A cough starts as a protective function of the body to rid itself of infections and irritants but over time it can become nagging and irritating condition which can significantly interfere with your day to day life, job, sleep and even personal relationships
Chest X-rays and not very good at detecting causes of cough. Over the counter antihistamines. cough suppressants and mucolytics have only modest effect in treating cough. Codeine is not routinely recommended to treat cough these days.
How can Prana Health help?
Most cough clinics require a collaboration between pulmonologists, ENT surgeons, allergy specialists and gastroenterologists for testing and diagnosis. This can entail multiple and expensive visits to specialists and significant delay in diagnosis and treatment. Prana Health has the first comprehensive cough clinic in Central North Carolina/ We provide most services provided under one roof, which include:
- Nasal endoscopy
- Direct Laryngoscopy
- Allergy testing
- Laboratory testing
- Full Pulmonary Function testing
- Methacholine Challenge testing
- Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
- Nocturnal Oximetry
- 24 hr pH/impedance monitoring
- Sleep studies
Learn more about the types of coughs below. Chest and sinus X-rays and CT scans are performed at a radiology facility. Bronchoscopy, which is rarely needed, is performed at the hospital.
Acute Cough is less than 2 weeks and is mostly due to viral infection of uppe airway. It cna also be caused by allergies, bacterial infections and medications
Subacute Cough lasts between 2 weeks to 3 months and can be a lingering effect of acute cough, or presage chronic cough. In addition to infections, allergies, irritants it can be from medications, postnasal drip, acid reflex, tuberculosis or even asthma. There is increasing incidence of whooping cough in the community due to waning immunity and change in bacterial structure of Bacillus pertussis, which causes whooping cough.
Chronic Cough is the cough ls the cough lasting more than 3 months. 90%. of chronic cough is duet three causes- postnasal drip (upper airway cough syndrome), acid reflex or asthma. Many patients have more thane cause. In addition, whooping cough, medications (especially a group of medication called ACE inhibits, used to treat blood pressure), tuberculosis, COPD, smoking and a variety of conditions of lung, sinuses and airways can cause chronic cough. Congestive heart failure can present as cough. Lung cancer and other cancers metastasizing to lung can present simply as cough. Neurogenic cough is another important cause of chronic cough arising from excessively sensitive nerves in you larynx. Sleep Apnea is also recognized as cause of chronic cough.
Fevers, night sweats, weight loss, coughing out of blood, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, copious mucus production and a cough that just isn’t going away are all signs you should get more advanced care. Reach out below to learn more!