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Dr. Russell Faust
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Chronic Cough (Overview)

Chronic cough = persistently expelling air from lungs (with abrupt sharp sound).


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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
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Chronic Cough (Overview)

Chronic cough = persistently expelling air from lungs (with abrupt sharp sound).


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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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Chronic cough (Tip)

If you have postnasal drip, try Chlorphenerimine. It's much better than new antihistamines 4 cough. ...See more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
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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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Chronic cough (Tip)

1st line go to treatments-chlorphenerimine, zantac and nexium, get tested for asthma. ...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

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Chronic cough (Tip)

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

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Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain (Checklist)

office evaluation
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pelvic exam
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ultrasound
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Are there any home treatments for chronic cough?

Are there any home treatments for chronic cough?

Remedies: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea w a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea w 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 mins). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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How can I cure my mother's chronic cough?

How can I cure my mother's chronic cough?

Depends on the cause: Has her doctor found the cause of her cough? The approach to how to manage a cough depends on the reason for the cough. For example if it is acid reflux causing it, she would need to be on an acid reducing medication. If asthma, asthma medication. If cancer, treating the cancer. Etc. ...Read more

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Chronic cough (Tip)

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

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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) (Checklist)

Don't overdo it when you have more energy than usual
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Try slow and steady movement like qigong, tai chi, or yoga
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Consider a natural alternative to meds like dipsacus
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Hi. I've had a chronic cough for over 8 weeks now. Had xray and no lung problems. Then told reflux caused it. But treatment hasnt helped. What next?

Hi.  I've had a chronic cough for over 8 weeks now. Had xray and no lung problems.  Then told reflux caused it. But treatment hasnt helped. What next?

Cough: Make sure you are taking the reflux medicine 1/2 hr before food. Post nasal drip is also a common reason for cough. Consider using a neti pot for salt water flushes of the sinuses to clear the allergy issue. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about it's like to take zocor (simvastatin) or similar cholesterol lowering drugs and experienced chronic cough 2 months later?

Can you tell me about it's like to take zocor (simvastatin) or similar cholesterol lowering drugs and experienced chronic cough 2 months later?

Go see your doctor: Zocor (simvastatin) & other statins are not associated w/chronic cough, at least not to same extent as ACE inhibitors, which are used to lower blood pressure and protect heart & kidneys. Statins are more commonly linked to unexplained muscle pain/weakness. Regardless, if you suspect that you're suffering from side effect, go see prescribing doc. In meantime, check out WSJ's http://goo.gl/sy78hq ...Read more

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Chronic cough (Tip)

Don ' t forget to get immunized . Do give supportive treatment and make your child comfortable. ...See more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more