Stomatitis

Chronic cough

Chronic cough usually lasts for 8 weeks or longer. It can be caused by an underlying health condition such as heartburn or allergies and eventually settles after the condition is treated.

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When to consult a doctor?

The following are indications that it is time to set an appointment with a doctor:

  • Coughing up phlegm
  • Individual starts to lose weight
    Chronic cough
    Allergies that trigger postnasal drip resulting to coughing can be prevented by avoiding potential allergens such as smoke, dust, animal dander, pollen, mold, chemical fumes and cleaning agents.
  • Wheezing
  • High temperature or fever of 101 degrees F or higher
  • Coughing up blood
  • Drenching sweats at night time

Possible causes of chronic cough

  • Smoking
  • Allergies – postnasal drip triggered by allergies can cause coughing.
  • Asthma – coughing might be an indication of asthma.
  • Medications – some medications such as ACE inhibitors
  • Heartburn – acid from the stomach backs up into the throat

Management

  • Among those who smoke, it is time to stop. A doctor should be consulted regarding a nicotine replacement, prescription medication or an alternative method to help stop smoking.
  • Allergies that trigger postnasal drip resulting to coughing can be prevented by avoiding potential allergens such as smoke, dust, animal dander, pollen, mold, chemical fumes and cleaning agents. An over-the-counter medication can be given to alleviate the symptoms including the cough.
  • Among those who use medications that causes coughing, the doctor might prescribe another medication. The individual should not stop using the prescribed medication unless instructed by the doctor.
  • If an individual has asthma, the doctor will help decide on the suitable treatment for the symptoms.
  • When it comes to acid reflux, it can be managed by elevating the head of the bed about 4 inches. It is also recommended to avoid eating or drinking a few hours before lying down. A doctor should be consulted regarding over-the-counter or prescription medications that can relieve the symptoms of acid reflux or neutralize the stomach acid.

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