Allergies

Allergies and Cough

This article will deal with the question of allergic cough. What causes cough when it is related to allergies?

Cough can be caused by many reasons. It might occur because of the common cold or acute sinusitis. Often cough is caused by allergic rhinitis. It is the most common respiratory problem. How does this condition occur?

How does allergies and cough occur?

When you are allergic to some substance it causes your nose membranes to become inflamed and produce phlegm. When this phlegm drains from your nose to the back of your throat it will cause irritation to the throat, which produces cough. The draining of phlegm form the back of the nose into the throat is referred to as post nasal drip. Therefore, the cough occurs because the throat is congested and you need to clear the phlegm out of it. The post nasal drip can be due to rhinitis or sinusitis.

Rhinitis: inflammation in the nasal passages
Sinusitis: inflammation in the nasal cavities

Treatments

There are several methods to fight the symptoms of allergic cough. The allergy itself is something that cannot be cured with medication. This is because allergy is caused by the body being oversensitive to a substance such as pollen in the air or food proteins. Therefore, the best way to avoid allergic cough is to avoid the substance that causes it. If this is impossible then medications can be used to temporarily deal with the symptoms.

Medications for allergic couch:

Cough suppressing agents
Oral antihistamines
These drugs will inhibit the reaction in the body against the substance it is fighting. Side effects include drowsiness.
Nasal steroids
These reduce the amount of phlegm in order to reduce the symptoms of the cough. Side effects sometimes include nose bleeds.
Nasal sprays
These utilize antihistamines in order to diminish the production of phlegm.
Decongestants

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