• Cough after radiation base of tongue cancer

    Asked by lady1 on Sunday, January 13, 2013

    Cough after radiation base of tongue cancer

    Finished radiation 3 weeks ago- coughing a lot- doctor says this is expected- cough just makes throat worse and raw- had bad mucositis-still can't take anything but boost plus. Any advice for managing cough?

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    • packerbacker's Avatar

      Chloraseptic spray may help numb the rawness to your throat. You can also ask your doc about Magic Mouthwash to numb the area. I have used something like that and it helped. My first lesion was on the base of my tongue. The discomfort did go away not too long after radiation was done. For eating, noodle casseroles helped, also scandishakes (high calorie drinks with protein), Ensure and Boost. I also tried pureeing some foods and soups. I didn't have a cough, just throat issues. Best of luck ton you! Keep us posted!

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Lady1, if the cough is happening when you sleep, try putting vicks on the bottom of your feet before you retire to bed. If it is an intractable cough, there are options not normally used. One of those options is a morphine or a lidocaine nebulizer. If it is a dry cough, Tessalon Perles is very effective. Ask your oncologist. The nebulizers are made by pharmacy on a need basis. Best of luck to you, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • BLBragg's Avatar

      Since you are ONLY 3 weeks post radiation I can imagine that your throat is still quite sore. What helped my husband with the coughing were lozenges that Do Not contain alcohol. Make sure you check the package. The alcohol will irritate your throat. He also used chloraseptic spray but that burned his throat. Fruit flavored lozenges should help you manage the cough. Hope this helps :)

      almost 4 years ago
    • lady1's Avatar

      Thanks- how long before things start to turn around? I know everyone is different but curious as to what others found in terms of when the sore throat started to diminish and energy started to return?

      almost 4 years ago

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