Coughing Up the Details

A new cough usually develops as a result of an upper-respiratory infection from a common cold. Coughs of this type can last up to two months, in which case it would qualify as a “chronic” cough (medically defines as one that lasts more than three to four weeks). The most likely culprits of chronic coughs are postnasal drip, asthma, acid reflux, and the use of the blood pressure medications known as ACE inhibitors (such as lisinopril and ramipril). Unless an ACE inhibitor is causing a chronic cough, it may be difficult to make a diagnosis based on symptoms alone. In such cases, the doctor may recommend a trial medication to target the suspected cause to assess the drug’s efficacy.

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Hint: It is important to contact your doctor immediately if you are coughing up blood.