Chronic Cough Posted on January 6, 2022 by Cape Fear Otolaryngology A cough lasting eight weeks or longer is considered chronic. A chronic cough can disrupt your sleep and affect your work. It may include other symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, runny nose, congestion and heartburn. If you have a cough that lasts more than a month, make an appointment with your ear nose and throat physician. What Causes Chronic Cough? A cough is your body’s way of expelling a substance that is irritating the air passages. A variety of factors may trigger your chronic cough. These include: Postnasal dripAsthmaAllergiesGastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)Upper respiratory tract infectionsChronic obstructive pulmonary disease (includes bronchitis and emphysema)Pertussis (whooping cough)Air pollutionACE inhibitors (found in some medications used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease)A2RB’s (Angiotensin Receptor Blockers)Smoking How Is a Chronic Cough Evaluated and Treated? After asking about your medical history, your doctor will perform a thorough head and neck exam. This exam might include a procedure known as a laryngoscopy to examine your larynx, in addition to possible imaging tests as well. Once a diagnosis is made, treatment can begin. If medications are prescribed, they may include: AntihistaminesDecongestantsAsthma drugsAntibioticsAcid blockersCough suppressants Diet and lifestyle changes are often very effective as well.Call Cape Fear Otolaryngology at (910) 323-9222 for our Fayetteville location or (910) 738-1038 for our Lumberton location for more information or to schedule an appointment.