Coughing is usually a healthy response to clear debris from your lungs or airways. But a cough that doesn’t improve or is accompanied by symptoms like wheezing is a red flag alerting you to seek treatment for an underlying health condition. Our experienced team at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates in Tampa and Brandon, Florida, specializes in diagnosing and managing chronic coughs. We help patients finally find relief from relentless coughing. Call the nearest office today or book an appointment online if you or your child needs medical care for a severe or long-lasting cough.
Coughing is your body’s way of preventing harmful substances from accidentally entering your lungs and expelling irritating substances or excess mucus from your airways.
When you cough, your chest and abdomen muscles push air out of your lungs, forcing the unwanted substance out and preventing complications like infections.
It’s healthy and necessary to cough occasionally, especially when you have a respiratory illness like a cold or the flu. Coughs caused by an acute illness usually improve in a few days or weeks.
A chronic cough lasts longer than four weeks in children and eight weeks in adults. Constant coughing signals an underlying health problem that needs medical care.
Chronic coughing is often a symptom of problems like:
However, a long-lasting cough can also signal severe lung conditions like emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
You don’t need to wait four to eight weeks before seeking medical help for a cough. If you or your child has a cough lasting several weeks, have it evaluated by the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates team. After they complete a comprehensive evaluation, they can manage the underlying condition or, if needed, refer you to a lung specialist.
You might have other symptoms, depending on the cough’s underlying cause. You could experience:
Many people with a chronic cough feel fatigued, often because the cough prevents them from getting a good night’s sleep.
During your visit, your provider identifies any red flags, like smoking, exposure to environmental irritants, and difficulty breathing. They could also need to run bloodwork, perform lung function testing, or get X-rays or a CT scan.
After diagnosing the problem, your provider creates personalized treatment targeting the cause of your cough. That could include several possible treatments, from avoiding triggers and allergens to inhalers, taking medication, or getting allergy shots.
Don’t wait too long to get help for an ongoing cough. Call Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates today or connect online to request an appointment.