Green Tea and Cough

by Maralyn Schoch
(Sussex England)

About three years ago I began drinking green tea. Around the same time I developed a sinus condition and an incurable cough.

It is only now, after all kinds of useless treatment I am wondering if I am allergic to green tea and that this is the cause of the the cough.

Please let me know if you have any other people in the same difficulty.

Maralyn, green tea allergies is the single biggest complaint I hear on the site.

The article below is linked to what you have suspected.

Green Tea and Nasal Congestion

Other possible symptoms of green tea allergies can be found here:

Green Tea and Allergy Reactions

I hope this helps.


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Sep 23, 2009
super HOT tea = allergic throat...
by: adamya

Your allergy is not due to green tea but due to very hot tea which your are consuming. Just allow the tea to cool down a bit(may be 4 mins).

And throw away your old belief that green tea has caused your allergy, then your allergy will disappear like a drop of water in an ocean.

"Always inquire as deep as you can."

In Iran half of the people's throat are damaged due to this. Spread the message.

Jan 20, 2011
To threadstarter
by: Max

To threadstarter: No, you are not allergy to Green tea.

The reason why you keep coughing is because you were drinking green tea far too often and Green tea is consider as "Cooling" in Chinese medicine, and foods, fruits and drinks that are too "cooling" can make one cough - especially those who take it on a daily basis.

And by saying "cooling", it doesn't mean that the foods, fruits and drinks are cold.

Anyway, try drinking English breakfast everyday and I can assure you that you will experience coughing as well.

Jan 06, 2013
Cough from green tea
by: Anonymous

Both green tea and black tea make me cough uncontrollably. I am a teacher and when it is cold, I like to drink something hot. If I drink any kind of tea, I cough so much I can't teach! I don't drink it very hot and this does not happen with coffee.

Feb 20, 2013
1+1 =2?
by: Patrick

Well now this is interesting. I have been drinking more and more tea(Darjeeling and Green) 3 to 4 cups a day since November approx and never thought to link it to the cough I have been having since just about the same time it seems. I can feel the irritation in my throat, and as I breath then it tickles the irritation and there goes the cough. sound like what you guys are experiencing?

Mar 16, 2013
Black Tea makes me cough too
by: Danielle

I think I'm allergic to something in black tea because anytime I take it I start having cough...even if it has been a long while I took it last....but wit coffee it doesn't happen that way.

Aug 02, 2013
by: Anonymous

I am coughing quite a lot and was wondering if I should o to the dr. Now since Iv read your comments I may wait it out. But nothing seem to help. How did you all stop the coughng

Aug 06, 2013
Coughing for years ...drinking green tea for 20 years
by: TA

I am glad I came across this and other web postings. I just finished drinking been tea and as always start coughing with the first sip. I have coughed this way for years (at least 5) and sought specialists who diagnosed me with acid reflux. I have been on lansoprazole for 3 years and the cough did not go away. I also get the coughs when I drink alcohol, which is why I believed the acid reflux theory. I will abstain for a few weeks and report back.

Jul 21, 2014
Iced tea
by: Anonymous

Iced tea makes me cough.

Sep 06, 2014
Green tea hates me!
by: Lisa marie

I'm so allergic to green tea, if I drink it I itch so bad, if I inhale it I end up with a really bad tight chest and cough and I have recently discovered it is in my foundation!!! This is why my skin has been breaking out in hives. Watch out green tea is in so many things these days!

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