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
- Uncontrolled asthma
- 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
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
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.