Treating 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.
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
- Chronic Lung Disease, or COPD
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Postnasal drip
- Smoking or tobacco use
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 (770) 459-0620. Our offices are conveniently located throughout metro Atlanta including Carrollton, Villa Rica, Newnan, Smyrna/Vinings, Hiram, Peachtree City/Fayetteville, Acworth/Kennesaw, and Douglasville.