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One of the most aggravating conditions is chronic cough. It can interfere with sleep, school, work and social life. There are several potential causes of chronic cough including allergies, asthma and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Allergies can cause post nasal drip which in turn causes throat irritation inducing the cough. Chronic cough is one of the most common symptoms of asthma. People with asthma often have inflammed airways and thick mucus. Their airways are also tend hypersensitive to irritants resulting in the cough. Cough may be worse at night and early morning. The cough of patients with GERD is caused by the reflux of stomach acid up through the esophagus causing throat irritation.
Regardless the cause, this frustrating symptom can be managed once the underlying disease state is correctly diagnosed.
Southern Allergy and Asthma PC