How to Treat a Lingering Cough

How to Treat a Lingering Cough

Douglas C. Moody MD, family medicine doctor at Montgomery Family Medicine, discusses the best way to treat the lingering cough that's often associated with a viral illness.

What Causes a Lingering Cough?

A lingering cough often stems from a secondary infection that may include: “A secondary bacterial sinus infection, or a secondary bacterial bronchitis – and those things may linger," Dr. Moody tells Local 12's Liz Bonis. "Sometimes sinus infections can linger for many, many months.” 

What is the Best Way to Treat a Lingering Cough?

Bacterial infections often need antibiotics to alleviate symptoms, Dr. Moody says. For example, if the cough is caused by asthma, you may need a steroid medication to help open the airways.

Overall, “you have to treat the source and figure out the source,” he points out.

If you do have a cough that won’t go away, Dr. Moody recommends visiting your doctor to determine the best treatment option for easing symptoms.

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