We all have had a cough for a couple days to perhaps a week after picking up a cold or the flu. However, after three to four weeks of coughing it is not unusual to start to wonder what might be causing our cough.

While some of us will start to get a bit concerned that our cough could be something as serious as cancer, the good news is taht cough that continues to linger often is not cancer and could be something as simple as heartburn (gasteroesophagel reflux also known as GERD), post nasal, asthma or bronchitis.

At Nielsen Clinic (Calgary), we can help you find the cause of your health concern and through our customized approach in developing your treatment plan we have helped our patients overcome their chronic coughs. 

Below are sections offering information for common questions as well as various elements of chronic coughs.

+ What is a chronic cough?

A chronic cough is a cough that for more than three to eight weeks and in some cases it may last for months or even years.

A chronic cough can interrupt sleep, affect energy levels and affect day to day work and personal performance.

+ What causes chronic coughs?

For nonsmokers, a chronic cough can be frustrating, embarrassing and exhausting. There are several reasons as to why you may have a persistent cough below are the most common reasons for a chronic cough.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Most people are surprised that GERD can cause persistent coughs without heartburn. Approximately one-third of individuals with GERD are pain-free and often have a chronic cough, recurrent laryngitis, or unexplained sore throats.

Postnasal drip: Individuals with postnasal drip will experience a cough more at night time and often have a sensation of a tickling feeling at the back of their throats, irritated or sore.

Asthma: Asthma coughs typically shows up as a persistent dry cough that occurs throughout the day and night.

Chronic bronchitis: typically occurs when the bronchial tubes are inflamed for a prolonged period.

Medications: medications can cause chronic coughs.

+ What are symptoms of chronic coughs?

The most common symptoms are a cough that is persistent and can sound dry or wet.

+ Self-care & Prevention - Chronic Coughs

Diet: reduce carbohydrates and increasing protein and vegetables can improve your immune function.

Reduce Stress: stress can affect your chronic yeast infection symptoms. Take some time for yourself and reduce your stress.

+ Chronic Coughs Treatment - How We Can Help

Step 1 - Listen and understand your concerns: Listen to your health concerns, symptoms, review your health history and do a general physical examination.

Step 2 - Start your treatment plan to address your main areas of concern: Start your initial treatment plan to address your chronic cough by addressing the symptoms you are struggling with.

Step 3 - Treating your cause: Tailor your treatment to address underlying reason for your chronic cough to help you.


Natural Cough Treatment

NIELSEN CLINIC 3R's (Remove, Restore & Recover)

Remove

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Remove: Start addressing chronic cough by address the symptoms you are struggling the most with.

 Restore

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Restore: Reduce inflammation and address the underlying factor causing your cough (GERD, post-nasal, asthma, etc). 

Recover

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Recover: Tailoring your treatment may decrease or eliminate your chronic cough symptoms and feel better. Say goodbye to signs and symptoms of chronic cough.