What is Chronic Cough

Chronic cough is a persistent cough that lasts for at least eight weeks, and often much longer. Although cough is a common symptom of many lung diseases, chronic cough can’t always be linked to another disease or condition and it often doesn’t respond to treatment. If you have chronic cough it can feel like a burden on your daily life, with lack of sleep, mental and physical exhaustion and social stigma impacting your quality of life.

Key Points

Chronic cough symptoms include:

  • Lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Allergies, sinus problems and digestive issues (such as gastroesophageal reflux or GERD)
  • Medications
  • Smoking

General Overview

Common symptoms that often go along with chronic cough include:

  • A feeling of liquid dripping down the back of your throat
  • Heartburn
  • Hoarse voice
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffed nose
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

Am I at Risk

  • Smokers
  • People with a weakened immune system

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