Cough (Chronic Cough)

  • Medical Author:
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

  • Medical Editor: George Schiffman, MD, FCCP
    George Schiffman, MD, FCCP

    George Schiffman, MD, FCCP

    Dr. Schiffman received his B.S. degree with High Honors in biology from Hobart College in 1976. He then moved to Chicago where he studied biochemistry at the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle. He attended Rush Medical College where he received his M.D. degree in 1982 and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of California, Irvine.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

OTC Cough Medications

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Quick GuideTips to Calm Your Cough in Pictures

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Chronic cough facts

  • Chronic cough is a cough that persists over time. Chronic cough is not a disease in itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying condition.
  • Causes of chronic cough include:
    • smoking,
    • asthma,
    • hay fever (allergic rhinitis),
    • sinus problems and post-nasal drip,
    • GERD,
    • cystic fibrosis,
    • whooping cough (pertussis)
    • infections, and
    • medications.
  • Treatment for chronic cough is based on addressing the underlying cause.
    • Home remedies to ease symptoms of chronic cough include:
    • staying hydrated,
    • gargling with warm saltwater,
    • cough drops,
    • honey, and
    • ginger.
  • Chronic cough may be prevented by not smoking, and managing medical problems such as asthma, postnasal drip, GERD, and getting vaccinated against whooping cough.

What is chronic cough?

Chronic cough is a cough that persists over time. Chronic cough is not a disease in itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying condition. Chronic cough is a common problem and the reason for many doctor visits.

Reviewed on 5/17/2016
References
REFERENCES:

Medscape.com. Diet High in Fruit Fiber and Flavonoids May Prevent Chronic Productive Cough.

National Lung Health Education Program. Chronic Cough.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Proton Pump Inhibitors: Use in Adults. August 2013. 16 June 2015 <http://www.cms.gov/Medicare-Medicaid-Coordination/Fraud-Prevention/Medicaid-Integrity-Education/Pharmacy-Education-Materials/Downloads/ppi-adult-factsheet.pdf>

UpToDate. Patient information: Chronic cough in adults.

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