Dr Oz: Chronic Cough Diagnosis
What can your cough tell you about your health? Dr Oz helped to explain why you should pay attention to the body’s natural clues and cues. Learn whether that constant cough could be Silent Mucus or Silent Reflux, and what to do about it.
One woman’s friend captured her chronic cough on camera. Throughout the day, no matter what she does, her cough is a constant companion. She is just as annoyed with the cough as her friends and family. Paula, who turned Vanessa in, is tired of hearing her friend cough.
Vanessa said she has been having this cough for two years, and has ruled out the most obvious causes, like lung problems and diseases. But Dr Oz had two cough culprits to consider.
Dr Oz: Silent Mucus
Have you heard of Silent Mucus? It can be caused by all sorts of things, including Postnasal Drip. You might not know you have it at all, except for the fact that you have a cough. Mucus can irritate the throat, which is what makes you cough.
However, mucus might not be getting fully cleared off, accumulating in the throat, which is irritated because of your frequent coughing. This vicious cycle is one of the reasons why people get stuck with long-lasting coughs.
Dr Oz: Peppermint Steam Remedy
Dairy can cause mucus, so try skipping it for a week to see if it helps the cough. Or try a Peppermint Steam. Put five drops of Peppermint Oil into two cups of boiling water. Cover your head with a towel and breathe in over the water.
The peppermint treatment will open the airways, and Dr Oz recommended it as a soothing remedy for multiple conditions.
Dr Oz: Silent Reflux
Silent Reflux is a more serious possibility that requires medical intervention. Vanessa met a specialist who examined her onstage. Dr Moshe Ephrat was looking for signs of acid reflux, which can sometimes cause this chronic cough, even without other symptoms.
A lump in the throat, hoarseness, and intermittent clearing of the throat are also symptoms of this. We got a close, personal look at the inside of Vanessa’s nose and throat. It showed damage from acid that was bothering her and causing her cough.
Dr Ephrat said that she has an extreme case of Silent Reflux. Dr Oz said that she is definitely not alone. If this sounds like you, ask your doctor about it.
Dr Oz: Prevent Acid Reflux
- No food three hours before bedtime
- Avoid fried foods and carbonated beverages
- Drink Chamomile Tea