A hoarse voice, dry cough that does not go away and mucus in the throat may be symptoms of hiatal hernia.
A persistant 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.
Persistent dry cough
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 hiatal 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 persistant dry cough and thick 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.
Treatment of dry cough and thick mucus
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 thick 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 neuromuscular training device gives great results, but takes up only minimal space in your life. Training with IQoro takes no more than 90 seconds a day, is completely without side effects and can be adapted to your conditions.
Read more about the IQoro training device.
Reviewed by Mary Hägg in association with IQoro
Associate Professor of Experimental Research in Ear, Nose and Throat diseases at Uppsala University, and Hospital Dental Surgeon specializing in orofacial medicine.
Mary has worked for 12 years as a hospital dentist and for 31 years as Head of the Speech & Swallowing Centre, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Hudiksvall Hospital, Sweden.
IQoro is a neuromuscular training device. It allows you to strengthen the muscles that you can’t usually train.
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.