What is it?

A chronic cough is a cough lasting longer than 8 weeks in adults or 4 weeks in children. Chronic cough is not only disturbing but may cause sleeping problems, fatigue, vomit, rib fracture, and lightheadedness. The most common causes of chronic cough include postnasal drip, asthma, COPD, acid reflux, several medications, and tobacco use.

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Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include imaging tests and lung function tests.


Treatment depends on the underlying cause but may include antihistamines, corticosteroids, decongestants, inhaled steroids and bronchodilators, antibiotics, and acid blockers.

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