Cough Treatment and Symptoms

We get a cough frequently, and flu or cold viruses are the main cause of it. Cough is generally not an indication for anything serious. In numerous cases, cough helps in protecting and preventing your lungs from dangerous infections. It is an automatic action also known with the name of reflex action; it clears up airway and throat.

It takes 14 to 21 days for a cough to go away. However, if it lasts for more than 21 days, you should consult a doctor.

When to visit a doctor for a Cough

As mentioned above, the cough usually go away within 21 days without the consultation of a doctor. In addition to this, you can go to the pharmacist, who will advise you with over the counter medicines for your cough.

However, visit a general physician if:

  • You are losing weight

  • You are having a cough for more than three weeks

  • You have a weak immune system

  • You have blood in mucus (get appointment urgently)

  • Patient with asthma and if they think their condition is getting worst

  • a Ssevere cough

  • Chest pain

  • Unexplained swelling in neck

  • You notice your cough is not getting better

  • Other symptoms as trouble in catching breath or wheezing

What Cough Indicates

Usually, cough is not a sign or indication for anything severe or dangerous, but it can be a symptom for other conditions underlying. This may include:

Respiratory Ttract Infections (RTIs)

This is considered as the most common cause of coughing. It can be an upper respiratory tract infection, which includes flu and cold. A virus usually causes it, so antibiotics have no impact over this. Therefore, it is assumed that it will go away on its own in a couple of days.

There is another type of respiratory tract infection, which is known as the lower respiratory tract. This RTI includes bronchitis. Bronchitis is an infection of bronchi, which is the main airway of lungs. It also results in grey or yellow phlegm, wheezing and sore throat. If this infection is severe, it is supposed to be treated with antibiotics.

Asthma

A permanent cough, or coughing in cold air, while exercising or at night, are symptoms of asthma. You may also experience breathlessness and wheezing.

Allergies

Allergies such as hay fever results in cough. They are accompanied by other symptoms as well when you encounter what you are allergic to, such as irritation in eyes and a runny nose.

Postnasal Ddrip

Mucus can drops down to throat from the back of nose and causes a cough. The condition of sinusitis generally causes this. In most cases of sinusitis, they settle in a couple of weeks on their own.

Irritants

If things like chemical, dust, and smoke get into the throat, it can cause a cough and irritate airway.

Whooping Ccough

This is caused by bacterial infection in airways and lungs. It lasts for 3 months and the period can also extend. At the initial stage, it appears with the same symptoms as flu and collod.

Tuberculosis (TB)

The patients with TB have a persistent cough andd can bring up phlegm, which may also have spots of blood in it.

Acid Reflux or GORD

If the fumes of acid or acid reaches to your throat from stomach due to acid reflux or GORD, it will make you start coughing.

Chronic Oobstructive Ppulmonary Ddisease (COPD)

Things such as chronic bronchitis, smoking and emphysema damages the lungs, which is a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It causes breathlessness and cough.

Medication side effect

When you start taking any new medicine, like an ace inhibitor, this makes you cough as its side effect.

Unusual causes of a Cough

Choking

When something gets stuck in throat, it also causes coughing.

Lung Cancer

A persistent cough is among the symptoms of lung cancer. If you have an acute cough and some other symptoms as well, then you should consult a doctor they can help.

Cystic Fibrosis

This causes chronic cough, it is inherited by the family, and it is usually diagnosed in childhood or at the birth.

This is not a complete list of all the potential causes. Consult a GP if you have doubt about your cough.

What to do when cough is caused by such condition.

If you think that certain underlying conditions are affecting you or causing you to cough, itsit’s better to take doctors consultation. Moreover, if you have a cough from a very long period and it is not going away or getting better, it is a symptom of something serious and important.

At the push doctor, you can see a general physician from your work, home or even on your way, online through any device. Through video consultation, our doctors can discuss listen to your coughthe chest pain you are having. They Our doctors will carefully listen observe your symptoms and will suggest the right treatment that will help you in getting your health back. If you want any further help, our doctors will assist in recommending the specialist for appropriate treatment.