COUGH

Most of the time, a cough is a simple symptom of a minor irritation in the throat or lungs, and passes quickly. At other times, a cough is part of a cold or other upper respiratory infection, and goes away as the body fights off the infection. Occasionally, a cough is so intense during an illness that a doctor may prescribe medicine to suppress the cough so that the patient can get much-needed rest. 

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SYMPTOMS

If you’ve had an upper respiratory infection, it’s likely that your cough will linger. Most patients believe that their cough should go away as soon as they feel better, but studies have shown that coughs sometimes last twice as long as the cold that caused them. As long as your cough isn’t keeping you from sleeping, you aren’t bringing up excessive phlegm or phlegm that contains blood, and you’re able to catch your breath after you cough, it’s probably nothing to worry about, and you can wait for it to pass. 

TREATMENT

There are times when you should be concerned about your cough. 
•    If you have an underlying lung disease. When you have asthma, COPD, or another pulmonary disease, your doctor should know about a cough that won’t go away, especially if it gets worse when you lay down. 
•    If you’re coughing up phlegm or mucus that is tinged with blood or seems excessive. In most cases, a dry cough is more likely to be due to irritation in the throat, and as such, is less concerning. But frequently coughing up mucus can be a sign of greater irritation in the lungs, which may need to be treated. 
•    If your cough is accompanied by shortness of breath, a whooping sound, or tightness in your chest. While your doctor may listen to your lungs and determine that there’s nothing to do but wait it out, these are all potential signs of an underlying disease, and it’s a good idea to get them checked out. 

HOW PRANA CAN HELP

Ultimately, if your cough has been going on for more than a few weeks, or you have reason to believe that there’s something else going on, it’s a good idea to get your cough checked out. While it may be nothing but irritation following a viral infection, better to be safe than sorry. Make an appointment with Dr. Rahul Kakkar at Prana Health to put your mind at ease.