Chronic coughing can be a nuisance, and it can also be a sign of a more serious underlying condition. If you’re experiencing chronic coughing, it’s vital to see a doctor to rule out any potential causes. Dr. Marc Bowen is an experienced pulmonologist in the New York, NY area with over three decades of expertise who can evaluate patients and treat them for chronic coughing concerns.
Some of the more common causes of chronic coughing include:
- Asthma. Asthma is a common cause of chronic coughing. If you have asthma, your airways are chronically inflamed and sensitive to triggers like dust, pollen, smoke, or cold air. When you come into contact with a known trigger, it can cause your airways to constrict, and you may start coughing.
- GERD. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is another typical cause of chronic coughing. GERD occurs when stomach acid or contents back up into your esophagus. This can irritate your esophagus and trigger a cough reflex.
- Postnasal drip. Postnasal drip happens when mucus drains from your sinuses down the back of your throat. This can happen when you have allergies or a sinus infection. The draining mucus can irritate your throat and cause you to cough.
- Smoking. Cigarette smoking is a common cause of chronic coughing because it irritates and damages your lungs. If you smoke, you’re more likely to have a cough that doesn’t go away.
What is the best treatment for chronic cough?
There are a variety of treatments available for chronic coughing, and the best course of treatment will depend on the underlying cause. In many patient cases, lifestyle changes and home remedies can help to reduce or eliminate chronic coughing. Dr. Marc Bowen works directly with patients to help them understand their condition and find a solution that meets their needs.
What do I need to do if I experience a chronic cough?
Speaking with a medical professional is a good idea if you are struggling with chronic cough and are unsure how to treat it. Call 212-480-4062 to request an appointment at either of our two office locations to get a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment solutions for your needs. Dr. Marc Bowen is happy to help answer your questions and help get you on track to treat your condition effectively based on the cause.