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A common cough can have many causes including allergy, lung problems, e.g asthma, post nasal drip, habit, and reflux, which means that the symptom could be addressed by different medical specialists. More sinister causes include lung cancer, whooping cough, and chronic obstructive airway disease (COAD), and side effects of anti-hypertensive medications, called ACE inhibitors, can also provoke chronic cough. Chronic cough is defined as a cough that lasts longer than 8 weeks and does not convey any benefit to the sufferer. Long term coughing can result in psychosocial problems with the sufferer in their relationships, jobs and activities, it can also cause sleeping disorders, urinary incontinence, musculoskeletal problems and anxiety regarding the origin of the cough. Adequate diagnosis by a physician can lead to cure in 90% of cases.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by LAtimes.com
About: Coughing issues
Date: 26 December 2005
Author: Shari Roan
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