A dry cough that doesn't go away can feel hopeless and annoying; perhaps you are also hoarse or have lost your voice. This can be especially troublesome when you need to talk on the phone, to a crowd of people or with friends. In the beginning you probably assumed that the problem would disappear by itself, then when it didn’t, you probably tried various housewife’s tips, tricks and throat tablets. Perhaps you have also seen a doctor, to rule out allergy or illness.
A croaking and hoarse voice in combination with a dry cough that does not go away and mucus that is stuck in the throat may all be symptoms of hiatus hernia, a weakened diaphragm. It can also be called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) which means that acid from the stomach leaks up into the oesophagus, airways and mouth. This can cause different varying strength symptoms. Often you get heartburn or acid reflux. Mucus in the throat is the body's defence mechanism to protect the mucous membranes against the acidic gastric juices. When you lie down, it is common, with a hiatus hernia, that gastric juices leak into the oesophagus, flow into the airways and irritate your vocal cords. This then gives you a dry cough, a harsh voice and makes you want to clear your throat to remove the protective mucus on the vocal cords.
It is not uncommon for those suffering from dry cough and tough mucus to be sent from pillar to post within the healthcare system, because the overall picture of the symptoms can point to asthma, allergies or other lifestyle influences. In addition, any sleeping difficulties because of the dry cough make you tired during the day and not fully refreshed. Many people think they will have to live with mucus and a dry cough the rest of their lives, but that doesn't have to be the case.
You can often get advice on avoiding any food and drink that triggers your symptoms or trying different medications. If your discomfort of dry cough and tough mucus is caused by a hiatus hernia, then we have an effective treatment that you can do at home, at work or on the road. Our unique IQoro® throat trainer gives great results, but takes up only minimal space in your life. The training takes no more than 90 seconds a day, is completely without side effects and can be adapted to your conditions.
IQoro® is a neuromuscular training device. It allows you to strengthen the muscles that you can’t usually train - at least not by consciously controlling these muscles. The instructions to activate these ‘involuntary’ muscles come only from autonomic brain signals. That’s what IQoro® stimulates.
All it takes is 90 seconds exercise per day. IQoro® uses the body’s natural nerve pathways to activate the muscles from the face, oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus and down to the diaphragm where your hernia is situated.
Your injured muscle in the diaphragm is strengthened, and gradually your symptoms will disappear as you address their cause. Some maintenance training will be required after your symptoms have gone to keep your original symptoms at bay.
Internationally patented and manufactured in Sweden.
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IQoro® is based on many years’ scientific research, and is certified for sale and use in the EU and EEA countries.
IQoro® naturally strengthens the musculature from the face, oral cavity, upper airways, esophagus down to the diaphragm and stomach without any side-effects.
Malin’s swallowing difficulties became a torment
Malin Wallin, a 25 year old has always been slim but has never had a problem with eating. Until her last year in high school that is, when - without any warning - she began to be affected by a persistent feeling of having a lump in the throat and trouble with swallowing. It would take several years before she would be helped by a new treatment method in the form of a neuromuscular exercise device and regime from IQoro®.
It is a very modest young lady that turns up to the interview to tell us about her tough years with swallowing difficulties, difficulties that of course have caused anxiety, worry and social isolation at many shared mealtimes.
- For many years it has been a torment to eat in the company of others. I carried with me a constant fear of having something stick in my throat, and I avoided mealtimes with colleagues or friends, says Malin, who now works as a childcarer...
Niklas’ feelings of constant queasiness are gone
Niklas had dieted with the LCH method and lost weight, but he was afflicted by a reflux problem (LPR) when he went back to an ordinary diet.
Food leaked up from his stomach at night giving a feeling of queasiness and an irritating, persistent, dry cough. After he had researched the problem, Nicholas concluded that he was suffering from dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties.
– It was always gurgly in my throat and the swallowing difficulties came more intense, says Nicolas.
In the end, he sought professional help and underwent a gastroscopy, but nothing abnormal was to be seen.
– It was frustrating! Sometimes I couldn’t even sleep at night because it felt as though the remains of my food were still in my esophagus, and were leaking up into my throat.
Reviewed: Mary Hägg, PhD, Post. Doc. at Uppsala University, dentist, specialised in orofacial medicine, head of the Speech & Swallowing Center, ENT, and other operations at Hudiksvall Hospital, Gävleborg region, October 2018.