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What causes persistent cough?

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

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


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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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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

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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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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

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Help! What could be causing my persistent cough?

Help! What could be causing my persistent cough?

Many causes: There are many possible causes of persistent cough lasting more than 3 weeks. If this is occurring after a viral illness, you may have chronic bronchitis or pneumonia.
Other possible causes include aspiration and sinusitis with post nasal drip. Sometimes inflammation of the ear drum may be associated with a persistent cough. Asthma can be associated with a cough.
Virtual consult appt suggested. ...Read more

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My child's playmate has persistent cough, what should I do?

My child's playmate has persistent cough, what should I do?

Looked into: The possible etiologies for a persistent cough are numerous, so it is something that their pediatrician should look into. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Persistent cough?

What is the definition or description of: Persistent cough?

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

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A friend of mines have a short persistent cough what could be it be?

Possibilities...: The possible etiologies of a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or even a combination of issues. All of these have entirely different treatments so, if the cough persists, your friend should see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If your friend is a smoker, smoking cessation is strongly encouraged and a doctor can help with this as well. ...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

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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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Is it possible that amoxicilin surpress persistent cough and pain in the chest?

Is it possible that amoxicilin surpress persistent cough and pain in the chest?

Maybe: It depends on cause of cough and pain. If it is due to a bacterial infection that is sensitive to penicillins, then yes. Unfortunately, most coughs are due to viral infections that do not get better with antibiotics and the chest pain may be due to muscle strain from that cough. In this case, the only cure is 'a tincture of time.'. ...Read more

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I have a persistent cough because of an itchy throat. Why?

I have a persistent cough because of an itchy throat. Why?

Allergy: Persistent cough with itching is usually due congestion of the back of throat. Allergic reaction to inhaled allergen is the usual cause. Weather change and irritants such as tobacco smoke can also cause the same symptoms. Over the counter antihistamine such as Claritin (loratadine) and decongestants such as sudafed could be useful. ...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?

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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Can Pritor 80mg cause coughing fits, or persistent cough?

Can Pritor 80mg cause coughing fits, or persistent cough?

YES IT CAN: It can rarely cause cough in some patients.19724 patients reported side effects when taking Pritor. And among them 344 people reported having cough (1.76%)It is more common in females64.05% versus males 36.95%&most common in females over the age of 60.It is rare at your age. Common in patients with Rheumatoid arthritis, Asthma, Diabetese. And taking with Laxis, Aspirin, Singular, Norvasc&Prilosec. ConsultMD ...Read more

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What are some home remedies to address a persistent cough?

What are some home remedies to address a persistent cough?

Diagnose first...: In order to treat a chronic cough, it must first be diagnosed. Possible diagnoses include bronchospasm from any cause, post-nasal drip, gerd, or a combination of factors. These all have different treatments so see your doctor so the cause of your cough can be identified first and then treatment rendered. ...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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What do you recommend if I have a persistent cough. How can I cure this?

What do you recommend if I have a persistent cough. How can I cure this?

Cause?: There are many causes for coughing and without more details on your known medical conditions or drugs (especially high BP drugs) taken, it is impossible to provide a guess. Do note that most chronic coughs are caused by more than one medical conditions. ...Read more

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Persistent cough that has been lasting for 6 weeks and still on-going. Please help?

Differential: The prolonged cough can be for a variety of causes ranging form asthma, chronic post nasal drip or perhaps from reflux of acid from the stomach. There are more less common reasons and perhaps a chest xray is indicated. It may be time to see your physician and perhaps a referral to an allergist or pulmonologist is warranted. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a persistent cough for 2 weeks. Cough syrups do not seem to be helping.

What is the cause of a persistent cough for 2 weeks. Cough syrups do not seem to be helping.

Need to see a doctor: To get an accurate diagnosis if a cough persists more than 2 wks. ...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

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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My husband has a persistent cough my husband has been coughing every night and morning for about 2 weeks now. He is a smoker, but this cough is different then his normal morning hack. He recently started substituting the ecigarette for about 1/2 of his

My husband has a persistent cough my husband has been coughing every night and morning for about 2 weeks now. He is a smoker, but this cough is different then his normal morning hack. He recently started substituting the ecigarette for about 1/2 of his

Hello.: Hello. If your husband has been a smoker, the toxins could have paralysed the cilia that beat bacteria, virus and "junk" out of his lungs, sinuses and nose. Cilia are like motile whips that move things out of the body. If there is less of the tobacco toxin going into his body, the cilia may be motile again and working double time to remove toxins from his body. This could be his body working to detoxify him, now that it is finally able to. He needs to remain hydrated and should drink at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day, to help expell this material. Take care. ...Read more

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I am 47. Never have smoked. I have had a persistent cough that some days is worse than others for the past 5-6 weeks. I have noticed a metallic/bloody taste after I cough a hard cough though. I don't take any medications for anything. Just take my normal

See your doctor...: Possible etiologies of this chronic cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, sinus problem or a combination of factors. The metallic/bloody taste could be a med side effect (not sure what meds you take) or could be post-nasal drip issue leading to bronchospasm. You need to see your doctor to diagnose and treat you; may even need to see a lung specialist or an ear/nose/throat doctor. ...Read more

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Remedy for persistent cough in a nine month child?

Depends: Treatment will be different depending upon the cause (s) of prolonged cough. The infant needs to be thoroughly evaluated first. ...Read more

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What over counter meds can I buy for persistent cough?

Not advisable: Persistent cough needs to be evaluated for the cause, as cough is only a symptom (or a sign) for something very benign or more sinister. I strongly recommend a detail w/u than cough suppressants. I seldom give cough suppressants in my practice. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about cure for severe persistent cough?

Can you tell me about cure for severe persistent cough?

The cure with depend: On the cause. Medical evaluation can determine the cause which can then lead to an appropriate treatment plan. ...Read more

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What causes a persistent cough that usually attack during the wee hours of the morning?

What causes a persistent cough that usually attack during the wee hours of the morning?

Possibilities.,: Possible causes include bronchospasm, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of factors. All of these have different treatments so see your doctor so this can be diagnosed and treated. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Hubby has persistent cough for three months following a severe cold. No other symptoms.?

Hubby has persistent cough for three months following a severe cold. No other symptoms.?

Try saline + nasal: Try nasal saline washes (flush until it comes out the other side) plus nasal steroids, add Claritin or zyrtec if this isn't sufficient. ...Read more