Common Causes for Chronic Cough
Unfortunately, there is no one main cause for chronic cough. There are some causes that are more common and often tested for first.
Common causes of chronic cough range from nasal allergies, bronchitis, sinus infections, gastroesophageal reflux disease, postnasal drainage and many others. Uncommon causes are a variety of conditions, such as alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, interstitial pneumonitis, tuberculosis, bronchiolitis.
Check out our comprehensive list of possible causes and evaluation for chronic cough here.
What if there is no specific cause of your cough?
There is also a condition of cough hypersensitivity syndrome, where there is no specific cause for the cough, but the person is just more sensitive to everything in the environment.
This is mainly diagnosed by ruling out all the other conditions that may cause the cough.
The treatment for cough hypersensitivity syndrome is slightly different than the treatment for the various triggers of cough.
Can you treat your cough at home?
There are some self-care measures for cough that can be considered. Here’s a short checklist of things you can do for in-home treatment:
- Cough drops or other hard candies can provide short-term relief.
- Moisture in the area is also helpful and very good for relieving pain.
- Sipping small amounts of liquids can also help alleviate coughing.
- It is strongly recommended to our patients to avoid all irritants, such as dust, tobacco, smoke pollutants, etc. These can trigger your cough and worsen the effects of the cough on your body.
When should you call a doctor?
Anyone with a cough more than 6 weeks, that has not responded to usual therapy, should seek a specialist in cough. If the cough is of short duration, a primary care doctor should be able to treat it.