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Cough

When you develop a cough, you may assume it is a cold or bronchitis and will go away on its own. If the cough does not go away, you may begin to be concerned about its cause. A cough may be the first or only sign of undiagnosed asthma or even symptoms of allergies.

Asthma is a lifelong condition where your airways become inflamed, causing them to swell and narrow as well as produce more mucus. These asthma attacks make it difficult to breathe, causing you to cough or wheeze. Asthma attacks are caused by triggers, such as strong odors or exercise, or even by allergens. About half of adults with asthma also suffer from allergies that make their asthma worse.

Allergies, without asthma, may also cause your cough by increasing the amount of mucus you produce. When the mucus goes down your throat from your nose, you experience postnasal drip. You may cough or clear your throat involuntarily to try to get rid of the mucus.

Indiana University Health physicians provide expert diagnosis and treatment of coughs caused by allergies and asthma. We start your treatment by determining what you are allergic to and if you are suffering from asthma. Once we know the triggers that cause your cough, we develop a treatment plan that is personalized to fit your needs both in the short and long-term. While oral medicines and inhalers can control daily symptoms, immunotherapy and education on avoiding triggers can control allergy and asthma symptoms for years to come.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Cough Treatment Information

Our physicians understand the difficulties associated with allergy and asthma and strive to improve your quality of life through the following services:


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Cough Support Services

Your cough may come from a variety of causes. Learn more about the causes behind your cough at the websites below and be sure to speak to your physician.