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Chronic Cough For 4 Years !?

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I am 21 years old and i've had a chronic cough for 4 years. I tend to cough up lots of stringy mucus usualy white, & every once in a while after I cough a lot, there's a hint of blood in the mix. I've also had sinus infections as well as bronchitus for which the doctors perscribed meds and the sinus infection/bronchitus seemed to go away but the cough with mucus was still present.

The doctors don't really seem to know much more about it than I do. I've been tested for allergies and the results came out that I wasn't allergic to anything. I've also been tested for: tb, anemia, had my thyroid checked, my lungs x-rayed, and for a while they suspected coughing asthma so tried a number of meds for that. None of it works to the point where my cough goes away. After all that, I did some research of my own and thought I might have whooping cough. Although I don't really have a "whoop" sound in my cough it's a hard thing to judge. My search results
came up with information saying that whooping cough (also known as
bordetella pertussis) did not always consist of the classic "whoop" sound for which it is so well known for. I also found information stating that the only medicine that works for whooping cough is erythromycin (estolate form, such as ilosone) which must be administered for no less than 14 days. And that testing for it can result in a false negative for a number of reasons.
My sister also had whooping cough when she was about 2 and a half years old (which for someone so young can often be potentially fatal). My mom had to go to the doctor a number of times, and finally the doctors gave ilosone at my mother's request. Even then, it was hard for her to get a perscription for 14 days worth but she eventually did. My sister's cough did finally go away after that. And some years later, my mom found out that there had in fact been an outbreak of whooping cough at the time of my sister's case of what my mom thought to be whooping cough.

It seems to be a very rare thing when a doctor actually finds a case of whooping cough, but apparently, reciently, there had also been a couple cases of whooping cough at my sister's school and outbreaks in a couple other states. Also, one of my mom's friends had had it and her doctor actually cought it and treated her.
So, with all this new information, I went to the doctor who had treated my mom's friend for whooping cough. I also mentioned my research results to which he told me that ilosone was much to strong of a drug for most people and he really didn't think I had whooping cough from what I sounded like. He tested me for it anyway, and a couple of the other things mentioned above. The results all came out negative.
The most recient consensis (a couple doctors agree on) is that I have acid reflux, for which, i've tried a number of meds as well: protonix, nexium, zyrtek, and now aciphex (double dosage). The general idea is that when acid comes of from my stomach, it gets caught in my larynx and agitates me to where I cough.

The cough seems to be most prominent at night and when I am exposed to heat or humidity. A lot of times when I have a coughing attack, I end up throwing up as well (thus the diagnosis for acid reflux) and although the current medication seems to work pretty well for the acid reflux, it still doesn't combat the cough well enough.
I am almost frantic to find a cure for whatever this is that's wrong with me. It disrupts my sleep and therefore my life. I reciently decided to try homeopathic meds, somewhat skeptical at first, but willing to try almost anything at this point and was truely amazed at how well they actually did work. It's not a cure yet, but it's something. Not to mention, they seem to have worked better than many of the other meds i've been on in the past. I really just want to be rid of this.

If anyone has any new ideas for me, I would be extreemly grateful!


Thanks~
& you can just call me "cough-y girl" for now

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replied October 13th, 2005
Chronic Cough Fpr 4 Years??
I feel your pain! I have had the same thing for 15 years! It is so embarassing to go out in public! I have strangers bringing me mints! I've gone to lots of doctors. They keep calling it vasomotor rhinitis. I think that is a name for they don't have a clue. If you have this, you aren't allergic but act that way. So, why doesn't anything work?? One person mentioned leaking gut syndrome but my doctor laughed at that-but it made good sense! Keep me posted!! :cry:
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replied November 19th, 2005
Newest Event In My Life:
Newest event in my life: I no longer have insurance. My whole family got turned down because of my cough. So now they're applying without me. I can't even afford to go to the doctor and i'm coughing stuff up constantly, sometimes even a little bit of blood (both bright red and dark red). Yet it's not tb cause they tested me for that already. :cry: and the mucus i'm coughing up is usually think and stringy and somewhat sticky. Sometimes it comes up my throat in a big glump (not comfortably). Why? Why is this happening? I just want to be well again. I want to be able to sing like I used to. I want a moment of peace, a moment of silence without having to hear myself cough. This is driving me crazy.

+ i've also developed weird bumps on my legs which seem to get bigger over the period of a month. I don't understand why they wern't there before unless I maybe somehow just didn't notice them, but I don't think that's the case. I asked a couple friends what they thought... One thought maybe hives... Another said no that it couldn't be hives because it's on the upper part of my shins (both legs)... Another said maybe something like cysts. I just don't get it. Am I maybe allergic to something? I have been a vegetarian for the past 4 years, but they tested me and i'm not anemic. Could this be related to my cough? Do I have something that no one's ever seen before? Why is it that every time i've been to a doctor in the past, they try me out on something different with no results!!? And every time I look up leg lumps I get something related to cancer. Not to mention a chronic cough with phlem is one of the first signs of cancer according to one of my sources. But then my friend's mom reassured me that it didn't look like cancer and that if it were cancer it would be a lot more swolen and in one spot and more pearly looking. And I mean I don't really think it is cancer. But then what is it? I don't know what to do anymore what to do let alone where I can actually get the answers I need. Help
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replied January 27th, 2006
Sarcoidosis
Http://www.Stopsarcoidosis.Org/sarcoidosis /symptoms.Htm I would check out that site....Sounds pretty close to what you describe.
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replied February 15th, 2006
Re: Chronic Cough For 4 Years !?
mustbeecreative wrote:
i am 21 years old and i've had a chronic cough for 4 years. I tend to cough up lots of stringy mucus usualy white, & every once in a while after I cough a lot, there's a hint of blood in the mix. I've also had sinus infections as well as bronchitus for which the doctors perscribed meds and the sinus infection/bronchitus seemed to go away but the cough with mucus was still present.


The doctors don't really seem to know much more about it than I do. I've been tested for allergies and the results came out that I wasn't allergic to anything. I've also been tested for: tb, anemia, had my thyroid checked, my lungs x-rayed, and for a while they suspected coughing asthma so tried a number of meds for that. None of it works to the point where my cough goes away. After all that, I did some research of my own and thought I might have whooping cough. Although I don't really have a "whoop" sound in my cough it's a hard thing to judge. My search results
came up with information saying that whooping cough (also known as
bordetella pertussis) did not always consist of the classic "whoop" sound for which it is so well known for. I also found information stating that the only medicine that works for whooping cough is erythromycin (estolate form, such as ilosone) which must be administered for no less than 14 days. And that testing for it can result in a false negative for a number of reasons.
My sister also had whooping cough when she was about 2 and a half years old (which for someone so young can often be potentially fatal). My mom had to go to the doctor a number of times, and finally the doctors gave ilosone at my mother's request. Even then, it was hard for her to get a perscription for 14 days worth but she eventually did. My sister's cough did finally go away after that. And some years later, my mom found out that there had in fact been an outbreak of whooping cough at the time of my sister's case of what my mom thought to be whooping cough.


It seems to be a very rare thing when a doctor actually finds a case of whooping cough, but apparently, reciently, there had also been a couple cases of whooping cough at my sister's school and outbreaks in a couple other states. Also, one of my mom's friends had had it and her doctor actually cought it and treated her.
So, with all this new information, I went to the doctor who had treated my mom's friend for whooping cough. I also mentioned my research results to which he told me that ilosone was much to strong of a drug for most people and he really didn't think I had whooping cough from what I sounded like. He tested me for it anyway, and a couple of the other things mentioned above. The results all came out negative.
The most recient consensis (a couple doctors agree on) is that I have acid reflux, for which, i've tried a number of meds as well: protonix, nexium, zyrtek, and now aciphex (double dosage). The general idea is that when acid comes of from my stomach, it gets caught in my larynx and agitates me to where I cough.


The cough seems to be most prominent at night and when I am exposed to heat or humidity. A lot of times when I have a coughing attack, I end up throwing up as well (thus the diagnosis for acid reflux) and although the current medication seems to work pretty well for the acid reflux, it still doesn't combat the cough well enough.
I am almost frantic to find a cure for whatever this is that's wrong with me. It disrupts my sleep and therefore my life. I reciently decided to try homeopathic meds, somewhat skeptical at first, but willing to try almost anything at this point and was truely amazed at how well they actually did work. It's not a cure yet, but it's something. Not to mention, they seem to have worked better than many of the other meds i've been on in the past. I really just want to be rid of this.


If anyone has any new ideas for me, I would be extreemly grateful!



Thanks~
& you can just call me "cough-y girl" for now

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replied February 15th, 2006
Coughing Up White Stringy Stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'am replying to your cough that you have had for 4 years!!!! How are you now? I sure hope you have found out what is really going on by now. The reason i'am saying this is because I started having a cough about 2 months now. I have been to doctors and even went to the hospital. They gave me a breathing treatment and said I have bronchitis with wheezing. I do smoke, but I never have had any breathing problems. I'am only 36 years old. I still don't have breathing problems. The cough on the other hand is driving me and my husband and son crazy. I can't quit coughing up this white stringy stuff. Sometimes I can cough and I have a creamy milky stuff come up. The cough is really bad at night and in the morning. The stuff comes up in hunks then. The cough during the day seems to be bad right after I get through eating. I get a bubbly feeling around my throat. It is a strange feeling and I can hear it. The thing I don't know for sure is that i'am having a bubbly sound going on or a rattling sound. I wonder if it has something to do with my stomach or throat. They have x-rayed my lungs and said they were clear. I really believe they don't know what is wrong with me. I sure hope I don't have this for 4 or more years. I think I will lose my mind. Please reply back and let me know if you have found out anything. Thanks!!!!!!!!
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replied January 18th, 2009
dry cough for 4 years
i'v had a dry cough for 4 years that keeps me up at night and drives my family crazy during the day. i do not cough up anything its just dry and very loud. it is also unberable i seem to cough mostly during the night and when i am cold or if i drink or eat something cold. i whent to my doctor and she told me it was asthma after a some tests then she gave me medicine but all the meds made my cough even worse so i dont think i have asthma. i also have very bad acid reflux which i dont know if that could be cause i am also vegetarian and ever since i became vegetarian i am very cold, my feet and hands are always cold and in general i am so cold all the time that i never seem to get worm. Somebody do something give me some answers i need help
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replied February 26th, 2009
Chronic Cough
I had this terrible chronic cough for almost a decade. After going through a nose operation the cough still persisted, and I lost my odour sense as well.
In year 2000 I decided to look for a cure by myself. I went for alternative medicine. After 4 years of hard research I believe I have for the solution, by whether it is the solution for all chronic coughs I am not sure. As for me I can breathe freely and smell and I don't cough any more.
If you are interested to know how I got rid of my cough please drop in a line.

Richard Kee
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replied June 9th, 2011
I am most interested in your remedy for my daughter who has had the cough for ober 12 months...it's driving her and her family nuts!! if you have a suggestion I would be so grateful. Clarabelle64
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replied October 2nd, 2011
need your solution
RIchard, I've had a chronic cough since 1988 and have had all sorts of unpleasant tests and treatments without results. Codeine helped but I turned out to be allergic to it. It definitely affects all aspects of my life and people always think I'm sick! Help!!!!
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replied December 23rd, 2011
Need Help for chronic cough
Hello Reikee: I need help with this same problem. I have tried ear nose and throat, lung doctor, acid reflux doctor, x-rays, and allergy test. No results and nothing found. Please help.
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replied November 19th, 2012
husband's chronic cough
My husband has had a chronic cough for years - it gets worse in the winter after he has a cold or in spring allergy season, but never goes away. He has coughing spells where he actually throws up. No help from doctors. Medicine has not helped. Ready to try natural remedies.
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replied January 12th, 2013
Hey man I'm desparately interested. I too have been searching alternative medicine for the cure. plz drop me a line if you could
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replied October 9th, 2013
I am searching alternative medicine for the cure. please drop me a line, thanks.
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replied February 27th, 2009
10 years or more
its so good, or maybe a bad thing (? ) to find others with the same symtoms. I've started to think I was a complete freak!
I've been back to GP today as its just ruining my day to day life, I dread going to the cinema, meetings, training etc.
I've had several things over the years, x rays, tubes up my nose, inhalers, sprays.
I've tried antihistamines for 2 months. I spent a fortune on some chinese herbs.
I'm considering hypnosis or acupuncture.

Today I've been given another nasal spray and have to go back in 4 weeks and then they will refer me to ent again if no better.

Richard, if you have a possible solution to offer your fellow sufferers why not post it on an open forum ? That would also help those who read this but may not want to become a member
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replied February 27th, 2009
Richard Kee,

Can you please tell me what your solution was. My mom has the same problem you had. She had nose surgery and is still coughing.

Sean
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replied March 17th, 2009
Chronic cough
I have had this condition for going on 12 years now. Not fun! Can't sing without coughing, I cough on the phone, if I have a great belly laugh I start coughing, if I feel stressed i start coughing. I cough up clear mucus and if the cough starts out dry I cough until something comes up. I have coughed so hard that I have pulled vertebrae out in my back.
I went to doctors,was tested for everything and told I didn't have any disease, told I have acid reflux but nothing works, told I have allergies but nothing works. I went to a pulminary specialist for 2 years and felt like a guinea pig for every drug or inhaler he wanted me to "try". So I stopped and am trying alternative ways but haven't found the answer.
If anyone has gone through this and found and answer I am all ears. My next try is to have my iron checked as I found some research that for some women with chronic coughs they were iron deficient. We'll see.
ss noslenod
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replied April 20th, 2009
in reply to caughing up whit stringy mystery mucus...
wow i have the same problem... this is freaky. i haven't gone to the docs.. but i find it interesting that most of you like to sing. i too sing/scream. im a vocalist... this may have to do with over use of our vocal chords... maybe we should see a vocal doc speacialist. i forgot what they are reffered as though. im a 24 male and i thought it may have came from me smoking too much. so i quit. i have a feeling its from our vocal choords.... =[
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replied April 24th, 2009
Atopic Cough
50 y.o. female started coughing when I was 13. It's always precipitated by simple headcolds which start me coughing for a month or more. Sooo embarrassing & debilitating-- turns me into a hermit crab. I probably spend 4 months out of every year coughing and once coughed nonstop for over a year! Nonproductive, like whooping cough, or with pnd. Advice I can give-- Call it atopic cough or cough asthma or extreme cough sensitivity but find a good pulmonologist. Yes, if you're a woman have your hemoglobin checked, sputum & blood eosinophils checked. Check for source of low-grade infection from the gums/teeth. I was negative on most allergy patch tests yet I'm highly allergic to latex, aspirin, sulfa meds & many grasses. With every headcold I must start a regimen of antibiotics, oral prednisone, 24hr antihistamine, nasal steroid & inhaled powdered steroid. I can't tolerate Advair due to heart palpitations. Astelin only marginally effective. I will continue the inhaled steroid indefinitely as recommended by recent Japanese research (google it!) to see if this prevents future cough attacks. Stay Well!
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replied May 19th, 2009
chronic cough
I am a 53 year old female and I have been coughing daily for probably 20 years. It is very embarrassing especially in public. It happens almost every time I take a first bite of something. It is almost like something covering my windpipe. This is no small cough. I sound like a very grown man coughing. I cough off and on all day and sometimes at night. The only relief I get at night is tussionex suspension cough medicine. MD's do not like to give it that often because it can be addictive . I have had sinus surgery. I have been diagnosed with coughing asthma, chronic sinusitus, reflux. Last time I had allergy test done they said I had no allergies. I take advair puffer, astelin nose spray and cough pearls daily and I continue coughing on a daily basis. I always joke I am going to die from coughing and aspirate while I am eating. Not a good joke but I do not know what else to do. It is very tiring to cough until you vomit. Keep us informed if anything new works
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replied August 8th, 2009
Chronic Cough since childhood
August 2009, I am a 42 year old male non-smoker and vegetarian for the last 10 years and I been coughing daily for probably 35 years. In general I am overly sensitive to light, noise, heat / cold, etc. I get acid reflux, and have a chronic cough accompanied by too much mucus which is produced in both my sinus and bronchial area. Right now I have a dry hacking cough. I also get minor outbreaks of Eczema - an itchy rash that is closely related to allergies. I have been proscribed inhalers, nasal sprays which have little or no effect.

I use a Netti pot once a day � you can goggle it and watch the YouTube videos. The Netti pot has reduced the need for antibiotics which I am forced to take to get rid of the cough. At one time I was taking antibiotics 4x a year to stop the cough. The Netti pot cut the need for antibiotics to less than once a year. I breath through my mouth 90% of the day and I think this perpetuates the problem to some extent.

I used an over the counter nasal spray to open my sinus and am making an effort keep my mouth closed and breath through my nose. Other than this I am very healthy. I took and passed the methacholine challenge - which is supposed to show if a person has asthma. So I don�t have asthma. I have to clear my throat and spit a lot. So much so my throat gets raw. I sometimes spit 100x a day.

My sense of smell and hearing are well above average. My sinus gets irritated easily leading to a minor sinus headache. I�ve lived in Connecticut and now San Diego for 9 years this has made no difference. Humidity and very cold air can be a trigger and in the evening is when I tend to get excess mucus production especially if working in the garage past 8pm. My mother and father both have sinus issues but my two brothers and sister don�t have the problems I do.

I believe the issue is the sinus and bronchial tubes are chronically inflamed because of irritants in the environment. This leads to excessive mucus production which increases the likely hood of sinus infections and bronchitis. I have minor gingivitis (gum disease) but even when I did not I still coughed.
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replied October 12th, 2009
I found a complete solution to my own chronic cough of 14 months after doctors could not find a solution. It's called MaxGXL. Do a search on lung function and glutathione and you'll find out why this was able to help me. I don't know if someone else would get the same results, but it took 16 days and I've never had a problem since. Email me if I can provide more info.
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replied November 6th, 2009
Chronic Post Nasal Drip coughs
Most coughs occur when mucus drains down the back of the throat, often called post nasal drip.
I used food grade hydrogen peroxide mixed with salt water in a neti pot to stop my violent chronic cough.

The recipe I used was 10 drops of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide, per cup of warmed salt water.

Do not use 3% HP that is used topically for cuts. The 3% stuff is not pure food grade for internal use, Food grade is hard to find but only 25 bucks a quart. It has many other health uses and is great as an oxygenating supplement in juice.

I think this method works because it kills the virus, or bacteria, that irritates the sinuses, which create mucus, that tickles the throat making you cough all night and half the day.

I felt immediate relief of pressure from this and started a couple day draining process. Repeat as necessary. DO NOT USE STRAIGHT hydrogen peroxide in your nose, you will fry your brains. Dilute well, give it time to work everything out. Do not over do it. The first application will put you in the driver's seat.

You can enhance the effect by deeply inhaling after the neti application, or just leaning your head back to use gravity to encourage flow up into the head. Or you could give a diluted mixture up your nose with an eyedropper. Be careful though. Have another neti pot handy to flush with if you make a dosage mistake.

Remember, your sinuses are dozens of tiny tunnels where bacteria hide. The mucus ends up encapsulating the bacteria, so this cleaning process can take some time. Even antibiotics find it hard to get at these insulated pockets of infection. Your medicine has to get up in there and kill the invaders without irritating further. Get those nasty invaders.
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replied June 17th, 2011
Ashma and cough
Hello All,

I was in the same boat as some of you for almost 2 years and my caugh just wasn't getting better. Being an Asian, we are aware of a lot of herbal treatments, but I never came across black seed oil until two months ago.

It's called black seed oil in USA and if you go to an indian shop or an arabic shop, it may called "kalanji oil". It is very cheap, I picked up a bottle for 7.50 and it almost lasted me a month. This is my second month and even though my caugh went away, i am still going by the prescription which is asking me to stay on it for 40 days and I will since i don't caugh at all and my allergies are even gone. I am no longer allergic to dust and pollen atleast up until now. But my caugh went away like a magic.

If you been caughing for years, Please do yourself a favor and try this cheap oil,it's a miracle.



Uses of Black Seed Oil

Allergies
Black Seed Oil acts as an antihistamine which helps to reduce the common symptoms of allergies (watery eyes, sneezing). Simply take half a teaspoon of oil twice a day when allergy symptoms begin to appear.


Flu and Fever
Black Seed Oil has been found to help reduce fever, by inducing perspiration which helps the body cool and stimulate the release of toxins. Take one teaspoon of Black Seed Oil once a day when flu/fever systems occur. Also be sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.


Boils and Carbuncles
Studies have shown that the anti-fungal properties of Black Seed Oil and its active component Thymoquinone help strengthen the immune system and cure many common skin infections including boils and carbuncles. Simply take half a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil twice daily (you can mix it into a hot or cold beverage). Good luck!

here is a nice link.
http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=167429 9





Cough and Asthma Relief (I take it before the breakfast and after the dinner) heard it works the best this way(shaan).
The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of Black Seed Oil help treat the symptoms of acute asthma and coughs by relaxing bronchial muscles. For asthma, mix a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil in boiling water and inhale the vapor twice a day. For dry coughs, mix a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil into a cup of ginger tea and drink this twice a day. For other types of coughs, massage a small amount of the oil over the center of your chest.


Diarrhea
Black seed oil is also an effective natural remedy for diarrhea.


High Blood Pressure
The active ingredients in black seed oil have been found to be effective in reducing high blood pressure.


Insomnia
Studies have shown that Black Seed Oil can help eliminate sleep disorders. Simply mix a teaspoon of black seed oil into a hot drink one hour before bed time for a good night's sleep.


Muscle Cramps and Spasms
Black Seed Oil has been found to contain strong anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Therefore, it is effective at preventing or easing muscle spasms and cramps. Simply massage Black Seed Oil onto the affected area once in the morning and once before going to bed. You can alternatively add one teaspoon of Black Seed Oil in a cup of chamomile tea and drink it at night.


Nausea and Upset Stomach
Studies have shown that Black Seed Oil acts as a wonderful remedy for stomach ailments by stimulating digestion and inducing the expulsion of gas. For nausea and upset stomachs, mix half a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice with half a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil and take this twice a day.
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replied November 27th, 2011
Have you checked for Valley Fever? With the red spots on the back of the legs, this might be a better diagnosis. There's a simple test to check for it as well.
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replied January 29th, 2013
it sound like you get asthma... you can consult to your doctor about that.. may be this material will help you to know symptom...
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