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The Neck Cough: "Coughing Begets Coughing"

Having eliminated the ACE inhibitors, we now move on to common causes of the neck cough which include post viral illness, allergic rhinitis and hayfever, stomach reflux and heartburn, swallowing problems, and prolonged chest coughing.

Helpful clues to distinguish the type of neck cough you have will be important as we go along. For example if the cough has been present for less than six weeks usually one cause is likely. A cough lasting for months usually has several causes. Coughing may occur more frequently at night or day depending on certain conditions. Some people are more at risk for prolonged coughing with smoking, passive cigarette exposure as a child, or a family history of allergic problems. People who have neck cough tend to grind their vocal cords or clear their throat of apparent mucus or tickle. Finally, an untreated cough begets more coughing which is labelled a "habtual" cough.

If you have thought about the clues please answer one of the following statements which seems most true of your cough.

When do you cough?