A cough is considered chronic if it occurs for eight weeks or more in a patient.
The most common sources of chronic cough are:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Postnasal drainage
Any or all of the above sources may be the cause of a chronic cough, as well as other less common causes. One of our physicians can help diagnose the source of your chronic cough.
The allergists at Allergy & Asthma Consultants have expertise in allergic rhinitis (also called hay fever) and sinus infections, which can contribute to postnasal drainage (a common cause of chronic cough).
We are also experts at diagnosing and treating asthma, typically present in about one-fourth of patients with chronic cough. Cough from asthma may be connected with shortness of breath, chest tightness, or wheeze and may be aggravated by sinus infections, head colds, smoke exposure, exercise, or cold air.
Our allergists are also proficient in treating acid reflux (GERD), or heartburn, which may contribute to a cough.
We recommend you schedule an appointment to see one of our award-winning physicians if:
- You suffer from a cough that lasts longer than eight weeks
- Your cough is associated with nasal symptoms or tobacco use
- Your cough is severe and affecting your quality of life
- Your cough is associated with symptoms of asthma