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A persistent cough that lasts for eight weeks or more in adults or four weeks or more in children is called a chronic cough. It is a common sign of a number of different health problems, such as:

  • Asthma
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) (GERD)
  • Allergies
  • Postnasal drip
  • Infections of the lungs like bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Lung cancers

Chronic coughing can cause other problems, like wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and tiredness. If you have a cough that doesn’t go away, you should talk to a doctor because it could be a sign of something serious that needs to be treated.

Here are the Differential Diagnosis Of Chronic Cough that you need to remember. This can be easily memorised through a mnemonic

Differential Diagnosis Of Chronic Cough (Mnemonics) :

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Postnasal drip (due to allergies or sinusitis)
  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Psychogenic cough
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR)
  • Asthma
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Vocal cord dysfunction
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Drug-induced cough (such as with ACE inhibitors)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Non-specific cough syndrome
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Habit cough

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