Our team of experts also helps manage more chronic immunology conditions, such as chronic sinusitis and cough. These conditions may sometimes be triggered by or result from a patient’s allergies and asthma.
When a sinus infection lingers or doesn’t go away after an extended period of time despite treatment, it is considered chronic. Aside from having a runny or stuffy nose, you may also experience the following symptoms:
- Sinus pressure, congestion and pain
- Headache, facial pain
- Bad breath
- Cough (either dry or with mucus)
- Postnasal drip, leading to throat irritation
Based on your previous treatment and symptoms, our immunology team will determine which treatment option is best. The first line of treatment usually involved medication. In some more chronic cases when medication or other therapies do not prove effective, sinus surgery may be necessary.
A chronic cough is one that does not go away for more than a month even after treatment. Not only can a persistent cough be painful, it can also affect your breathing, sleep and overall daily life.
Smokers are most likely to develop a chronic cough. However, it can also be caused by sinus infections, allergies, asthma, upper respiratory illnesses and acid reflux. Usually once the initial cause of the cough is treated, symptoms will ease and you will be on the road to recovery.
In some cases, a chronic cough can be an indicator of a more serious problem. Our immunology team at NorthShore can determine if your cough is a result of a more chronic condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or another lung condition.
When necessary, our team will collaborate with our Pulmonary Medicine department to better address any issues that may be related to or result from a lung condition or illness.