Constant cough: What can it be?

When we cough, it is always a warning sign for possible problems that we may have. Of course, it can often mean nothing, but it is still important to investigate whether we have a constant cough . In today’s text we are going to talk a little more about what this symptom can mean, when to treat it and when to really worry. So, if you want to know more about it, check it out now! But first, it is important to understand exactly what cough is.

What is Cough?

Coughing is nothing more than a reaction by our body to something that affects the region of our throat. When our body identifies that there is wrong garlic, it tries to get it to be expelled through coughing . That is why, for example, we cough when we inhale smoke. This is also why, when we have a disease like the flu, cough is one of the main symptoms, since it is a bacterial infection.

Types of Cough

As you can see, cough is not a one-time phenomenon, that is, it can happen for several reasons, which means that there are different types of cough. The main ones are:

  • Irritating Cough
  • Productive Cough

We will talk separately about each one of them and show what are the main differences and how they work in our organism.

Irritating Cough

Also known as dry cough, irritating cough has as its main characteristic the absence of any type of secretion. It usually produces an itchy or tingling sensation in the throat , especially if it is a constant cough. Some of the main causes of this type of cough are diseases such as pneumonia, colds or allergies.

Productive Cough

Unlike irritating cough, cough with phlegm is one that produces secretions, whether mucus or phlegm. Depending on the disease, the type of secretion produced is different. In addition, it can also be an evolution of irritating cough, indicating some type of inflammation in the airways . Some of the main causes of this type of cough are acute bronchitis, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

What can Constant Cough mean?

If coughing is a mechanism in the respiratory system to try to get rid of possible problems that are occurring, constant coughing may be an indication that there is something wrong with this system.

There are some risk factors that need to be taken into account when talking about constant cough, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Respiratory allergies
  • History of lung or respiratory diseases

These three factors are the most dangerous for a person to develop diseases that can generate a constant cough. Such diseases can be:

  • Tuberculosis: It is a disease caused by bacterial infection and which directly affects the lungs, although some other parts of the body can also be affected, in more rare cases. Because it is a contagious disease, cough can be one of the factors that causes transmission to occur. Other symptoms are fever, body aches and breathing difficulties.
  • Pneumonia: The pneumonia is a disease characterized by inflammation of the lungs that normally has its origin in an earlier organ inflammation caused by these viruses or bacteria. The cough presented may be dry or productive and the disease may also have other symptoms such as fever, chest pains and difficulties in breathing.
  • Acute Bronchitis: Acute bronchitis is the inflammation of the airways of the lungs, called the bronchi. The cough presented is usually the productive one, accompanied by other symptoms such as fever and chest pains. When not treated properly, bronchitis can become pneumonia.

Of course, a constant cough can be a sign of other problems, but these are the most common and dangerous.

 

Cough Treatment

The cough treatments depend precisely on what is the origin of the disease that causes the constant cough. Based on an accurate diagnosis of what it is, a doctor can indicate different types of treatments ranging from the use of antibiotics to the use of other stronger drugs, in addition to rest and fluid intake.

A doctor can indicate different types of syrup for the treatment of the cough itself. However, it is important to know that this type of medication only aims to alleviate this type of symptom and not to cure the disease itself. Therefore, it is important to follow all medical recommendations so that you can heal in the best possible way.

Coughing can be a sign of several health problems, especially respiratory problems, but not just them. And although it is something very common and part of the life of all of us, it is always important to be aware if we have a constant cough , as this can mean the onset of some more serious illness. And especially in times when the whole world is undergoing changes due to breathing problems, these concerns are growing in people. And both to alert and to reassure people, it is important to better understand what coughing is.

Dr. Alexis Hart
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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