What Are the Risk Factors and Symptoms of Chronic Cough?

What are the risk factors and symptoms of chronic cough?

One of the leading risk factors for chronic cough is being a current or former smoker. Frequent exposure to secondhand smoke also leads to coughing and lung damage. Women are more likely to develop a chronic cough than are men for they tend to have more-sensitive cough reflexes.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • A feeling of liquid running down the back of your throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Frequent throat clearing and sore throat
  • Heartburn or a sour taste in your mouth
  • Hoarseness
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • In rare cases, coughing up blood
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