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Dr. Russell Faust
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Chronic Cough (Overview)

Chronic cough is a cough occurring on most days for several months. It can be due to lung disease caused by smoking, lung cancer, or can be caused by chronic asthma or even acid reflux disease.


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Can chewing tobacco cause chronic cough?

Can chewing tobacco cause chronic cough?

Unlikely: The most common causes of chronic cough are asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinus infections and acid reflux from the stomach. A person with a chronic cough should be evaluated so a treatment can be directed at the cause of the cough. Even though chewing tobacco is unlikely to trigger a chronic cough, there are serious adverse effects including cancer of the mouth. ...Read more

Dr. Russell Faust
250 doctors shared insights

Chronic Cough (Overview)

Chronic cough is a cough occurring on most days for several months. It can be due to lung disease caused by smoking, lung cancer, or can be caused by chronic asthma or even acid reflux disease.


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What could isolated chronic cough mean?

What could isolated chronic cough mean?

Chronic assumes: 3 month duration or more. But the real answer to your question begs more information from you regarding at a minimum age, gender, physical location, medical history, medications, social habits, results of any recent tests and then more based upon the answers. There is no point providing a lengthy list of cough etiologies which won't be helpful and may just confuse you more. See your doctor ...Read more

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Managing a Child with Whooping Cough (Tip)

Managing a Child with Whooping Cough

Treat early with antibiotics if diagnosed with whooping cough. ...See more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Daily
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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What's the best way to treat a chronic cough?

What's the best way to treat a chronic cough?

Find the cause: A chronic cough has several potential causes, three of the most common being asthma, post nasal drip from rhinitis or sinusitis, and reflux. Unless you know the cause it is hard to treat a cough appropriately. ...Read more

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My 15 year old daughter always has a chronic cough in winter, especially after exercise. How can we get this treated?

My 15 year old daughter always has a chronic cough in winter, especially after exercise. How can we get this treated?

Might be asthma: Your daugther may have cough variant asthma induced by exercise and/ or allergies and/or upper respiratory infections that she may get in the winter time. Her pediatrician would be able to listen to her history and her lungs and possibly do spirometry in the office to tell if an inhaler may help her. This could also be post nasal drip from colds or allergies and an antihistamine might help. ...Read more

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Managing a Child with Whooping Cough (Tip)

Managing a Child with Whooping Cough

If a child in the home has whooping cough, make sure EVERYONE around the child is vaccinated. ...See more

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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Control the cough with medications and keep hydrated
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Finish all antibiotics, even if the patient is improving or better
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Assure all immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns when sick
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My child has a chronic cough with no other symptoms, what could this be?

My child has a chronic cough with no other symptoms, what could this be?

Depends ...: For children who cough mostly at night, especially if they cough hard enough that they occasionally vomit, and children who cough at night and spend the first hour in the morning after waking up doing "throat clearing" and coughing to clear: I am very suspicious of ger as a factor. Gastro-esophageal reflux. In my practice, i often don't test, but treat them. If they improve, i confirm my diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the treatment for chronic cough?

Can you tell me what is the  treatment for chronic cough?

Treat the cause: You need to see a doctor who can find the cause for your cough. Only then an effective treatment can be offered. There are many causes for chronic cough e.G bronchitis, copd, airway sensitivity like asthma and TB are a few of them. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more