A cough that persists and doesn’t go away is a chronic cough. It is not a disease in itself, but a symptom of another, underlying condition.
What causes a chronic cough?
Common causes of chronic cough include:
- Acid Reflux
- Sinus infections
- Inhaling foreign objects into the lungs (usually in children)
- Smoking Cigarettes
- Whooping cough
- Some medications used for treating high blood pressure
- Congestive heart failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
If you are experiencing a persistent chronic cough, it is important to visit a doctor for an evaluation to determine the cause. Your doctor will work with you to determine a treatment depending on the cause of the cough.