What Is the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Cough?

Q:
What is the diagnosis and treatment of chronic cough?

A:
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.

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