Chronic cough cause

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After a cold, you feel okay but the cough hangs around--sound familiar? Each year, people schedule 30 million visits to the doctor because of a chronic cough (one that lingers more than 3 weeks). Often, doctors can't offer much help, but a new Mayo Clinic study finds that in a third of cases, there may be an easy fix. When researchers examined CT scans of the sinuses of 132 patients with chronic coughs, they discovered that 37% actually had chronic sinusitis, an infection or inflammation that can cause coughing and sneezing. Sinusitis can be treated with antibiotics, decongestants, or a nasal steroid spray.

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By Tanya Beers

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