Chronic cough is defined as a cough that lasts more than two or three months. Although chronic coughs are rarely caused by life-threatening conditions, it is a very bothersome symptom that can interfere with work, social activities, and homelife. It is not unusual for SEC Lung to evaluate individuals with coughs that prevent them from participating in church, sleep with their spouses, or operate effectively at work – particularly those occupations requiring speaking and personal interactions. Fortunately, at SEC Lung we have a very high success rate at resolving or significantly improving chronic coughs.
Conditions commonly causing a chronic cough include the following, often with some combination:
- Sinus congestion/drip
- Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Medication reactions
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Lung infections
- Chronic lung diseases
At SEC Lung, we can usually narrow the possibilities down to one or two of the above after the first visit that includes a careful history of the cough, physical examination, Lung Function Tests and review of Chest Xrays We will either change offending medicines thought to be responsible, and/or prescribe medications to treat the cause(s). Importantly, you will be seen back for a reevaluation within 2-4 weeks depending on the suspected cause to ensure you have improved.