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Dr. Aida Soriano
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Persistent Cough (Overview)

Cough- rapid expulsion of air from lungs, (usually to clear airways). Persistent = continuing over a long period of time.


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What causes persistent cough for a couple weeks?

What causes persistent cough for a couple weeks?

Bronchitis...: Acute bronchitis can result in a cough which lasts for this duration. There can be associated bronchospasm which can cause the cough to increase even when the other symptoms are resolving. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, can also cause a long-lasting cough. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment, especially if the cough is worsening. ...Read more

Dr. Aida Soriano
171 doctors shared insights

Persistent Cough (Overview)

Cough- rapid expulsion of air from lungs, (usually to clear airways). Persistent = continuing over a long period of time.


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What does it mean when can't get rid of persistent cough?

What  does it mean when can't get rid of persistent cough?

Treatment...: Treatment of a persistent cough depends on the etiologies and, there may be several etiologies present, all of which need to be treated to resolve the cough. Possible etiologies of the cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. You may need testing to diagnose this cough. If you smoke, you need to quit asap! ...Read more

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How to treat a persistent cough with little phlegm? It only hurts when i cough and delsym (dextromethorphan) doesn't do much.

How to treat a persistent cough with little phlegm? It only hurts when i cough and delsym (dextromethorphan) doesn't do much.

Depends: Generally, a chronic cough is defined as one lasting more than 8 weeks. The most common causes include post nasal drainage, reflux, and asthma. Depending on the cause, the treatment is different. For example for asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are the mainstay. It's best to see your doctor for testing to determine cause. Your smoking status is also important. ...Read more

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How can I treat a very persistent cough? I think is allergic cause it begins in october and left in march, but no medicine helps me. Thx

How can I treat a very persistent cough? I think is allergic cause it begins in october and left in march, but no medicine helps me. Thx

Define it: The best first step is to see an allergist. Finding how if and to what you're allergic is the best way to start; simply trying med after med can be frustrating. Your allergist, possibly with the help of an ENT or pulmonary physician, can help figure this out if it turns out that you're truly not allergic. ...Read more

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Could a persistent cough in a smoker be something to worry about?

Could a persistent cough in a smoker be something to worry about?

Yes...: Persistent cough in a smoker could be a sign of copd. If the cough is productive, chronic bronchitis may be present and if non-productive, empysema may be present. Either way, you should see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. Smoking cessation is absolutely necessary and your doctor can also help with this. ...Read more

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Is cphen effective for treating persistent cough in my 5year old?

Is cphen effective for treating persistent cough in my 5year old?

If Dr. is monitoring: Cough and cold medicines are no longer used for younger children (partly due to government recommendations a few years ago). However, a school-aged child with an ongoing relationship with his doctor, who can monitor his progress on cough and cold medicines, may use such medicines. C-phen has a sedating antihistamine (chlorpheniramine), a decongestant (phenylephrine), and a cough suppressant (dm). ...Read more

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What is the best cure for a persistent cough?

What is the best cure for a persistent cough?

Depends...: Treatment for a chronic cough depends on the reason for the cough. Possible etiologies for a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Each of these have different treatments. See your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed first and then treated. ...Read more

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I'm worried about persistent cough. How many nonsmokers get lung cancer in u.S. Each year?

I'm worried about persistent cough. How many nonsmokers get lung cancer in u.S. Each year?

Get evaluated: About 10% of the lung cancers occur in non-smokers. Among never-smokers aged 40 to 79 years lung cancer ranged from 14.4 to 20.8 per 100, 000 person-years in women and 4.8 to 13.7 per 100, 000 person-years in men.
Irrespective of the national rate, persistent cough should be evaluated asap to prevent further damage. ...Read more

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Normal chest X-ray .. Having persistent cough for 2 months that sometimes gets better and low grade fever that comes and goes?

Normal chest X-ray .. Having persistent cough for 2 months that sometimes gets better and low grade fever that comes and goes?

Respiratory infect: You have an inflammation in your upper respiratory tract which is probably due to infection. Would need far more info to even begin to speculate, particularly since do not know what you mean by a low grade fever. One of the more common causes would be Mycoplasma or adult pertussis. If you want to provide more info rephrase the question. ...Read more

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What causes persistent cough?

Cough: Per Mayo Clinic common reasons for chronic cough may include: Post nasal drip, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, asthma, chronic bronchitis, infections, some blood pressure medications. There are many other less common causes. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-cough/basics/causes/con-20030883 ...Read more

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How can I do with a persistent cough?

How can I do with a persistent cough?

First find cause: Chronic cough has many causes, allergies environmental, pollen, dust, mold. Medications, like ace inhibitors, . Infections, and finally underlying lung disease or reflux esophagitis. First the cause should be identified , so accordingly the treatment. To begin with see a doctor, be listened and examined . Get a chest x ray. ...Read more

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Best home remedies for persistent cough?

Depends...: Treatment for a nonproductive, chronic cough depends on the etiology. Some possible etiologies include bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip or even a combination of factors. All these etiologies have entirely different treatments so treatment depends on the suspected etiology. Your doctor should evaluate your cough so the correct treatment can be rendered. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a persistent cough?

What is the cause of a persistent cough?

Multiple causes: The most common causes of persistent cough are asthma, post nasal drip from allergies or sinus infection, and ge reflux. There are numerous less common causes that should also be investigated such as tumor, infection, foreign body, heart failure, etc. A lung specialist will be able to identify the cause through chest/sinus x-ray or ct, lung function test, feno, lab studies, history and exam. ...Read more

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I have a persistent cough. What could it be?

I have a persistent cough. What could it be?

Persistent cough: The cough may be due to a variety of conditions, like an infection such as pneumonia or pertussis, or post infectious after the flu, asthma or even medication please see your doctor so he can help you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me why I have my persistent cough?

Can you tell me why I have my persistent cough?

Persistent coughing: Coughing of 4-6 weeks without an identifiable cause or improvement in symptoms should be best evaluated by a doctor. They may need to run specific lab tests or do x-rays to determine the cause. All the best. ...Read 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


Dr. Russell Faust
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Chronic Cough (Definition)

Chronic cough = persistently expelling air from lungs ...Read more