All You Need to Know About Chronic Cough
Does your child have a chronic cough? A chronic cough is a cough that lasts four weeks or longer in children. Chronic cough is one of the most common reasons kids are taken to the doctor. And that's not surprising, given that coughing is a symptom of a host of medical conditions. Fortunately, chronic cough usually disappears once the underlying problem is treated. Led by Dr. Brian Bezack, Bezack Pediatric Pulmonology in Commack, NY, provides state-of-the-art care to children with pulmonary diseases.
Symptoms- A chronic cough can occur with other signs and symptoms, which may include a stuffy nose, sore throat, frequent throat clearing, hoarseness, wheezing, or heartburn. Severe cases of chronic cough can cause lightheadedness, vomiting, and even rib fractures. Coughing is more than just an annoyance. A cough can interrupt children's sleep and leave them feeling exhausted.
Causes- Coughing can have causes that aren't due to disease. Examples include normal clearing of airways, irritants such as smoke or improperly swallowing liquids and foods. Chronic cough may also be caused by the common cold, influenza, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, lung cancer, asthma, acid reflux, and sarcoidosis.
Diagnosis- Coughing is common in children, and is usually short-lived. See a pediatric pulmonologist if you have your child has a cough that lingers for weeks. At your appointment, the pulmonologist will obtain a detailed medical history, evaluate your child's symptoms, and perform a physical examination. The doctor may also order tests to look for the cause of your child's chronic cough.
Treatment- The main treatment for chronic cough should be based on the underlying cause. For example, bronchodilators and anti-inflammatory medications may be given for asthma; antibiotics may be given for bacterial pneumonia. Children with viral infections may receive supportive care, including oxygen or bronchodilators as needed. Your child's pulmonologist may also recommend over-the-counter mucous thinning agents and cough suppressing medications.
Ready to take charge of your child's health? Call Bezack Pediatric Pulmonology at 631-499-1298 now to schedule a consultation in Commack, NY. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at our office!
Is your child showing symptoms of chronic cough? Contact Brian Bezack, DO, PLLC, located in Commack, NY,
at (631) 499-1298 to book an appointment!