Dr. Reza - Specialist in Treating Chronic Cough

This remains an area of special interest for me. Cure rates of nearly 100% I have managed to achieve both here and in the UK.

Cough is a reflex action to get rid of any irritant in the respiratory system. This can be right from the nose to the alveoli in the lungs.

Cough can be acute, sub-acute or chronic depending on the duration it has been present.

Acute and sub-acute cough lasts upto 8 weeks or 2 months, and is usually due to viral upper respiratory tract infection. These usually settle down or improve by themselves or with the help of cough suppressants available in most pharmacies.

Severe cough can lead to fractured ribs, loss of consciousness and urinary incontinence.

Chronic cough is defined as any cough which has been present for more than 2 months. It can be a cause for social embarrassment specially for the younger population. It can decrease quality of life and hinder work/ decrease performance for some professionals like singers, actors, teachers etc.

Some causes of chronic cough
  • Asthma
  • Sinus problems
  • Throat problems
  • Acidity/reflux
  • TB
  • Cancer
  • Some medicines
  • Anxiety
Tests required to diagnose Chronic cough
  • Chest X-ray
  • X-ray of the sinuses
  • Pulmonary Function Test with reversibility
  • Blood tests eosinophil count and serum IeG level
Treatment
  • Will depend on the underlying cause (which requires to be diagnosed accurately).
  • Warm saline gurgling and steam inhalation helps in most cases of sinus and throat problems.
  • Lozenges (medicated) and cloves etc help in soothing the throat and may be used for temporary relief till the medicines take effect.
When to see a specialist Chest Physician
  • If it lasts for more than 2 months
  • Associated with fever
  • Associated with breathlessness
  • If you have been coughing up blood
  • If you have been losing weight
  • If there is any chest pain
  • Every heavy smoker

If you have a chronic cough and if you are a smoker get a lung function test done you might have undiagnosed chronic bronchitis or COPD.

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