Diagnosing and Treating a Chronic Cough
A chronic cough is a cough that lasts longer than 8 weeks. Chronic coughs can prevent you from doing the things you enjoy, such as exercising, hiking, and other activities. Furthermore, you may have trouble sleeping due to persistent coughing. It is important to see our Georgia allergists if you have a chronic cough. We will diagnose the underlying cause and create a treatment plan that is tailored to meet your needs.
Two Types of Chronic Coughs
There are generally 2 types of chronic coughs: a productive cough and a nonproductive cough. Productive coughs produce fluid and mucus from the lungs. Nonproductive coughs are also known as dry or hacking coughs because there is no fluid or mucus.
Causes of a productive chronic cough include:
- Respiratory infection
- Cold or flu virus
- Postnasal drip
- Tobacco use or smoking
- Chronic lung disease
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Other viral illnesses
On the other hand, a nonproductive cough may be caused by environmental irritants, such as cigarette smoke or chemical fumes, as well as cold and flu viruses. Allergies and asthma may also cause a nonproductive cough. It is important to remember that a chronic cough is a symptom, not a disease itself. That is why you should seek professional assistance by our Georgia allergists as soon as possible.
Treatment for Chronic Coughs
At the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, we provide tailored solutions to those suffering from allergies, asthma, pulmonary disorders, and other conditions. If you suffer from a chronic cough, it may be that you have underlying allergies or other respiratory problems. We will listen to your concerns, diagnose your condition, and provide effective treatment options so you can get back to your busy schedule.
Contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We offer same day appointments for new and returning patients.