Occasional coughing is a normal and healthy way for our bodies to clear irritants and lung secretions. Chronic cough is a cough that persists for longer than eight weeks and is quite bothersome. It can affect your sleep and quality of life.
Allergies can cause chronic cough as can other medical conditions. Our clinical experts will work closely with you to identify and treat allergic triggers or other medical diseases that may be causing your cough.
Other Symptoms Associated with Chronic Cough:
- Postnasal Drainage
- Hoarseness or sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Nasal congestions or runny nose
- Sour taste in your mouth
Causes of Chronic Cough:
Chronic cough may be caused by undiagnosed food or environmental allergies. Asthma and other lung conditions such as emphysema or COPD can also cause chronic cough. Another common and treatable cause is heartburn, also known as GERD or acid reflux. Acute and chronic infections in your lungs and sinuses may also cause chronic cough. Certain medications can also lead to a chronic cough.
Treatment Options for Chronic Cough:
- Allergy treatments – nasal sprays, decongestants, antihistamines and allergen immunotherapy (allergy injections)
- Lifestyle modifications – discuss avoidance measures to help control triggers
- Treating medical conditions – We can treat your heartburn with acid reducers and respiratory or sinus infections with antibiotics
- Asthma treatments – Inhaled steroids and other medications that help decrease your lung inflammation, open your airways and reduce your chronic coughing