A cough is considered chronic when it lasts for eight weeks or longer. There is no doubt that having a chronic cough can be uncomfortable and annoying, and no one wants to deal with it. Making matters worse, the cough may be accompanied by the following things (listed in alphabetical order, not in order of seriousness or commonness):
- Broken ribs
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood
- Excessive sweating
- Heartburn or a sour taste in your mouth
- Passing out or fainting
- Post-nasal drip
- Runny nose
- Sore Throat
- Throat clearing
- Urine leakage
- Wheezing and shortness of breath
Unfortunately, in many cases a chronic cough can be a sign of a larger underlying problem. Because of this possibility, it is very important to see a doctor so that the real problem can be addressed, especially if you’ve had your cough for a few weeks. Plus, who wants to live with a chronic cough if they don’t have to?
Some of the most common causes of chronic cough are:
- Blood Pressure Drugs
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Post-nasal drip
- Vocal cord dysfunction
For more causes of chronic cough, including some very rare ones, visit Harvard Health Publications “That Nagging Cough.”
If you are experiencing a chronic cough, there are cough drops, lozenges and throat sprays that may help. However, if you want a more permanent solution, make an appointment with our expert physicians at Westwood Ear, Nose and Throat. When you come in, we’ll sit down with you and discuss your symptoms and medical history. Next, we’ll perform a series of tests to get to the bottom of what is causing your cough and develop a treatment plan that is right for you. Throughout the entire process, we’ll explain everything and take time to address all your questions and concerns.
Stop living with a chronic cough; call us at (888) 230-3715 and schedule an appointment to find out for sure. With four conveniently-located offices around the state, getting to us is easy. Isn’t it time to cut out that chronic cough?