Posted by: Matt | 2019/06/11


My mother is 72 and has a chronic cough.

She has seen an allergist and also has ongoing appointments with a (pulminory?) specialist. Nobody seems to be able to give any sort of explanation of what causes this cough. I am concerned that the cough may be getting worse. She thinks that it is no big deal because she has learned to live with it and doctors have not found and areas of concern to this point. However, I am concerned of what may surface in the future, whether this is a symptom of another more rare issue, or even that this cough could be taking a toll on her increasingly frail body. Should I be concerned??

Expert's Reply


Cough Expert
- 2019/06/13

You will first need to allow the specialist to determine what the underlying cause is.  There are many causes of cough.  Common ones include post-nasal drip and acid coming up the food pipe.  Some medications can also cause cough.  On the other hand, it may be due to an intrinsic lung problem.  I would recommend that your mother sees a good pulmonologist.  If you are not getting anywhere, then get a second opinion.

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