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I've been coughing for months, but chest X-ray was completely clear. What can I do?

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Dr. Craig Brown
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
10 doctors agree

In brief: Cough

Coughs lasting longer then a few months require a work up.
Pulmonary evaluation would commonly include a pulmonary function test to look for evidence of asthma. Also, cough could be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux that would require medicine like prilosec. Additionally, we may order a ct scan of the chest. Finally, we review daily meds to see if you are experiencing a cough side effect.

In brief: Cough

Coughs lasting longer then a few months require a work up.
Pulmonary evaluation would commonly include a pulmonary function test to look for evidence of asthma. Also, cough could be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux that would require medicine like prilosec. Additionally, we may order a ct scan of the chest. Finally, we review daily meds to see if you are experiencing a cough side effect.
Dr. Craig Brown
Dr. Craig Brown
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See physician

.Common causes of coughing are post nasal drip, asthma and gastroesophageal reflux.
Infections and chronic bronchitis are other causes. May need to have bronchoscophy or gastrointestinal evaluation for changes of gastroesophageal reflux,

In brief: See physician

.Common causes of coughing are post nasal drip, asthma and gastroesophageal reflux.
Infections and chronic bronchitis are other causes. May need to have bronchoscophy or gastrointestinal evaluation for changes of gastroesophageal reflux,
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Eric Toloza
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Bronchoscopy

Should consult with a pulmonologist and possibly undergo a bronchoscopy to check your airways, which a chest x-ray would not be able to evaluate.

In brief: Bronchoscopy

Should consult with a pulmonologist and possibly undergo a bronchoscopy to check your airways, which a chest x-ray would not be able to evaluate.
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