Cough is one of the most common reasons for visits to healthcare providers. Normal coughing is important to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Coughs generally fall into one of the two following categories.

Acute coughs (typically lasting no longer than three weeks) usually begin suddenly because of a cold, flu, or sinus infection.

Chronic coughs (lasting longer than three weeks) are most commonly caused by cigarette smoke, airborne pollutants, postnasal drip, asthma, and bronchitis.

Signs and Symptoms

Depending on the condition causing it, a cough may be accompanied by the following.

  • Upper respiratory tract infection (URI)
  • Postnasal drip
  • Wheezing (possible asthma)
  • Heartburn
  • Vomiting
  • Fever, chills, night sweats
  • Edema, or fluid retention

What Causes It?

  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Irritants inhaled into the airway passages
  • Postnasal drip
  • Certain heart disease or blood pressure medications
  • Aspiration (foreign matter drawn into the lungs)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Lung tumor, in rare cases

Integrative Medicine Treatment Options

We combine the best of conventional medicine with the best of complementary and alternative therapies to give you optimal results.

Here are some options we use at Alliance Integrative Medicine LOCATED IN Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Acupuncture
  • Medication, Herbal Therapies and Supplements

Our cough patients come to us from Indian Hilll, Hyde Park, Loveland, Westchester/Liberty Township and Mason as well as Blue Ash, Finneytown, Reading, Springdale, Terrace Park and from all over the U.S.