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Itchy cough where my voice box/thyroid is. Driving me nuts!


Can anyone help please. I have under active thyroid on 50 mcg thyroxine. Being diagnosed 3 year and every winter get a itchy cough, which last for months and drives me mad. It has already started again this week. The itch is where my voice box/thyroid is, and it feels like the sputum I am expectorating is generated from here too, not my chest. Doctor feels I just will have to ride though it. Any ideas please. Thank you.

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What are your recent thyroid results and ranges? May as well check that you are optimally medicated on 50mcg.

I find hot water, honey and a slice of lemon very soothing on a ticklish cough and itchy throat. Taking an extra glass to bed to sip when you're woken during the night can 'oil' the throat so you can get back to sleep.

Hidden in reply to Clutter

Thank you, will check levels and try the drink thanks so much

Sambucol. That's what works for me. You only need a couple of tiny sips. Just let it slide down your throat. :)

Hidden in reply to greygoose

Thank you. Had to google Sambucol, looks like good stuff. Thank you.

greygoose in reply to Hidden

You're welcome. :)

Low B12 levels have been linked to unresolved coughing ..... Do you know what yours is ?

Hidden in reply to Marz

Thank you, I am not sure what mine are but I have recently ordered some vit B supplements as my hair was falling out loads. I will make sure they include B12. Thank you.

greygoose in reply to Hidden

You really ought to get your B12 tested before taking any B vitamins. If your B12 is very low, you should get tested for Pernicious Aneamia.

Marz in reply to Hidden

You will not get enough B12 in a B Complex. As greygoose suggests, it would be good to be tested first. Most of us have endured low levels when Hypo ...

shawsAdministrator in reply to Hidden

You should ask GP to test B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate before you supplement. That's so that you will have a starting point before you supplement.

You have to supplement with the correct B12 and D if you don't have sufficient. These two are not vitamins they are pro-hormones and deficiencies can cause serious problems.

Always get a print-out of your blood results with the ranges and post if you have a query.

Hidden in reply to shaws

Thank you. I will get that done. Thank you for your help.


Hi sorry to ask again. My cough is now really affecting my breathing. Breathless on walking from car to work (usually no problems). Am being treated with inhaler salbutamol, prednisolone 40 mg once a day for 7 days. 5 Days ampicillin. It is all around my thyroid. Is this what can happen with thyroid. Can you get seasonal asthma? Back at docs on Monday. Any advice welcome Thank you.

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