Chronic cough

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - It may be one of the most common symptoms of illness but sometimes a cough just never goes away.

We show you how to handle a chronic cough in this week's Neighborhood Healthwatch.

Dr. Edwin Robinson, in Henrico, is on the case.

A cough is considered chronic is one that lasts for 8 weeks or more.

There could be many causes: smoking; allergies; postnasal drip and certain medicines.

Asthma and heartburn could also be to blame. In some cases there may be a more serious underlying condition such as a malignancy, tuberculosis, pneumonia or other airway disease.

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