Chronic Cough & Upper Airway Therapy

Chronic Cough & Upper Airway Therapy in Adelaide

Chronic cough is a cough that lasts longer than three months, despite medical treatment. People often describe this type of cough as starting with a tickle in the throat and find it difficult to control. Having a chronic cough can be frustrating and impact on your day to day life.

At Adelaide Voice Therapy, our speech pathologists follow current evidence in cough treatment techniques. Your speech pathologist will work with you to identify triggers and teach you techniques to reduce and eliminate your cough. We will also work with your medical professionals to develop a treatment plan to help you breathe easier and control your cough.

We recommend that you see a GP, Ear Nose and Throat Specialist and/or Respiratory Physician to investigate possible causes of your cough. This will assist us in targeting therapy appropriately.

Our speech pathologists follow current evidence in cough treatment techniques.

We offer specialised treatment for patients with chronic cough & airway disorders.

We treat a range of symptoms including:

Coughing in response to odours, cold air or temperature changes
Coughing triggered by laughing or talking
Persistent throat clearing
Breathlessness with exercise or exertion
Throat tightness or discomfort
Noisy breathing due to tightness in the upper airway

A chronic cough may be due to hypersensitivity of the larynx. This causes frequent coughing due to the feeling of irritation in the throat.

You may be experiencing some of the following issues:

  • An irritable cough lasting more than 3 months with no other medical cause
  • Coughing triggered by talking, laughing, post-nasal drip or reflux
  • The need to frequently clear mucous in the throat by coughing or throat-clearing

We Focus

We focus on the health of your larynx and upper airway

We Teach

We teach you strategies to control your cough

We Work

We work on strengthening your respiratory system

Inducible Laryngeal Obstruction (ILO) & Exercise Induced Laryngeal Obstruction (EILO)

Inducible Laryngeal Obstruction (ILO) (Also known as Vocal Cord Dysfunction / Paradoxical Vocal Cord Movement)

Inducible laryngeal obstruction is a condition where the vocal cords move into the airway during breathing, narrowing the space and making it more difficult to breathe.

You may experience:

  • Sudden onset of difficulty breathing
  • A rough and strained voice
  • Throat tightness
  • Noisy breathing

Breathing difficulty triggered by:

  • Smells
  • Exercise or exertion e.g walking up a flight of stairs
  • Perfumes
  • Changes in air temperature
  • Dust or exposure to chemicals
  • Laughing or talking
  • Reflux
  • Stress

We Help

We help you identify triggers and find ways to manage these

We Teach

We teach you rescue breathing techniques to open your airway fast

We Work

We work on reposturing the muscle of your upper airway during breathing and physical activity

Exercise Induced Laryngeal Obstruction (EILO)

What is EILO:

EILO is a condition where the vocal cords move into the airway during exercise, narrowing the space and making it more difficult to breathe. It is most often seen in young athletes, both males and females but can occur at any stage across the lifespan.

You may experience:

  • noisy breathing and severe breathlessness during exercise
  • A feeling of chest or throat tightness
  • A croaky or strained voice during exercise
  • Feeling of a lump in the throat
  • Breathlessness that is not relieved by asthma medication

We Optimise

We optimise your vocal health to eliminate any triggers for irritation in your larynx

We Teach

We teach you rescue breathing techniques to open your airway fast

We Work

We work with you on breathing techniques you can use while exercising, training or competing to keep your airway open

Need help with your voice, a chronic cough, upper airway disorder or swallowing?

Adelaide Voice Therapy is here to help! We offer both in-person & online therapy. Our experienced speech pathologists aim to offer the highest quality, personalised care to our patients. Book online today!