Many people have a cough that almost becomes a part of their daily life. It becomes incidental, but really, it’s not something that should just be accepted. Sometimes a chronic cough can be a symptom of a serious medical condition.
For example, many people have asthma but are not diagnosed with it. A persistent cough is a typical symptom that goes with the asthmatic condition, and a coughing bout is often brought on by cold weather or exercise. Other symptoms include wheezing and feelings of breathlessness. If you suspect that your cough is a part of undiagnosed asthma you should seek medical advice.
Another condition that has a mucus cough as a symptom is COPD – or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Generally COPD affects those aged 45 or over and is an umbrella term for conditions which occur because of inflammation of and damage to the airways and tissue in the lungs. Usually COPD affects smokers or ex-smokers.
Other conditions are sometimes identified only because an individual goes to the doctor seeking treatment for a chronic cough. An extreme example is lung cancer, which can go undiagnosed for a long period until the person suffering with it seeks medical advice for a persistent cough.
Is your cough chronic?
Persistent coughs are often connected to an excess production of mucus in the throat and sinuses, as well as the chest. Try some of the following home remedies to ease the effects of over production of mucus including:
- Eat spicy foods. This helps to loosen congested mucus and allows you to expel it more easily.
- Inhale steam to warm the airways and lungs. This thins the mucus and reduces the need to cough really hard to expel it.
- Drink lots of fluids. Whether you drink hot or cold drinks, the more fluid you drink the less thick and congested any mucus will be. Fluids help to thin the mucus and make it easier to cough up.
Some people are unwilling to bother the doctor over what seems like a relatively minor ailment. A cough caused by a virus or cold will usually clear up in four to six weeks. If you have a cough that has continued longer than this, it’s a good idea to get a check-up.