A cough is your body’s way of clearing your throat of mucus or other irritants. The most common cause of a cough is an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus or a bacteria, such as the common cold. When your cough doesn’t go away, we call it a chronic cough. Chronic coughs can develop when the airway becomes swollen and full of extra mucus from conditions such as asthma and allergies.
A cough that does not go away can make it difficult to work, sleep, or participate in the activities you enjoy. Columbia Allergy can help find the cause of your chronic cough through lung function tests and allergy tests offered at the clinics. These tests include spirometry, bronchoprovocation and peak expiratory flow tests, as well as skin prick and intradermal allergy tests.
Once the cause of your cough is found, the specialists at Columbia Allergy will create a customized treatment plan to manage your cough. This treatment plan may include inhaled medications, injectable biologics, subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots) or sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). You may also be a candidate for our ultrasound-guided intralymphatic immunotherapy (ILIT) treatment in Fremont, California that can provide faster results! If you are suffering from a chronic cough, call your nearest location or schedule an appointment online today!