Chronic cough refers to a cough that persists for greater than 2 months in duration.
There are both allergic and non-allergic causes of chronic cough including:
- Postnasal Drip secondary to Rhinitis and/or Sinusitis
- Asthma or Eosinophilic Bronchitis
- Smoking and/or COPD
- Vocal Cord Dysfunction
- Arnold’s Reflex
- Other Lung, Heart, or Gastrointestinal Problems
Often, the cause of chronic cough is multifactorial
Allergists are considered the experts in evaluating and managing chronic cough. Allergists can complete allergy skin tests and breathing tests as well as order and interpret other tests that may be relevant to your chronic cough.
The goals in the evaluation and management of chronic cough are to identify and mitigate any exacerbating factors.
By visiting an Allergist, you too can take control of your chronic cough and improve your quality of life.