Chronic Cough

A chronic cough is described as lasting for more than 8 weeks, whereas an acute cough typically lasts 3 weeks or less. Discovering the cause of a chronic cough and incorporating appropriate treatment greatly improves quality of life, and the board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia are dedicated to enhancing the lives of our patients.

Causes of Chronic Cough

Many times, chronic coughing indicates asthma-related conditions; in other cases, chronic coughing may be the result of a viral or bacterial infection. When determining potential causes, a board-certified allergist at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia will first assess whether the cough is a ‘productive’ or ‘nonproductive’ cough.

Productive Cough

A productive cough typically produces mucus that the body is attempting to expel from the lungs. Causes of a productive chronic cough include:

• Viral illness
• Infection
• Chronic Lung Disease, or COPD
• Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
• Postnasal drip
• Smoking or tobacco use

Nonproductive Cough

A nonproductive cough produces no mucus, and is classified as a ‘dry’ cough. This cough is characterized by a hacking sound, and is often the result of exposure to an environmental irritant or a cold. While there are several factors that can produce a nonproductive cough, allergies and asthma, especially mild asthma, are often determined as causes for a dry, chronic cough.

Contact the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia

It is important to remember that coughing is a symptom, not a disease. Consulting with the highly trained board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia can provide you the relief you need from your chronic, dry cough.

Book your consultation at our state-of-the-art allergy and asthma facility via our online contact form or via phone at (404) 994-3574. Our offices are conveniently located throughout metro Atlanta including Alpharetta, Smyrna/Vinings, Newnan, Peachtree City / Fayetteville, Acworth / Kennesaw, Villa Rica, Carrollton and Douglasville.