When air passages in the body are triggered, your cough is the reflex that works to remove whatever is irritating your throat or lungs. Coughing can be provoked by a number of different causes.
- Sinus infections
- Upper respiratory infections
- GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
Although there are many causes of chronic cough, these are some of the main and most effective triggers.
Depending on the severity of your cough, your doctor may prescribe medicine, take x-rays, administer lab tests, and/or do an ear, nose, and throat examination.
Different treatments may include:
- Cough suppressants
- Acid blockers
- Asthma medication
There are also many lifestyle changes that you can implicate such as quitting smoking, drinking lots of water, or using a cool mist humidifier to add moisture to the air while sleeping.