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Allergic Cough – Overview

An allergic cough is a term commonly used to describe a fit of coughing caused by allergies. This occurs simultaneously when a patient is exposed to allergic substances and may also occur when the person is suffering from a common cold or an allergic reaction. Treatment of such affliction can easily be provided by a General physician or an experienced pediatrician.

Symptoms

Sinus and middle ear infections mostly accompany an allergic cough. These are considered as indirect effects rather than direct symptoms. The most common symptoms that are visible during an allergic cough is that it can last for as long as the allergies are present in the body and the signs are generally immediate as soon as the patient is exposed to allergies.

Causes

There are a variety of reasons that result in allergic cough causes. It is an overreacting immune system to certain substances which causes an allergy in the body of the patient. The following are the causes of such an affliction:

  • Pollen
  • Overresponsive immune system
  • Genetically transmitted traits
  • Presence of allergen
  • A release of histamine in the body
  • Mistaken immune response to harmless substances

Diagnosis

An allergic cough specialist has a variety of ways to diagnose such afflictions with ease. A skin prick test may be performed by a general physician to determine the depth of the problem.

Treatment

Treatment for allergic cough may vary depending on its type and intensity. Generally, medications such as antihistamine, decongestants, and nasal steroids may be prescribed.
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