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When my husband was in his 40s, he caught a cold, complete with a nasty cough, and hacked his way through several weeks. After about two months, we realized the cold was long gone but the cough was like the "Energizer Bunny." It just kept going and going and going. Finally, we got going…to the doctor to find out what was up.
Turns out his blood pressure medication was the culprit. Who knew?!?!?!?! Learning that was definitely good news for us and easy for the doctor to adjust and fix. Since many of us in the Sandwich Generation are caring for elderly seniors, or spouses, dealing with this medication, it's a good reminder to all of us that this is a possibility.
I was reminded of all this while reading Woman's World Weekly earlier this fall and enjoying their recipes and useful tips. Additionally I learned that impacted ear wax in your ear can also be the cause of prolonged coughing. Very interesting! Not only that, though. According to CNN Health, other causes of prolonged coughing can include tobacco use, postnasal drip, asthma and acid reflux.
Any way you look at it, if you or an aging parent are dealing with a cough that just won't quit, it's definitely wise to pay a visit to your doctor. And be sure to ask them to check the ears and the blood pressure medications. The last thing we in the Sandwich Generation need, with all the other multigenerational issues we are juggling, is a nasty cough that doesn't know when to quit (not to mention ears clogged with wax that keep us from hearing well). 🙂