Coughing is considered “chronic” when it’s been present for more than two months. Colds and respiratory infections are responsible for most brief cough illnesses, but longer-lasting cough illnesses often indicate allergies or other conditions, such as:
The type and timing of the cough can help identify the cause, and symptoms such as “allergies”, throat-clearing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and heartburn can help point to one of the common illnesses associated with cough.
A careful medical interview and physical exam is the key to finding the cause of chronic coughing. Allergists are especially well-suited for evaluating and treating chronic cough because of their training and areas of expertise. Postnasal drip (allergies), asthma, and gastric reflux alone or in combination are responsible for most of the cases of chronic cough, and most medical professionals first try a “therapeutic trial” of medications that treat these conditions.
Chronic cough treatment is tailored to the cause:
How We Can Help
Allergy Associates' caregivers are well prepared and trained to evaluate and treat the many possible causes of chronic cough. Please call us for an appointment.
For more information on this condition please visit:
Patient Guide - American College of Chest Physicians