Chronic Cough | Treatment



If you smoke, you should stop. Talk to your doctor about using a nicotine replacement product, a prescription medicine or another method to help you stop smoking.


If you have postnasal drip from allergies, try to avoid the things you are allergic to (allergens). Common allergens include the following:

  • Dust
  • Smoke
  • Pollen, mold and freshly cut grass
  • Pets
  • Certain plants
  • Cleaning agents and room deodorizers
  • Chemical fumes

An over-the-counter (OTC) medicine may help relieve your allergy symptoms, including a cough. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to help you choose one.


If you are taking a medicine that can cause you to cough, your doctor might be able to prescribe another medicine for you. Don't stop taking a prescribed medicine unless your doctor tells you to.


If you have asthma, your doctor will help you decide on the right treatment for your symptoms.


If you have acid reflux, try raising the head of your bed about 4 inches. It might also help to avoid eating or drinking for a few hours before you lie down. Ask your doctor about OTC or prescription medicines that can help relieve the symptoms of acid reflux by reducing or neutralizing the acid in your stomach.

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 09/00