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What can cause a chronic cough?

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Chronic, or long-term, cough may be caused by the following:

  • Asthma
  • Postnasal drip
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Acid reflux
  • Heart disease
  • Medications such as ACE inhibitors for high blood pressure
  • Lung cancer

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Asthma Triggers and Management" and "Asthma and GERD."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 12, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Asthma Triggers and Management" and "Asthma and GERD."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 12, 2018

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