How We are Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak

We are open as usual and will be here supporting you throughout this time. Telephone and home visits also available. Please call us to arrange on 020 7323 1023.


Find out More! SEE LESS


Short-term & chronic coughs

Coughing is a reflex action that clears mucus, irritants & allergens (such as dust, smoke, or pollen) from your airways.
Google Rating
Based on 21 reviews

A cough is considered chronic if it lasts for longer than two months for adults (or one month for children). Chronic cough can be severely debilitating, particularly if it interferes with a peaceful night’s sleep. Repeated coughing can also be exhausting, & in extreme cases can cause dizziness, vomiting, & fractured ribs.
Other symptoms that often occur alongside a chronic cough include:


The vast majority of short-term coughs are caused by cold & flu viruses, or by more serious infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Other chronic conditions such as asthma, heartburn, or allergies can cause a cough, & coughing is a side effect of some blood pressure medicines (ACE inhibitors).
Other causes of cough include:
Postnasal drip (mucous drips down into the throat from the sinuses, causing irritation)
In very rare cases, a cough is a sign of something more serious, such as cancer. Coughing up blood is an urgent symptom & should be addressed by a doctor immediately.


Sinus symptoms such as runny or blocked nose, or postnasal drop
Sore throat
Shortness of breath or wheezing
Blood in expectorate (this is rare & should be treated as a medical emergency)

What to do next?

Coughs are usually not caused by a serious underlying condition, but we advise you to come in & have a doctor evaluate your condition & give you a diagnosis, especially if it is chronic, persistent, or if you are coughing up blood. Give us a call to make an appointment over the phone, or use our online booking system.

020 7323 1023
Harley Street Area, W1
020 7101 0355
City of London, EC3