Cough in Bakersfield
Having a cough is a symptom of a wide range of conditions. However, there are often underlying causes of a cough that can be treated at Bakersfield Sinus Center. We are proud to offer cough treatments to patients living in Porterville, Bakersfield, CA and nearby cities.
What is a Cough?
A cough is a common symptom of diseases, infections, and other conditions that primarily occurs to subdue irritation in the throat or clear the airway. Coughs can be either chronic or acute. This means that they can be long-term symptoms or something that develops and resolves within a short period of time.
Coughs can be caused by many things, and is often a secondary symptom of a condition in the throat or nose. The body coughs to eliminate irritation and airflow blockage that is caused by other conditions.
How is a Cough Diagnosed?
Coughs can be difficult to diagnose at times because they have so many possible causes. However, coughs are an unmistakable symptom, and it is usually easy to tell when a cough is serious and needs to be assessed by a doctor. Serious coughs are long-lasting, trigger shortness of breath, and may even involve coughing up phlegm.
Many coughs are caused by postnasal drip. This is when mucus accumulates in the sinuses and drips down the nose and throat. This is a common symptom of colds and other infections, but one that typically originates in the sinuses. At Bakersfield Sinus Center, we assess your symptoms and perform an examination to determine the source of your cough. Once we determine the primary cause, we can recommend a treatment that will work for you.
How is a Cough Treated?
The treatment of your cough will depend on your diagnosis.
For coughs that are caused by postnasal drip, we will typically recommend a balloon sinuplasty. This treatment flushes out mucus and other fluids that have built up in the sinuses. As a result, no excess mucus will drip into the throat, causing the body to cough.
For coughs that are caused by obstructed airways in the throat, we may recommend some form of head and neck surgery to address the source of the obstruction and provide lasting relief.
Can a Chronic Cough Be Completely Cured?
At Bakersfield Sinus Center, our goal is to help you achieve an improved quality of life by providing long-term relief from coughing. However, the cause of your chronic bad breath will determine the extent and duration of the results you are able to achieve.
If your coughing is caused by postnasal drip, we can perform treatment that will eliminate your symptoms. However, postnasal drip can be recurring if you get sick in the future. This means that treatment may need to be repeated if you are infected again.
If your coughing is caused by an obstructed airway, our treatments remove the obstruction to eliminate the risk of it producing coughing in the future. You will enjoy permanent relief as a result.
To learn more about our coughing treatments or to schedule your initial appointment, contact us today. Bakersfield Sinus Center welcomes patients from Bakersfield, Porterville, and the nearby cities of California.