What is the diagnosis and treatment of chronic cough?
Your doctor will order tests and physical exams to look for the cause of your chronic cough and ask about your medical history. Tests may include:
- Imaging tests
- Lung function tests
- Lab tests
- Scope tests
Common treatment of chronic cough is medications including:
- Antihistamines, glucocorticoids and decongestants. These drugs are standard treatment for allergies and postnasal drip.
- Inhaled asthma drugs. They reduce inflammation and open up your airways.
- Antibiotics. If a bacterial infection is causing your chronic cough, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.
- Acid blockers. When lifestyle changes don’t take care of acid reflux, you may be treated with medications that block acid production.
- Cough suppressants. If the reason for your cough can’t be determined and it’s causing serious problems for you, your doctor may prescribe a cough suppressant.