Chronic Cough

A chronic cough is considered one that goes on for 8 weeks or more in adults, and 4 weeks or longer in children. We’ve all witnessed the annoyance and embarrassment of someone who just can’t stop coughing. And now more than ever, the people around a person with a cough have that “get away from me if you’re contagious” look! No one envies that miserable, sleep-deprived person who can’t stop coughing.

Thankfully, chronic cough typically resolves with treatment of the underlying problem! An allergist can help in figuring out what is causing the cough so that it can be treated properly.

Potential causes
Post-nasal drip due to environmental allergies: Allergists can diagnose and resolve this.

Asthma: Cough is a prominent symptom and can be treated with asthma medications.

Infections: A cough often hangs around after other symptoms of infection have stopped. But this may be a sign that an infection hasn’t fully resolved and requires additional treatment.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Irritation from acid reflux often causes chronic cough and can be treated with dietary changes and medications.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): Usually occurring as a result of cigarette smoking, cough due to COPD can often be treated with inhaled medications.

Blood pressure medicine: Some antihypertensive drugs cause cough as a side effect. This is managed by changing to a different class of medication.

Let Juniper Allergy help

If you suffer from Allergic Sinusitis our team is happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss your specific treatment needs. You can call (210) 888-1297 or email to discuss the next steps.

Author: Dr. Amanda Trott, MD
NPI number: 1568653756
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