A chronic cough is one that lasts for more than 8 weeks continuously. Most people who develop a cough experience it for less than 8 weeks, making it an acute or subacute cough. Most acute or subacute coughs happen as a result of infection and will resolve on their own. Chronic coughs are different because they don't resolve without treatment in most cases. A chronic cough can cause stress urinary incontinence, rib fractures, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, exhaustion, and insomnia along with many other unpleasant symptoms if it's not treated.
There are several common reasons that people develop a chronic cough. These include asthma, upper airway cough syndrome, and Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD.) In about 30 percent of cases, the chronic cough sufferer has 2 or more of these conditions at once. Some of the less common reasons for chronic cough include obstructive sleep apnea, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, and pertussis.
The treatment for a chronic cough is largely dependent upon the cause of the cough. The doctor will begin with a complete medical history, as well as a physical examination. In most cases, the doctor will order a chest x-ray when a patient has a chronic cough. Other tests that may be needed to properly evaluate the cough and determine its origin include allergy testing, lung function studies, swallow studies, or chest CT scans. Treatment may include some lifestyle changes, for example smokers will need to stop smoking. Medications that may be helpful include inhaled medications and steroid medications, especially if the chronic cough is caused by asthma. The doctor will customize a care plan for each patient. Ultimately, people with a chronic cough can live cough free again with the right medical help.
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