Chronic cough is a dry, repetitive cough that will not go away despite supportive treatment. It can be seen with chronic postnasal drip, medication exposure (ACE inhibitors), the common cold, smoke exposure, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), bronchial illness or infection, asthma, exposure to environmental dust or chemical irritants, and lung disease.
As listed above, the causes of this disorder are many and a long history and elimination process is usually required to make a proper diagnosis.
The doctor will discuss all your medications, your exposures, and your past medical history. Chest X ray, allergy testing, gastro-esophageal testing, and pulmonary function testing may all be needed to find the correct cause of your problems.
The treatment of this condition is varied and will depend upon the cause of your cough. Pulmonary medications or gastric medications may be needed to treat your condition. Continued follow-up is essential as the physician pursues diagnosis of your problem.