News, Throat / February 17, 2021
By: Kelly Warf, Au.D.
Michael Layland, M.D.
Many are surprised to learn that the issue behind their chronic cough is not a cold, but rather due to gastroesophageal reflux or GERD. The U.S. Library of Medicine found that GERD was associated in 25% or more cases of chronic coughing. The GERD cough is a dry cough that worsens at night and lasts longer than 8 weeks.
GERD occurs when part of the stomach’s acidic content move up through the throat. Often times people experience heartburn which does not resolve with antacids. In extreme cases, people may have trouble swallowing, nausea or vomiting, respiratory problems, or decay in tooth enamel.
If you experience coughing due to GERD, try these lifestyle adjustments to eliminate or minimize the effects.
If you take the steps listed above and your cough does not resolve, medication may be needed or different diagnosis (i.e., allergies, post nasal drip) may be the cause of your cough. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, please schedule an appointment with us today so we can determine the underlying cause and create a treatment plan. Schedule your appointment at the Ear, Nose, and Throat Center today. Call 847-685-1000
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