Chronic Cough (cont.)
John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
George Schiffman, MD, FCCP
Dr. Schiffman received his B.S. degree with High Honors in biology from Hobart College in 1976. He then moved to Chicago where he studied biochemistry at the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle. He attended Rush Medical College where he received his M.D. degree in 1982 and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of California, Irvine.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- What is chronic cough?
- What are causes of chronic cough?
- What are the different types of coughs?
- How is chronic cough treated?
- Are there home remedies for chronic cough?
- Can chronic cough be prevented?
- Find a local Pulmonologist in your town
What are the different types of coughs?
There are several different types of chronic (or persistent) cough.
- A dry cough is a cough that does not produce any mucus, is irritating to the lungs and throat and may be a sign of a viral infection or sinus problems.
- A wet cough is a cough that produces mucus (sputum), and depending on the color, may indicate a bacterial infection.
- A stress cough is a reflexive spasm of the airways caused when you are under stress. It usually produces no mucus and is not generally related to infections.
- A 'barking' cough is usually found in children, and may be associated with croup or other viral illness.
- A cough that causes a 'whooping' sound after the cough may be indicative of a serious infection and should be evaluated by a doctor.
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