Chronic Cough

A cough is considered chronic if it lasts for eight weeks or longer.

Causes of Chronic Cough

The common causes of chronic cough include:

  • Acid reflux
  • Allergies
  • Asthma or other lung diseases
  • Infections
  • Postnasal drip
  • Smoking
  • Laryngeal sensory neuropathy

Treating Chronic Cough

Janis Deane, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, (left) and Barbara Schultz, M.D., (right) look for signs of chronic cough.

Treatment for chronic cough involves treating the underlying cause, such as: 

  • Acid blockers and dietary modifications for acid reflux
  • Antihistamines and mucus-thinning treatments for allergies and postnasal drip
  • Inhaled asthma drugs for asthma-related coughs
  • Antibiotics for bacterial infections
  • Smoking cessation
  • Neuromodulators for laryngeal sensory neuropathy

Often, our speech therapy team will be employed to help reduce the coughing severity and frequency with the use of cough suppression techniques.

Request an Appointment

If you experience difficulty breathing, we can help. To schedule an appointment with one of our laryngologists, or for more information about our services, call 214-645-8300.