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Chronic Cough

A chronic cough is a cough that persists for eight or more weeks. Chronic cough can lead to exhaustion, rib fractures, vomiting, hoarseness and lightheadedness.

Chronic cough maybe be accompanied by a host of additional symptoms, including:
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Heartburn
  • Coughing up blood (rare)
Chronic cough is a symptom and not a diagnosis. It is typically the result of an underlying condition or health factor. The most common of these include:
  • Tobacco use or constant exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Asthma
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Acid reflux
Other causes of chronic cough include respiratory infections, certain blood pressure medications and chronic bronchitis.

Temple's otolaryngologists are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating chronic cough. Ultimately, the best treatment will address the underlying cause. For example, if chronic cause is due to:
  • Asthma—then inhaled bronchodilators and steroids can be used to reduce inflammation
  • Reflux—then avoiding certain foods and taking acid-reducing medications can be helpful
  • An infection—then antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications can control irritation
  • Blood pressure medications—then Temple's physicians can provide an alternative medication
If you are experiencing a lingering cough, a cough that interrupts sleep and/or work, make an appointment today.