A persistent cough interrupts your sleep and affects your ability to work and enjoy life. There’s also a good chance it’s caused by allergies or asthma. The board certified physicians at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates are uniquely qualified to identify the cause of your cough and provide the best treatment. Call or schedule an appointment online to visit the doctors at any of their three locations in North Texas: Texas Health Dallas, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, and Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.
The type of cough caused by the common cold or an infection typically lasts 2-3 weeks. By comparison, a chronic cough lasts eight weeks or longer in adults and four weeks or more in children. Chronic coughs also develop from different causes. Asthma, postnasal drip, and gastroesophageal reflux disease account for up to 90% of all cases of chronic cough. Lingering coughs may also stem from allergies, smoking, and lung conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Chronic cough usually has one cause, but about one-fourth of patients have multiple causes.
Two of the three top causes of chronic cough — asthma and postnasal drip — are directly associated with allergies. Asthma is the second most frequent cause of chronic cough in adults and the leading cause in children. Allergies and asthma commonly occur together in the same patient because both conditions are triggered by allergens like pollen, pet dander, mold, and dust. An asthma-related cough may get worse due to seasonal allergies.
Allergies, especially allergic rhinitis (hay fever), can cause sinus infections and postnasal drip, both of which lead to chronic coughs. Postnasal drip occurs when excess mucus from the nose accumulates in the throat, irritating the throat and causing repeated coughing. Postnasal drip may cause other symptoms, like feeling you need to clear your throat, but a cough is often its only symptom.
If you’re like most people, you may not think about consulting an allergy specialist for a cough, but their expertise in allergic rhinitis, sinus infections, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder is exactly what you need to get to the underlying cause of a chronic cough. The doctors at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating these health problems, even when it takes a lot of detective work to determine the underlying cause.
Please don’t wait to get relief from your cough. Consider contacting North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates when you have:
Suffering from a persistent cough is exhausting; it affects the quality of life and disrupts sleep. In some cases, people with chronic cough may develop headaches and dizziness, and they’ve been known to break their ribs, lose bladder control, and pass out. Getting relief from a chronic cough is all the reason you need to consult with our physicians, but getting the proper treatment will also prevent these kinds of complications.
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"Dr. Safdarian was extremely detailed and took her time during my first appointment where I was getting tested to see what I was allergic to."
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"This is one of the best patient experience I have had. Considering that allergy shots are a multi year commitment - they make it easy by having all day shot hours."
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