When a cough lasts more than 5 days, it’s better to consult a doctor immediately. Persistent cough can be a symptom of serious medical conditions including Lung Tuberculosis, Lung cancer, Asthma, and Bronchitis.
Over here we discuss 7 cough-related FAQs to help you understand your symptoms better:
- Why do we cough?
Coughing is not a disease but a symptom. When you cough, it helps clear the extra mucus from the airways in your lungs. Lung infection, Allergic inflammation, smoking, a cold or any other medical condition may cause this extra mucus.
- How to determine whether your cough is normal or not?
Almost all the viral coughs can be treated at home. However, if you have developed a chest infection, you have to visit the doctor. Moreover, some persistent coughs may not be viral at all. Anything that lingers for more than 5 days needs a thorough examination. Prolonged coughs can be a sign of a serious lung disease. Also, if coughing is making you very tired and causes other symptoms, visit the doctor immediately.
- What is smoker’s cough?
This is a persistent cough. People who have been smoking for long usually develop this type of cough. Often, this type of cough lingers for over three weeks.At first, the cough may be dry (usually seen in smokers who haven’t smoked for pretty long). However, with time, it produces phlegm which can be either clear or may be white, green or yellow in colour. Smoker’s Cough is worse just after you wake up but it improves over the course of the day. You should not ignore a nagging Smoker’s Cough. It could be a sign of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) including bronchitis and emphysema.
- I have quit smoking but the cough still persists. Why?
Some people may cough more than usual just after they have stopped smoking. This cough is temporary and could be a sign that your body is healing.Usually, Tobacco smoke obstructs the normal movement of the Cilia (microscopic hairs that line your lungs). Once you quit smoking, your cilia becomes active again. It starts recovering, clearing the mucus from the lungs. You may cough for several weeks after you quit. Apart from that, your respiratory systems start to heal.
You may speed up the healing process by staying well-hydrated. Drink plenty of water and other fluids. Talk to your doctor if the cough lasts for over a month.
- Can Ayurvedic medicines relieve coughs?
Yes, they can fight cold and cough. Ayurvedic medicines from Pankajakasthuri are formulated with herbs and natural ingredients having bronchodialation and expectorant properties and boost your immunity. You can explore our Ayurvedic medicines for cough here http://www.pankajakasthuri.in/index.php?route=product/diseases&id=25
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- Should I take medicines without consulting a doctor?
A cough is not a disease. Rather, it’s a way of your body telling you that something is wrong. If you are suffering from persistent cough, visit the doctor to find out the underlying reasons. He or she is the best person to suggest you medications to relieve your symptoms.
- How is Acid Reflux and coughing connected?
Acid reflux is when the acid in your stomach travels back into the food pipe and irritates the tissue lining causing a burning sensation in your chest. Acid Reflux can worsen your cough. There could be two reasons for that:
- The rising stomach acid sets off a reflexive action that causes cough
- When the acid moves up your food pipe, a few droplets reach your throat. This is called Laryngopharyngeal Reflex (LPR) and it may result in a cough. This is a protective mechanism of your body against the acid reflux.