NYC Chronic Cough / Bronchitis Treatment
A chronic cough can be a frustrating and embarrassing symptom that interferes with all aspects of everyday life – disturbing sleep, work, and exercise, and potentially causing emotional distress. Unlike an occasional cough brought on by the common cold or the flu, a chronic cough is defined as lasting eight weeks or longer. However, a cough that lasts even one to two weeks can be disruptive and require a medical evaluation. There’s a wide range of possible causes, such as bronchitis and COPD, that can contribute to persistent coughing.
No matter what’s causing your chronic cough, a consultation at our NYC pulmonology practice and chronic cough treatment center is the first step to diagnosing the cause. We know just how distressing and exhausting an uncontrollable cough can be, which is why our practice is committed to personalized care and providing the full range of in-office diagnostic tests. Our NYC chronic cough specialist Dr. Marc Bowen will evaluate your symptoms, pinpoint the underlying problem, and determine the appropriate treatment to improve your quality of life. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with an expert chronic cough doctor.
What causes a chronic cough?
A chronic cough may result from a long list of possible causes – from issues involving the respiratory system, the esophagus, the heart or the sinuses, among other things. Sometimes, a nagging cough can be the first symptom of something as devastating as lung cancer.
Potential causes of a chronic cough may include:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic or asthmatic bronchitis
- Respiratory infections, which include pertussis (whooping cough)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Heart conditions
- Lung cancer
- Chronic lung infections, which include tuberculosis and fungal infections
What symptoms may coincide with a chronic cough?
Along with a chronic cough, it’s also possible that you may experience other related symptoms, such as:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Post-nasal drip
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
- Coughing up blood (hemoptysis)
- Dizziness or light headedness
- Chest discomfort or pain
- Sleep disturbances (obstructive sleep apnea)
There are many things that can contribute to a chronic cough and it’s critical that you seek an evaluation from an experienced pulmonologist and chronic cough doctor to get to the bottom of your particular symptoms. If you are seeking chronic cough treatments, contact our office to schedule an appointment with our respiratory specialist Dr. Bowen as soon as possible.