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What makes a non-smoker cough every couple of minutes?

My upstairs neighbour is hacking his lungs out every 2-4 minutes for as long as I've lived here. He is not a smoker. Is it asthma? GERD? Some extreme form of permanent allergies? Windpipe closing up?

Tell me, oh doctors and shamans of The DataLounge

by Anonymousreply 30December 3, 2023 1:26 AM


by Anonymousreply 1December 2, 2023 10:13 PM


by Anonymousreply 2December 2, 2023 10:16 PM

Allergies, or more likely non-allergenic rhinitis causing post nasal drip, this is normally treated with Atrovent which is an ipratropium bromide nasal spray, but there is a worldwide shortage at the moment because its gone out of production for six months.

Not a doctor but I have this myself, fortunately I managed to stock up on the spray because there's fuckall else that works

by Anonymousreply 3December 2, 2023 10:25 PM


by Anonymousreply 4December 2, 2023 10:27 PM

It can be a side effect of certain medications.

by Anonymousreply 5December 2, 2023 10:39 PM

Is his name Marguerite?

by Anonymousreply 6December 2, 2023 10:41 PM

Are you sure it’s coughing and not queefing?

by Anonymousreply 7December 2, 2023 10:50 PM


by Anonymousreply 8December 2, 2023 10:56 PM


by Anonymousreply 9December 2, 2023 10:59 PM


by Anonymousreply 10December 2, 2023 11:53 PM

Smoking damages the cilia which usually keeps your airways clear allowing irritants to enter. Also, smoking causes you to produce more mucus making you cough more.

by Anonymousreply 11December 2, 2023 11:57 PM

^^^a non-smoker likely coughs for similar reasons. Older people produce a lot more mucus usually from post-nasal drip, in general.

However, sinus infections and allergies will also cause coughing.

by Anonymousreply 12December 2, 2023 11:59 PM

Esophageal Cancer.

by Anonymousreply 13December 3, 2023 12:00 AM

He's choking on the upstairs neighbor's cock, Rose.

by Anonymousreply 14December 3, 2023 12:04 AM

Coughing can also be habit forming. While it’s true some of us are on a heavy nicotine/thc schedule, coughing feels great.

The very best coughs come when you’re in the shower with hot water beating on your shoulders.

Your lungs ejaculate a clumpy splat and the world is good.

by Anonymousreply 15December 3, 2023 12:06 AM

r15 how old are you?

by Anonymousreply 16December 3, 2023 12:08 AM

I am an ex-smoker (two years) and I was genuinely annoyed my coughing didn't stop.

I could, of course, be dying of throat cancer as I speak which I'm sure many will say, but for myself, a humidifier made a huge difference. I live in a very dry environment (even in the summer), and it has helped a lot.

by Anonymousreply 17December 3, 2023 12:10 AM


by Anonymousreply 18December 3, 2023 12:11 AM

Your cheap Axe Body Spray permeating his space.

by Anonymousreply 19December 3, 2023 12:21 AM

[quote]What makes a non-smoker cough every couple of minutes?


by Anonymousreply 20December 3, 2023 12:38 AM

You smell, OP. Take a bath and she’ll stop coughing. You’re destroying her lungs.

by Anonymousreply 21December 3, 2023 12:40 AM

Plot twist, OP doesn’t live in an apartment and the coughing is all in his head.

by Anonymousreply 22December 3, 2023 12:41 AM


by Anonymousreply 23December 3, 2023 12:44 AM

I've never smoked in my life – cigarettes, that is, but I haven't smoked any weed since at least 2018 – but depending on the time of year, I either get chest colds or allergies that produce a lot of phlegm fairly regularly. OTOH I sure as hell don't cough THAT often, and a nonsmoker doing so literally nonstop – for months, if not years, on end – is weird.

How old is your neighbor, OP, and how long has he lived there? If he's a recent retiree who worked either in mining or, say, telephone or electrical work, he could have asbestosis or another chronic lung ailment. He could also be coughing if he's morbidly obese with COPD but refuses to wear a c-pap.

by Anonymousreply 24December 3, 2023 12:45 AM

How old is he, OP? My mother takes a blood pressure pill that causes frequent coughing. She has developed congestive heart failure in recent years, which also causes frequent coughing.

by Anonymousreply 25December 3, 2023 12:46 AM

Full-blown AIDS.

by Anonymousreply 26December 3, 2023 1:11 AM

He could be on an ACE inhibitor. That causes cough.

He could have TB or MAC (mycobacterium avium complex).


Heart failure

Pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary edema.

Acid reflux.


Hiatal hernia.


by Anonymousreply 27December 3, 2023 1:15 AM



Pulmonary fibrosis

Could’ve been a construction worker using power tools with wood or plaster; or a painter who used a spray gun and didn’t wear a mask.

by Anonymousreply 28December 3, 2023 1:18 AM

R5. I started Lisinopril and my doctor warned it can cause a cough. It hasn’t thus far, but I’m still at the lowest dosage.

by Anonymousreply 29December 3, 2023 1:19 AM

Acid reflux can make a person cough.

by Anonymousreply 30December 3, 2023 1:26 AM
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