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A 51-year-old member asked:

i seem to get a cough while sleeping at night that wakes me up. it is a tickle in my throat? what is going on?

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Post nasal drip/gerd: 2 reasons to develop a cough with lying down is reflux or post nasal drip.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
GE reflux? Sinus?: Could be allergy to something in room (pet perhaps?) could be post nasal drip, dry throst from mouth breathing (stuffy nose), could be backflow of stomach contents (gastroesophageal reflux), other causes. Don't eat for 2-3 h b4 bed, elevate head of bed 4-6 inches, minimize coffee, chocolate, peppermint, fatty foods, tobacco. No relief? See md may need eval, antireflux meds and/or ent.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Possibilities....: Possibilities include post-nasal drip and gerd, both of which can cause bronchospasm that worsens when you lie down. The treatment for these is different so you need an evaluation by your doctor to determine if you have either of these.

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When I lay flat to sleep at night, fluid starts to accumulate in my throat. I wake up and start coughing. as if im chocking on fluid. what causes this?

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Reflux: These are certain symptoms of acid reflux. Please get help. There is risk to you. Hiatal hernia may be present as well.

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