I'm sure you are aware of how annoying a chronic cough can be, especially at the moment worrying that everyone thinks you have covid 19! Once the GP and specialists have excluded anything more sinister, it may become apparent that the cough has no functional value and has in fact become a habit.
The more you cough, the more you cough!
Continuous coughing irritates the airways which then become more sensitive. The airways then may react to mucous, deep breathing, cold air and even some smells. This intensifies the sensation to cough and it is tricky to break the cycle.
So what can you do?
sip, swallow and suppress is the key to managing a chronic cough. Don't let the cough happen.
1. sip on water
2. swallow hard
3. distract yourself, breathe and wait for the feeling to subside