My pulmonary rehab therapist told me my cough can be triggered in part because I don’t breathe properly while talking. He advised me to talk slower, being mindful of taking in adequate air to be certain my lungs don’t run out of air before I finish a sentence. He made this recommendation while I was in therapy trying to talk and walk at the same time. My pulmonologist has told me chest wall tightness and restricted air flow combined with the movement of phlegm when talking creates a cough to clear the airway. When I have increased phlegm he recommends Musinex. But that should be discussed with your doctor as we all have different underlying conditions. I use my nebulizer 2 times a day, even when I don’t cough a lot, then use my flutter valve to loosen anything deep. Plenty of water, including warm drinks, helps me as well.
Best wishes as you seek answers to this annoying side effect of COPD.
Oxygen and coughing really are two different issues, and I'm not sure how one might affect the other. You're being prescribed O2 because you can't get enough on room air to produce the O2 needed by your body to ensure that everything works the way it's supposed to. Coughing occurs because you need to get rid of the mucus that builds up in the airways. I suppose if you're not struggling for enough air all the time, that might make your breathing more calm and therefore reduce the coughing. Interesting question I'd encourage you to ask your doc and see what they say.......and let the rest of us know!
What @A MyCOPDTeam Member said, plus you use a lot of chest and lung muscles when talking, causing the phlegm to shift around, promoting you to cough to clear it.
Talk to your doc about what decongestant and anti-cough treatments are out there, and see if you can find a treatment that helps.
Tea, coffee, hot cocoa or warm soup broth (all key parts of staying hydrated to help break up the phlegm) may help ease your cough, too.
Good luck, @A MyCOPDTeam Member
You use more 02 than you take in i do that exspecally if i get worked up lol
@A MyCOPDTeam Member….I’ve not had Covid, but do have Bronchiectasis in addition to COPD/Emphysema. Flares are frequent. When conservative measures fail, my pulmonologist prescribes a predisone taper course to address the inflammation and I use my nebulizer more to dry things up. This course of treatment is always weighed for any benefit against the risks of predisone side effects. Using oxygen supplement only insures I maintain my sat levels but does nothing for the inflammation.
Hope this helps a little
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