What causes chronic coughing in seniors?
Causes of chronic coughing in seniors stretch far and wide, making it important to seek medical attention if you’ve noticed a persistent, labored cough in your elderly loved one. Common causes of chronic cough for older adults are as follows:
- Acid reflux
- Postnasal drip
Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to help your elderly loved one manage their chronic cough. In addition to having it medically assessed, chronic cough can be soothed with prescribed or over-the-counter allergy medications for postnasal drip as well as cough suppressants. There are also a few home remedies that might help manage the persistence of the cough, including:
- Cough drops or hard candies
- Drinking a lot of fluids
- Humid air
- Avoiding tobacco smoke
If left untreated
If left untreated, chronic coughing can severely impair the elderly. The action of coughing itself contracts muscles without warning, propelling a resting body into motion at all hours of the day and night. Chronic cough could also be a sign of a larger health concern. From disrupting sleep to potential rib fractures, ignoring a chronic cough can do more harm over time.
If your elderly loved one is experiencing respiratory discomfort and constant coughing, you don’t have to go it alone. DispatchHealth is here to help. We can treat coughing, asthma, bronchitis, and many other respiratory exacerbations in seniors from the comfort of their own homes, helping them find the source of the cough and recover without ever having to take a trip to the ER. DispatchHealth also accepts most major forms of health insurance—including Medicare and Medicaid—offering an affordable flat rate for uninsured patients. And because we covet continuity of care, our teams are sure to send a detailed follow-up report to your elderly loved one’s primary care physician after our visit, and we can send any necessary prescriptions to their pharmacy.
Turn to DispatchHealth if your elderly loved one needs treatment for coughing. Contact us via a phone call, our app, or on our website to receive care at their doorstep within just a couple of hours.