Cough

Chronic cough, defined as a cough lasting longer than 8 weeks, is a very common problem encountered by Otolaryngologists and Allergist. This is often quite disturbing causing individuals to have difficulty sleeping and be uncomfortable in social or work situations. There are a wide variety of etiologies for this problem which are carefully considered by your doctor. Some of the more common causes are listed below.

  1. Reflux related disease can cause a cough and chronic coughing has been noted as an independent risk factor for esophageal cancer
  2. Asthma
  3. Medications such as ACE inhibitors used for blood pressure management can cause a chronic cough
  4. Chronic lung infections such as pertussis (whooping cough)
  5. Chronic allergies
  6. Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis
  7. Chronic sinusitis associated with a post nasal drip
  8. Lung cancer

This problem can be quite elusive at times and need a multidisciplinary team approach including your ENT doctor, Allergist, and Pulmonologist.

2018-06-21T19:34:18+00:00
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