Chronic cough, lasting more than 8 weeks, is considered a chronic condition. It is estimated that over 10% of the global population suffers from chronic cough. Cough, a seemingly trivial symptom, can severely impact the quality of life and is one of the most common health problems that prompts patients to seek medical consultation.
Causes of chronic cough
Cough is present in nearly all respiratory diseases and beyond. The causes of chronic cough are varied, with some of the most frequent being smoking, adverse reactions to medication for high blood pressure, allergies, or gastroesophageal reflux. Additionally, chronic cough can be associated with ENT diseases such as rhinitis, sinusitis, as well as chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma. Confirming the etiology of chronic cough often requires a laborious process involving multiple diagnostic tests and multidisciplinary consultations involving specialists such as pulmonologists, allergists, cardiologists, neurologists, and more.
Consulting a pulmonologist
If you have been coughing for an extended period, a pulmonologist is the specialist who can help you resolve this issue. Avoid unnecessary antibiotic treatments, as the causes of cough are often non-infectious. Remember, cough can be a manifestation of a serious underlying condition.