulse oximeter and my blood 02 would drop from 98 to 88 just walking w/o o2 ten feet. I got some nyquil nigh time col medicine and took a dose put my o2 on and when I woke up 6 hours later I coughed up 5 minutes and am feeling so much better.I am off o2 and can walk that around my house w/o o2 . I recommend asking you Dr. cause that stuff does have alcohol. What is gross is I have not seen brown spewtum like I just coughed out since I smoked.Is it possible my air sacs are improving? Good luck Lynns!

    1. Thank you!

    2. I'd be very curious to hear what your healthcare team thinks regarding the brown sputum. Thank you for sharing a part of your journey with us and have a wonderful rest of your day 😀 - John M. (COPD.net Team)

  2. I understand your frustration. My doctor put me on meds with the nebulizer.
    You should check with your doctor and see what he/she would recommend for you. He could maybe write you a prescription for prescribed medication. There is also over the counter medications. Do talk to your pharmacist to make sure that what you might choose is compatible with your regular medications.
    Drinking water is so important. I hope that you are able to cough that phlegm out.

    Here is a link that's very good. It discusses how to cough, and more. Please let us know how you are doing.
    https://copd.net/clinical/coughing-for-better-breathing

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    2. Thank you. The link was very helpful.

  3. Oh, that can be so frustrating! Of course, there are so many reasons you could be coughing, especially with COPD. However, you may want to think about a couple of things.
    1. Staying hydrated. It's so important to drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated. It will help thin the mucous, which in turn will help the cough.
    2. Control allergens. That may seem like an obvious thing to point out. But, having COPD can make you especially sensitive to allergens in the air, even if you weren't in the past. This can cause irritation in the airways and coughing.
    3. Take your medication. Making sure you keep up with your medications as you should will decrease the chances of a coughing fit caused by you airways tightening, causing restriction that can cause coughing.
    4. Don't smoke. That's another obvious one and hopefully one you don't have to worry about. However, remember second-hand smoke can be every bit as irritating.


    Those were just a few things that came to mind immediately. I'll think a little more about it and if I come up with anything else, I'll let you know.


    Best,
    Lyn (COPD site moderator)

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