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EAR, NOSE AND THROAT

Chronic Cough

Chronic cough is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical treatment.

Chronic cough is a persistent cough that lasts more than several weeks. It can appear during a cold or sinus infection or slowly creep in. Your larynx can become so sensitive that merely taking a breath can trigger a spasm and coughing fit. Many patients suffer with chronic cough and struggle to find treatments that work.

 

Chronic Cough Causes:

Causes of chronic cough can include:

  • Food sensitivities 

  • Allergic rhinitis causing post nasal drip

  • Sinonasal disease 

  • Environmental allergies which cause post-nasal drip

  • Acid reflux

  • Aspiration 

  • Uncontrolled asthma

  • COPD

  • Chronic bronchitis

  • Chemical sensitivities

  • Medication side effects

  • Chronic vocal cord irritation due to smoking or drugs

 

Chronic Cough Symptoms:

Chronic cough may occur with the following signs and symptoms:

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Postnasal drip

  • Frequent throat clearing

  • Hoarseness

  • Sore throat

  • Shortness of breath

  • Heartburn

Severe cases of chronic cough can cause vomiting, lightheadedness, depression, and even injuries to your ribs.

 

Chronic Cough Treatment:

Treatment for chronic cough is based on a complete evaluation to identify the underlying cause(s) and contributing factors. Once determined, management through medication and/or lifestyle and behavior changes are offered. Often a combination of treatments is necessary to calm the cycle. Additionally, eliminating and modifying triggers for the cough may also be recommended.

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