Rosemary B. Desloge, M.D.
Laryngologist & Otolaryngologist located in New York, NY
If you feel as though your cough is lasting longer than normal or is affecting your ability to sing or perform, consider seeking the help of a board-certified specialist. Rosemary B. Desloge, M.D., is an ear, nose, and throat expert in New York City who specializes in diagnosing and treating throat disorders and is known as the ENT for performers and singers. To get answers about your cough and the most effective treatment possible, call Dr. Desloge’s Manhattan office or schedule an appointment online today.
Cough Q & A
What is a cough?
Your cough, although annoying at times, is a protective reflex aimed at preventing foreign material from entering your throat or lungs. Your cough may be acute, lasting no more than two to three weeks, or chronic if it lasts longer than two to three weeks.
Whether acute or chronic, if your voice is an important part of your profession, you may find that your cough is getting in the way. Dr. Desloge is a throat specialist who provides very specific care for performers and singers to resolve their cough and help them get back to doing the things they love.
What are the common causes of a cough?
You may be coughing for any number of reasons. Some of the most common causes of cough include:
- Viral infections, such as a cold or the flu
- Bacterial infections
Environmental irritants can also lead to chronic, unexpected coughing.
When should I get medical treatment for a cough?
Coughing is a normal reflex and is not always a cause for concern, but if your cough is affecting your quality of life or isn’t resolving on its own you may want to get professional help from Dr. Desloge.
You should also come to the office for your cough if:
- Your cough lasts for more than two to three weeks
- You’re coughing up thick, discolored phlegm
- You have a fever
- You’re wheezing
- You're experiencing shortness of breath
Consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Desloge if you’re a performer or singer and your cough is making it difficult for you to do your job. Dr. Desloge is known as the ENT for performers and has been named one of Billboard Magazine’s Top Throat Doctors.
What treatments can resolve my cough?
Dr. Desloge works closely with you to create the most effective treatment plan to resolve your cough. Your evaluation will include a review of your symptoms and medical history, a thorough examination and testing as indicated. Treatment will be aimed at the underlying cause of the cough.
Your treatment may include:
- A change in your current medications
- Voice therapy
Dr. Desloge provides highly specialized care for singers and performers to help them recover from their cough, whether acute or chronic, as quickly as possible while ensuring their vocal health.
Your cough is meant to protect you from illness, but it can adversely affect many aspects of your life. For expert management of your cough, call the ENT for performers and singers, Rosemary B. Desloge, M.D., or schedule an appointment online today.