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Dr. Aida Soriano
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Persistent Cough (Overview)

Persistent cough is a symptom in which a person's cough doesn't seem to go away for very long. Persistent cough can mean that coughing occurs every few minutes to every few hours. Causes of persistent coughs include allergies, infections, smoking, cancers, drug side effects, etc...


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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
154 doctors shared insights

Persistent Cough (Overview)

Persistent cough is a symptom in which a person's cough doesn't seem to go away for very long. Persistent cough can mean that coughing occurs every few minutes to every few hours. Causes of persistent coughs include allergies, infections, smoking, cancers, drug side effects, etc...


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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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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
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If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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How to treat a persistent cough with little phlegm? It only hurts when i cough and delsym doesn't do much.

How to treat a persistent cough with little phlegm? It only hurts when i cough and delsym 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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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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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?

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

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