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Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

Chronic Cough

Coughing is the body’s natural way of eliminating excess secretions, irritants and potential harmful substances from our airways. Chronic cough, defined as regular coughing episodes for more than six to eight weeks, affects up to 20 percent of the adult population. Allergists and immunologists at the University of Mississippi Medical Center have specific expertise in the diagnosis and management of chronic cough.

Often, up to 80 percent of the time, chronic cough is a result of chronic postnasal drainage, hidden asthma or gastrointestinal reflux (GERD). Less common causes include infections, tumors or other growths in the airway; psychological (habit) cough; and side-effects of certain medications.


  • Evaluation, including medical and symptom history, physical examination and laboratory and/or radiology assessments (fiber-optic rhinoscopy, sinus CT, chest X-ray or CT scan, allergy skin testing and/or spirometry)
  • Consultation, when indicated, with other subspecialties, such as otolaryngology (ENT), pulmonology, gastroenterology and infectious diseases specialists.
  • Individualized treatment based on patient’s unique needs and any underlying conditions