Everyone experiences a cough from time to time, but for patients with a chronic cough, additional treatment is necessary. Dr. David Astrachan and Dr. Craig Hecht of Ear Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut assist patients in Milford, Madison, and Hamden, Connecticut who have a chronic cough that's not due to respiratory symptoms.
Many chronic coughs are due to asthma or allergies, but those that aren't are often due to a condition called atypical gastroesophageal refluxdisease,
or GERD. Typical GERD manifests with heartburn and acid reflux, but atypical GERD often goes undiagnosed because it causes different symptoms, including a chronic cough.
Atypical symptoms of GERD include:
In fact, as many as 60% of people with GERD don't experience classic reflux symptoms, so people with a chronic cough need to rule out GERD as a potential cause.
Dr. Astrachan and Dr. Hecht have extensive experience using the tools that diagnose GERD. They're also able to treat the complications common with GERD, like throat inflammation, ulcers of the esophagus, and chronic cough.
GERD is diagnosed based off symptoms and a trial of GERD medication. Sometimes imaging tests, like an endoscopic examination, are used to determine if GERD is causing of the symptoms.
For patients with GERD, Dr. Astrachan and Dr. Hecht prescribe antacid medications to control acid in the stomach and esophagus. Patients also lessen their symptoms by avoiding foods known to trigger acid reflux. Surgical procedures to tighten the lower esophagus and prevent acid reflux can also be quite effective. Losing weight and quitting smoking also help. Working with Dr. Astrachan or Dr. Hecht, who have extensive understanding of GERD and its ramifications, increases a patient's chances of finding an effective solution.
Patients with GERD need to find a solution because this particular condition can cause a number of complications, especially of the esophagus, throat, and nose. These include:
To prevent these complications and put a stop to chronic cough problems, make an appointment with Ear Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut today.
At Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut, we accept most major insurance plans including Medicare. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Dr. Hecht was dilligent in pursuing a cause for my symptoms and ultimately caught and corrected a life-threatening condition."
"Recently had a septoplasty performed by Dr. Astrachan and he did an amazing job and I'm only a week into my new nose. . Nose looks great and I can breathe once again..."