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Cough with phlegm-chronic

Male, 67 yrs.
Illness: Frequent cough with phlegm. Suffering for many years.
It is irrespective of season, day and night times.
I rarely sleep well. I wake up with congestion, but could not resume sleep for a long time.
I am a strict vegetarian. I could feel phlegm immediately after taking any milk product. I restrict my coffee intake to just one cup in the morning on waking up.
I had constipation problem for a long time, it is not any more.
Earlier I experienced wheezing when coughed, but now rarely I get wheezing, only chest congestion and cough continues.
Occasionally I feel acute shortness of breath without any presence of phlegm, compelling me to rush to emergency medical help.
I have no heart problem, Angio done; clear, no blockage. Xray shows TB negative.

Current Medication: I take Ant Tart 200 or Caust 200; Phlegm comes out immediately with relief in cough. But the problem continues for years.
Usually, phlegm used to be white or greyish, but of late, it is yellowish or greenish.
I request experts in the forum to kindly suggest me suitable remedy including any suggestion on food habits (south indian). My thanks in advance.
  arulpra on 2015-01-29
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Have you ever tried stopping
milk and cheese for a
time ( say 2 weeks )

Dairy allergies create mucous. They also create
hidden inflammation that can go on for a couple weeks
after just having milk once.

The shortness of breath can come from just a tiny
bit of mucous stuck in the bronchial tubes that you
won't even feel it is in there ( so no need to cough) Also you can have
the shortness of breath if you are too acidic and
having reflux ( you may not feel any indigestion or
burning or food in the esophagus.) you will just feel
really tight around the breast bone area and that you
can't get a good breath.

This above can be from things like having chocolate
every day , too much acidic food, too much sugar.
[message edited by simone717 on Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:57:10 GMT]
simone717 5 years ago
First of all, please stop self prescribing homeopathic remedies.

Please list here your routine regarding meals, exercise, sleep and your job.
fitness 5 years ago
Hi fitness,
Many thanks for your prompt response.
My routines:
1.Wake up 7 am.
2.Drink a glass of warm water
3.Do few lung stretching exercises, Pranayam. Forward bending in sitting position-10times.
4.Walking 20 to 30 mts.I could not walk more time as my breathing becomes difficult beyond this point.
5. Break fast-
Idli or Dosa or uppuma with cocanut chutney or chilly chutney. One day in a week, Whole wheat bread with vegetables and no cheese.
6.Shopping or banking works for 1 hour.
7.Lunch at 2pm - White boiled rice, sambar, rasam,veg porial or koottu, complete with one spoon of curd diluted with water.
8.Evening 5pm- Generally Sukku coffee in water, occasionally tea with milk.
9.View TV 1 hr.
10.Dinner at 9pm - Rice with rasam, no butter milk.
11.Go to sleep around 11pm.
I wake up around 1am with cough. I take Ant Tart200 one dose, phlegm comes out. I could go back to sleep only after 1 hour or more.
12.Generally I prefer drinking warm water, spicy food, medium salt.

13.Allopathic medications: I take Diabetic tablet after meals.
I take inhaler Seroflow, morning and evening for controlling or preventing asthma attack, though it is not much of use of late. I am experiencing shortness of breath almost 24 hours.
14. Work: I am a Chemical engineer retired in 2001.Worked in Ammonia, urea manufacturing factory for 15 yrs till yr 1987. My wheezing problems started first during the first few yrs. of working in factory. I look forward to have your views.
arulpra 5 years ago
Hello, Shri simone717,
Thanks for your response. Yes I have gone completely without milk for a week, may be 2 years before, with much reduced phlegm issues.
arulpra 5 years ago
Some of the known phlegm producers are: Rice, Green peas, Dairy, lentils & Capsicum etc.

One of the best known phlegm reducer is black chick pea or its flour.

When was the last time you did a complete medical check up including blood test for CBC, sugar & BP.

What is your fasting sugar & HbA1C.
fitness 5 years ago
hi fitness,
cbc done on 7.8.2014.
haemoglobin 15.1g/dl
rbc count 4.98million/cu.mm
pcv 43.2%
total wbc count 7900
polymorphs 72%
lymphocytes 25%
eosinophills 03%
monocytes 00%
basophils 00%
b sugar:28/6/2014
ff 144
pp 152
creatinine 1.2
hba1c 6.3%
bp 126/81 (dt. 28/12/2014)
hope the info.is suffice.
should i stop rice altogether. if so alternative?
please advise. thanks.
arulpra 5 years ago
I can try to find a suitable remedy for you if you can answer the below applicable questions. Before doing that, please check my profile by clicking my username to know something about me first.

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fitness 5 years ago

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