Chronic Cough: What You Need to Know

Allergies & Asthma

*Sponsored by Merck

Approximately 5% of adults in America are living with chronic cough, which is defined as a cough that lasts longer than 8 weeks. Patients with the condition commonly cough in “bouts” they cannot control, and usually feel a strong urge to cough before a coughing bout starts.

Chronic cough is commonly associated with other health conditions, such as asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), upper airway cough syndrome and non-asthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis. It can affect both men and women, but the typical patient is a woman in her 50s.

People with chronic cough may experience dizziness, headaches, physical exhaustion, stress urinary incontinence, and sleep disturbance. There also may be a social and emotional impact on patients as well.

To help explain what it’s like to live with chronic cough, including common causes and triggers, Dr. MeiLan Han, a volunteer spokesperson for the American Lung Association, joined Dr. Andrew Ordon on a recent segment on The Doctors.

Caption: Watch Dr. MeiLan Han discuss chronic cough on The Doctors

*Sponsored by Merck

Finding Support

If you are diagnosed with chronic cough, know that you’re not alone. A community of people sharing their own experiences with chronic cough is just a click away on the Chronic Cough Support Community on Inspire. Additionally, visit The Cough Chronicles Resource Center to learn more about the condition and read patient stories. This program is sponsored by Merck, in partnership with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the American Lung Association.

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