CHRONIC COUGH

Chronic cough is defined as a cough that has lasted for more than eight weeks. It can be a problem for both children and adults.

There are many causes of chronic cough, and several are treated by an Otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist). Common causes of cough that may be seen by an Otolaryngologist include: chronic sinusitis, acid reflux into the throat, asthma, environmental allergies, throat tumors, and even prescription medication side effects.

Because there are so many different causes for the chronic cough, a detailed history and physical examination is necessary. Sometimes a fiber optic camera is used to examine the mucous membranes of the nose and throat. Your physician may also order x-rays or CT scans if appropriate. The evaluation and treatment for the chronic cough may involve several medical specialties including Primary Care, Otolaryngology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, and even Cardiology. The following are reputable websites that can help you understand your condition.

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