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Know The Causes Of Chronic Cough!

Dr. Manav Manchanda 85% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Respiratory Medicine, FNB - Critical Care, EDRM, IDCC
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
Know The Causes Of Chronic Cough!

A cough is not necessarily to be worried about always. It is the natural response of our body to throw out harmful particles which somehow managed to enter our respiratory tract. There is sticky mucus situated in the pathway to lungs which plays a major role in trapping harmful particles. Coughing once or twice is generally a natural phenomenon but if it’s persistent it is called the chronic cough, and there is a reason to worry.

Is your cough chronic?
An acute cough aggravates within a very short span of time, maybe 2-3 days. There are situations when coughing doesn’t hinder your day to day activities and are easily neglected. Sometimes these infrequent bouts of a cough can persist for long and continue for more than 2 months, which has been characterized as a chronic cough.

A chronic cough is sometimes found associated with blocked or running nose. Persons suffering from a chronic cough feel very exhaustive and suffer from a headache, dizziness along with excessive sweating. Under such situations, you must consult a pulmonologist.

Know the causes of a chronic cough-
There are several causes for persistent coughing, and the following are the common causes of a chronic cough and medication is taken in consultation with a trained medical practitioner only.

  1. Infections: Bacterial or viral infection in the lungs can be one of the causes of a chronic cough. Tuberculosis is one of them which initiates as a chronic cough and is later characterized by emitting blood after cough bouts.
  2. Drug Interactions: Antihypertensive drugs have been found to be responsible for chronic cough in some people. Hypersensitivity to the prescribed drugs is found to responsible for the cough bouts, and change in medication takes care of the issue.
  3. Asthma: It’s a situation characterized by blockages in the bronchi which disallows the normal air flow during inhalation and exhalation. Due to inadequate oxygen, the brain assumes that there is a blockage which needs to be expelled and coughing pattern starts. However, asthma has to be treated, and the bronchi have to be brought back to normal with the help of medication by an expert medical practitioner.
  4. COPD: The most common cause of a chronic cough nowadays is COPD, better known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This is one of the progressive diseases which means it deteriorates with time. Active smokers are the biggest victims of it. Persons exposed to high degree of pollution or similar occupational hazards are also at high risk. Exposure to these pollutants causes inflammatory responses in lungs resulting in the tapering of the airways and destruction of lung tissues. These can be measured by lung function tests. In asthma, the narrow airways can be broadened by external medication, but in the case of COPD, it’s not possible.

To conclude, chronic cough is a preventable disease by reducing the exposure to risk factors as mentioned above. Quitting smoking, improving the indoor air quality with the use of solar cooking and moving on battery run vehicles can prevent COPD from further worsening. You can also undergo pulmonary rehabilitation program which is being counseled and coordinated by many physicians to benefit the individual suffering from the issue.

My mother age 84 suffering from cva with copd at present she is having dry cough alone with cold she is taken times 10, ecosprin, gtn sorbotet 2.6, donep 5 kindly advice line of treatment she is non diabetic but thyroid medicine taken.

Dr. Prakhar Singh 95% (1750 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
Many respiratory infections start out as a dry cough, and then become a wet cough or productive cough as the lungs start to produce more sputum. Some types of chronic cough or severe cough may remain a dry cough, or become a persistent dry cough. if it persists for a longer time , it may cause some severe throat and lung problems. your mother may need a medical consultation.
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I am thirty year lady I have cough nearly for a month and I have wheezing problem, what can I do to stop dry cough, i'm using asthalin rotohaler.

Dr. Amit Kumar Poddar 91% (593 ratings)
MBBS, MD TUBERCULOSIS AND CHEST DISEASES, Diploma in Tuberculosis & Chest Diseases, Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Pulmonologist, Kolkata
Pft is needed. If it is suggestive of asthma, ics+laba inhalation over prolonged period is needed to control your cough.
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I am suffering from Running nose & cough with flum. What do you suggest for renal transplant patients?

Dr. Prakhar Singh 95% (1750 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
A runny nose can be caused by anything that irritates or inflames the nasal tissues. Infections such as the common cold and influenza allergies and various irritants may all cause a runny nose. Let's have a detailed discussion to ensure proper treatment.
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I had a cough for a week and my back and ribs hurt should I get checked. Please suggest

Dr. Dholariya Sagar 93% (609 ratings)
MBBS, Fellowship in Hypertension, MD - Bio-Chemistry
General Physician, Ujjain
I had a cough for a week and my back and ribs hurt should I get checked. Please suggest
It could to respiratory tract infection    take hot saline gargles atleast 5 - 6 times a day, it will help to clear the throat .  steam inhalation also helps to clear respiratory passages.  sprinkling eucalyptus oil on the clothes and pillows while sleeping will help.  elevating the upper body and head by propping up with 2 - 3 pillows at night will help to relieve post nasal drip which worsens dry cough.  hot soup infused with ginger, tulsi, pepper should be taken.  avoid cold food. Eat fresh homemade steaming hot food. take lots of fluids - water, soups, dal ka paani  take cough suppressant, anti allergic and nsaids drugs.
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My 7-year-old daughter is suffering from cough and throat congestion. Can I give her fresh sweet lime juice and pomegranate juice?

Dr. Pawan Kumar Gupta 90% (5719 ratings)
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Dehradun
Don't advise, give tulsi-basil droops, curcumin drops, tulsi-basil droops, zinger water with honey, coconut water, may contact for any assistance.
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Hi Sir, Could you please tell me Is alerid cetirizine syrup can be used for cough for 2 years old baby?

Dr. Pulak Mukherjee 91% (9058 ratings)
Homeopathy Doctor, Hooghly
Hi Sir, Could you please tell me Is alerid cetirizine syrup can be used for cough for 2 years old baby?
No it shouldn't be,, u should not use anything without consulting ur doctor, it's an allergic medicine
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For chronic cough can I take a course of erythromycin. What is the recommended dosage? I am 67 years old male.

Dr. C. E Prasad 90% (1014 ratings)
M.D - Respiratory Medicine
Pulmonologist, Hyderabad
Self rx is not good idea unless you are incapacitated and none to help current recommendation is azithromycin if heart is ok etc.
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My mother is a 75 year old, heart and diabetic patient as she is also suffering from gout she is taking omnacortil 5 mg from last 20-30 yrs. From a month, my mom is suffering from undiagnosed disease first week medicated for viral doctors suggested for couple of test from cbc to typhoid. [ ] in the initial typhoid report (widal slide test) says • salmonella typhi 'o'_ 1: 60 • salmonella typhi 'h'_ absent • salmonella paratyphi 'ah'_ no agglutination • salmonella paratyphi 'bh'_no agglutination in second test • typhi dot igm-negative in between of all this she was having chronic cervical pain. We consulted orthopedic. He prescribed • acenac-mtr twice after food • enzo mac -thrice before food (we did stopped omnacortil for a while) 3rd week no improvement in her condition and joint pains were unbearable. She was constantly feeling nauseated and hardly eat anything so we didn't give one dose. Post that she almost freeze couldn't able to move her knees. So orthopedic prescribed ultracet twice fifth week there was slight improvement but too much weakness and was down with cold and cough. We consulted another doctor and after couple of test (x-ray, cbc) report says • (right paracardiac haziness s/o pneumonitis. Medicine prescribed • montair • prospan • claribid 250 _twice a day • lanol-er _ twice a day • abflo_ twice a day there was an improvement after a week but there was drowsiness weakness swelling of feet and pain. 4th week after consulting physician he changed medicine as her coughing is over lesuride od 75-once in a day lcin 250 -twice a day lanol-ea twice a day supradyn- once a day but she completely lost appetite and so many medicines without food didn't felt right we stopped it for two days and she started eating. We again consulted physician thinking she is fine, but again she started coughing weakness. It looks like never ending illness. We are worried as we still not clear is it pneumonia/respiratory infection or not and how long she will take to recover need suggestions, my mom is really old and seeing her suffering is painful.

Dr. R K Aggarwal 91% (1548 ratings)
DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopathy Doctor, Delhi
Dear Lybrate user, as your mother is already suffering from so much disease then you should start gentle homeopathic treatment. And for best homeopathic treatment, you may contact us.
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