Coughing: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2023
What is the treatment?
Cough is a condition we all face from time to time. It could be because of smoke, strong smell, cold weather or any other reason. Cough is generally nothing to be concerned about if it does not long. Chronic cough is a condition where cough lasts over 8 weeks in adults and over 4 weeks in children. It may interrupt your daily activities, hamper your sleep and leave you exhausted. It could be due to postnasal drip, blood pressure drugs, chronic bronchitis, asthma or infections. There are several treatments to treat chronic cough. You must consult a doctor and not try to treat the cough yourself if it has been there for a long time. There are drugs in the form of pills, gel and ointment that can be consumed to get over cough. Cough due to bacterial infection can be treated by consuming antibiotics. Acid blockers and cough suppressants are also used to cure cough.
How is the treatment done?
If you have been suffering from cough for a long time, you may have to go through different tests like X ray, computerised tomography test, lung function tests, scope tests etc. to determine the actual cause of it. If your cough is due to allergies or post nasal drip, there are standard drugs like antihistamines, glucocorticoids and decongestants, to treat the condition. Bacterial infection behind your chronic cough can be cured by antibiotics. If your cough is asthma related, glucocorticoids and bronchodilators are the treatments that will reduce inflammation and clear your airways. Your doctor may prescribe you cough suppressants if these treatments do not work but there is no foolproof evidence of the effectiveness of these suppressants.
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
If you have been suffering from cough for over 8 weeks, you must consult a doctor and get it treated. Children suffering from cough for over 4 weeks should be treated.
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Normal cough for a short period of time is nothing to be worried about. It can be treated by some home remedies.
Are there any side effects?
Cough treatments are generally not known to have any side effects.
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
You must have cough drops and warm liquids to soothe your throat. Liquids will thin the mucus in your throat helping the cough heal sooner. You must avoid the consumption of tobacco and tobacco smoke.
How long does it take to recover?
It may take 2-3 weeks to recover if proper medication is taken.
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Consultation to cure cough may cost around ₹1000- ₹2000.
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
The results of cough treatment are mostly permanent.
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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- Cough in Adults- Merck Manual Consumer Version [internet]. merckmanuals.com 2018 [Cited 24 July 2019]. Available from:
- Cough- NHS inform [Internet]. nhsinform.scot 2019 [Cited 24 July 2019]. Available from:
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