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Can Dry Cough Turn Chronic?

Asked for Female, 103 Years
What is the reason for dry cough that is persistent since months? Can dry cough turn chronic or have underlying health concerns?
7 Months ago
Answers (4)

Dr. Arjun Saini

ENT Ghaziabad

Yes Dry cough can be chronic. There are 3 Major underlying conditions - 1) Acid reflux, 2) Allergy , 3) Tuberculosis. Based on other symptoms and performing Endoscopy in OPD, one can ascertain the specific cause.

Dr. Arjun Saini

ENT Ghaziabad

Yes Dry cough can be chronic. There are 3 Major underlying conditions - 1) Acid reflux, 2) Allergy , 3) Tuberculosis. Based on other symptoms and performing Endoscopy in OPD, one can ascertain the specific cause.

Dr. Murari Kaimal

ENT Thiruvananthapuram

Some dry coughs are Post viral infection which may settle down after a few weeks. But, majority of the dry coughs maybe secondary to airway allergies like Bronchial asthma/ bronchitis, which may show an episodic or seasonal pattern. Some can be secondary to more serious conditions like heart or lung disorders which may need further expert management of the same. Another very common cause is GORD+LPR ie acid-reflux to throat leading to chronic irritation and cough. A small fraction may also be a side effect of some medications, especially secondary to certain anti-hypertensive medications, which tend to stop once the medicine is stopped. A persisting cough for more than 6 weeks can be TB also but is usually associated with phlegm or blood and is not typically dry. As most of the time cough is a symptom of an underlying serious condition, it is advised to get a comprehensive health checkup with your doctor to identify the root cause and avoid self-medication.

Dr. Ambili P Panicker

ENT Alappuzha

Hi Shrdha, you have to give a more detailed history of your symptoms so that we can pinpoint to a diagnosis. And then it needs treatment or sometimes just a lifestyle modification, based on the diagnosis which can help relieve the symptoms. If not, there is a chance it can turn chronic. Hope you get evaluated well and get better soon.