What is a chronic cough?

  • Can affect your quality of life, your activities and your sleep. Often it can cause urinary incontinence (uncontrolled passing of urine), retching, vomiting, chest pain, dizziness and many other symptoms.
  • Can be caused by non-life threatening conditions such as post-nasal drip, mild asthma, bronchitis, smoking or smoker’s cough, mild COPD, viral infections like the flu or a cold, gastroesophageal reflux or a combination of these.
  • Rarely is related to more serious conditions such as lung cancer or tuberculosis.

Chronic Cough is a cough which lasts more than 8 weeks and is surprisingly one of the most common reasons people visit their family doctor.

How can we help?

The Chronic Cough Clinic at the Foothills Medical Centre helps people whose cough is not a symptom of a serious medical condition, such as lung cancer or tuberculosis, but is still negatively impacting their lives.

  • This is an Alberta Health Services program led by Dr Stephen Field (Respirologist)
  • A Certified Respiratory Educator will help you manage and bring your chronic cough under control, in addition to providing consistent follow up as required

Need a referral?

  • Discuss with your doctor about being referred to the Chronic Cough Clinic to see a lung specialist who specializes in cough.
  • Your doctor will need to complete AHS referral form found on:
  • Alberta Referral Directory
  • Doctor needs to fax the referral form along with a current Pulmonary Function Test and Chest X-ray to Pulmonary Central Access & Triage @ 403-592-4201.

Chronic Cough Resources

Voice Care

Irritable Larynx Syndrome

Irritable Larynx Syndrome Exercises

Pursed lips breathing exercise for cough

Nasal-Sinus Hygiene

Belly Breathing Exercises

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Stacked Sniff Technique

Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD)

Vocal Cord Dysfunction Exercises

Private Pulmonary Function Labs Calgary Zone

Spirometry and Pulmonary Function Testing
Assessment and management of patients with chronic cough by Certified Respiratory Educators: A Randomized Control Trial: Dr. Stephen Field & Diane Conley
Chronic Cough is predominantly a woman’s issue: Dr. Stephen Field & Diane Conley
Chronic - Cough Canada: Chronic-Cough Canada
Chronic Cough - Canadian Lung Association: Canadian Lung Association
Chronic Cough - Chronic Lung Diseases: Chronic Lung Diseases