COLUMBUS, Ind. (PRWEB) March 06, 2018
A cough that has been present for more than two months is considered ‘chronic’ and should be evaluated by an Allergist. Cough is a common symptom that can be related to a variety of causes including:
- Chronic sinus disease
- Acid reflux
- Other pulmonary disorders
Should I see an Allergist for my cough?
Yes, your Allergist will help you identify if your cough may be related to allergies and/or asthma and guide your care appropriately. Allergists are very familiar with cough as a symptom and can hone in on the underlying cause quickly without simply attempting a trial test with medications.
What will my doctor ask about the cough?
You should expect your Allergist to ask a variety of questions including:
- How long has the cough been present?
- Are you coughing up mucus?
- Do you have sinus pain or pressure?
- Do you feel postnasal drip?
- Do you have acid reflux or notice a metallic taste in your mouth?
- Does your cough vary with the season or specific environmental triggers?
- Do you have wheezing, shortness of breath or chest tightness?
- Do you have a history of smoking?
What testing should I expect to evaluate for cough?
Your Allergist can help identify the cause of your cough by offering testing that may include:
- Skin testing to environmental allergens
- A breathing test called spirometry to assess for asthma
- Imaging that may include a chest x-ray or cat scan of the sinuses
What treatment options are available if my cough is related to allergies?
A cough that is related to allergies is due to allergic rhinitis or asthma. This can be optimized with the following:
- allergen avoidance after environmental skin testing
- medications that may include antihistamines, nose sprays, or inhalers
- allergy shots also known as allergen immunotherapy
Your Allergist will tailor the combination of these therapies to best suite your needs and will ensure your symptom comfort. The board certified Allergists at Allergy Partners looks forward to helping you feel your best without your cough interrupting your day.
Amanda Reed, Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager
Allergy Partners, P.A.
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