What is Chronic Cough?

Chronic Cough
Chronic Cough is a cough that does not go away for several weeks/months. It is one of the 5 top reasons for a visit to the Doctor.

How do I get Chronic Cough?

For non-smokers, Chronic Cough may be caused by Asthma, Acid reflux or Post nasal drip. For smokers, it may be a sign of COPD. There may be other reasons that are less common but when a cough lasts for several months, your Primary Care Physicain will most likely send you to a Pulmonary Specialist to perform some tests to find out the reasons for the cough.

What are the symptoms?

Coughing that lasts several weeks/months that seems to get worse at night and in some environmental situations, such as extreme cold.

What is the treatment?

The treatment of Chronic Cough will be determined by the cause of the disease. If it’s Asthma, the treatment will be inhaled steroids or anti-inflammatory medication. If it’s Sinus or Postnasal drip, a decongestant or antihistamine may be prescribed. If reflux disease, various treatments are used. Infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis can cause the Chronic Cough and will be treated with antibiotics.

Will I get better?

Full recovery is determined by the reason for the Chronic Cough.

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