Health Tip: Treating a Chronic Cough
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Remedy's effectiveness depends on the cause
By Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- If you've had a cough that's lasted at least eight weeks, you may have a chronic cough. The best way to treat that cough depends on its cause.
The American Academy of Family Physicians says possible causes of a chronic cough include:
- Being a smoker.
- Having allergies, including seasonal allergies or allergies to pets, plants, fumes, smoke or dust.
- Taking a medication that triggers coughing.
- Having asthma that isn't well-controlled by medication.
- Having heartburn.
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