More than just being a sign of serious illnesses, Persistent Cough in itself is a chronic issue. It establishes underlying causes like bronchitis, cancer, TB and other illnesses. A persistent cough is one that goes on for more than 4 weeks with milder withdrawal symptoms in between but the cough comes back with a vigour. There can also be vomiting and some blood in the mucus.
HOW IS PERSISTENT COUGH DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will ask about medical history and perform a physical exam. The doctor may also order tests to look for the cause of the cough.
• Computerized tomography (CT) scans.
• Lung function tests
HOW IS PERSISTENT COUGH TREATED?
Treatment is based on diagnosis. Antihistamines, glucocorticoids and decongestants are given as primary treatment course. Antibiotics and cough suppressants also help.
DID YOU KNOW?
Persistent Cough usually disappears once the underlying problem is treated.