Coughing is a normal reaction when there are irritants in the lungs. An occasional cough can remove mucus or fluids from the lungs to prevent infection and improve breathing. When a cough is persistent and lasts for several weeks, it is considered a chronic cough. There are many possible causes of a chronic cough – diagnosis is needed to determine the best treatment. Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor offers acute and chronic cough treatment and diagnostic testing at our urgent care center in the Los Angeles, CA, area.
Causes of Chronic Coughing
Colds, flus, allergies, sinus congestion and many respiratory conditions can result in coughing, but this is usually temporary. Treatment to control the respiratory condition can relieve a cough, as well as over-the-counter cough medications. When coughing continues beyond a temporary illness, it may be a sign of a lung infection. Patients should seek diagnosis for possible bronchitis or pneumonia if coughing is severe.
For chronic coughs, diagnosis is needed for the underlying cause. Some possible causes of ongoing cough symptoms include:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Whooping cough, tuberculosis (TB) and other lung infections
There are also more severe health conditions that can cause a lingering cough. Pulmonary and cystic fibrosis, sarcoidosis and lung cancer are rare, but possible causes of chronic coughs. It is important to determine the source of lung and throat irritation to eliminate these possible serious health conditions.
Treatment for the underlying condition can provide relief for a chronic cough. Our board certified physicians at Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor can perform the needed diagnostic testing to determine the cause of your cough and provide treatment to give you relief.
There are medications that can relieve your coughing symptoms. Common medications for chronic coughs include bronchial inhalers, decongestants, acid blockers, antibiotics and antihistamines.
If you have a cough that is keeping you awake at night, worsening or becoming chronic, contact our medical team at Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor. We offer same day appointments at our urgent care center in the Los Angeles, CA, area, as well as house calls. Call us today to book your cough diagnosis and treatment visit.