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What does your persistent cough mean?

Is your cough just a hard-to-shake cold or something more serious?

Teen girl coughs into handYou’ve been coughing for weeks. You can’t sleep. It’s embarrassing. It disrupts your social life. It’s more than just an annoyance. How do you know what it means?

A chronic or persistent cough — one lasting more than 8 weeks — is a common occurrence.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a cough is one of the 5 most common reasons for a doctor’s visit. Chronic/persistent cough affects men, women and children.

Chronic cough is treatable

The most common causes are post-nasal drip syndrome, acid reflux disease (GERD), and asthma. Other causes, not as common, are ACE inhibitor cough, pertussis (whooping cough) and bronchitis. While it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint the problem that’s triggering your cough, ADC’s Cough Center doctors are committed to the thorough evaluation and treatment of your cough.

Most chronic coughs typically disappear once the underlying problem is treated.