A chronic cough is one that lasts eight weeks or longer. It can impair your feeling of wellbeing, interfere with your sleep and alienate your friends and colleagues. Diagnosing the etiology of chronic cough can be difficult.
See a trained and experienced specialist
At Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates of Tampa Bay, our physicians are board certified in allergy/immunology and internal medicine. Over the years we have treated many patients with chronic cough. The majority of these patients have chronic cough because of postnasal drip, asthma, allergies, or acid reflux. Chronic cough can also be caused by chronic infections, certain anti-hypertensive medications, or vocal chord dysfunction.
Recovery begins with an accurate diagnosis
We begin by obtaining a complete medical history and performing a physical examination to gather important information about your health. This informs us as to the medications you take, your symptoms, your past medical history, social history, and general feeling of well-being. Lung function tests, chest x-rays, and rhinoscopy will assist in identifying the underlying cause of your cough.
Targeted treatment makes all the difference
Once we identify the cause of your cough, we will recommend a carefully planned treatment program, which may include:
- Antihistamine, decongestant, nasal medications
- Lifestyle changes
- Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots)
- Asthma treatment and prevention program
- Elimination of the underlying cause, such as chronic sinusitis or acid reflux
Trusted experience, leadership, and commitment
Our team of physicians and healthcare professionals are highly experienced and trained to provide you with the best care. Our physicians are known nationally and internationally for leadership in their specialty and for conducting leading-edge basic and clinical research. They are committed to your personal healthcare.