What is Chronic Cough?
A chronic cough is a cough that lasts 4-8 weeks in adults or children. The most common causes of a recurrent cough are postnasal drip, asthma and GERD.
Common Symptoms of Chronic Cough
- runny nose
- frequent sore throat
- shortness of breath
Common Causes of Chronic Cough
Almost anything can trigger a cough, below are some of the common causes of the chronic cough.
- postnasal drip
- chronic bronchitis
Diagnosis and Treatment
An allergist or healthcare provider can diagnose chronic cough and provide the best form of treatment. Below are some of the common procedures used to diagnosis chronic cough:
- chest x-ray
- CT scan
- lung function test/spirometry
- lab and scope test
- Doctors may suggest treating a chronic cough with antihistamines and/or decongestants, acid blockers and cough suppressants.