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Chronic Cough Specialist

Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Tempe, AZ & Mesa, AZ

A chronic cough is more than just a nuisance, it may be a symptom of a more serious health issue. At Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd., allergy experts Suresh Anand, MD, FACP, FCCP, and Miriam Anand, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, can determine the underlying cause of your chronic cough. They conduct comprehensive evaluations to fully understand you and your health so you get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. To get relief from your chronic cough, call the office in Tempe, Mesa, or Chandler, Arizona, or book online today.

Chronic Cough Q & A

What is a chronic cough?

A cough that lasts eight or more weeks is a chronic cough. But an ongoing cough isn’t only annoying, it may affect your sleep and quality of life. 

In addition to the cough, you may also experience other symptoms, such as:

  • Runny nose
  • Sour taste in the back of your mouth
  • Heartburn
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness
  • Sore throat
  • Constantly needing to clear your throat

If your chronic cough is affecting your day-to-day life, the team at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. can help.

What causes a chronic cough?

Identifying the cause of your chronic cough isn’t always easy. The most common causes include:

  • Allergies
  • Postnasal drip
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Respiratory infections
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Smoking

Though less common, your chronic cough may also develop from serious health conditions such as lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, or sarcoidosis. 

What can I expect during a chronic cough consultation?

When you visit Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. for a chronic cough consultation, you can expect a thorough evaluation. 

The team schedules a 2- to 3-hour block of time for your initial appointment. They want to know details about your chronic cough, including when it started and what makes it worse. 

During your consultation, your specialist asks detailed questions about your cough and related symptoms. They review your personal medical history, family history, and day-to-day activities. The team may also inquire about environmental exposures that may trigger your coughing.

After your interview, your provider conducts a physical exam and may request diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out the underlying cause of your chronic cough. Testing may include:

  • Bloodwork
  • Chest X-ray
  • Endoscopy
  • Allergy testing
  • Lung function test

Your specialist aims to find the cause of your cough by the end of your initial consultation so they can provide the best solution. 

How is a chronic cough treated?

The team at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. develops individualized treatment plans for your chronic cough based on the underlying cause. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Antihistamines
  • Corticosteroids
  • Decongestants
  • Inhalants
  • Antibiotics
  • Antacid medication

The team may also recommend lifestyle changes to ease your coughing, such as drinking plenty of fluids and using a cool-mist humidifier to keep the air you breathe moist.

To schedule your chronic cough evaluation so you can finally get relief, contact Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd., by phone or book online today.