Chronic Cough | Treatment

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Smoking

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.

Allergies

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.

Medicines

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.

Asthma

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

Heartburn

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 familydoctor.org editorial staff

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

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