When a cough lasts for eight weeks or longer in adults and about 4 weeks in children, it may be referred to as a chronic cough. A chronic cough can disturb your sleep and also make you feel tired.
Due to continuous coughing a person may suffer from vomiting, dizziness and even rib fracture. An occasional cough is normal but if the cough persists for weeks, it is usually due to a medical problem.
Common symptoms of a chronic cough may include heartburn, hoarse voice, sore throat, stuffy nose, wheezing, shortness of breath, runny nose and a feeling of fluid dripping down the back of your throat.
Some serious consequences of a chronic cough can include: broken ribs if a person coughs too hard, headache, dizziness, irritability and anxiety, leaking urine, and trouble sleeping.
If a person is suffering from persistent cough for a long time, then some serious side effects can emerge. They are night sweats, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, unwanted weight loss, chest pain and high fever.
A chronic cough can happen for many different reasons. Treatment of chronic cough includes treatment of acid reflux, asthma, chronic bronchitis, infection and post-nasal drip. A cough suppressant that is commonly available over the counter helps to relax the cough reflex.
Long-lasting respiratory diseases can cause symptoms such as cough. In some cases, coughing is good because it expels phlegm. In case of dry cough, it can be associated with varieties of asthma such as: cough-variant asthma.
IPF is a disease where the tissue in a person’s lungs becomes scarred, making it difficult for them to process air in the bloodstream. The cause of the condition is still idiopathic, although symptoms associated with IPF are confirmed, including a persistent, dry cough, shortness of breath, clubbing and rounding of the tips of the hands or toes, fatigue, loss of appetite, and fatigue.
A condition where acid moves from the stomach to the food pipe, sometimes accompanied by a persistent cough with other symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, bad breath, heartburn, pain or difficulty swallowing.
During allergy season, your sinuses may react to this by producing extra mucus. Usually due to mucus, there is a runny nose and in some cases itchy throat and cough.
Cough Variant Asthma (CVA) is a type of asthma that can respond to changing seasons. The typical symptom of CVA is a chronic, dry (non-productive) cough. Chronic cough can also be an early symptom of asthma.
If medications to treat the common causes of a persistent cough don’t work, a doctor may recommend a number of tests to find the real cause. There may be imaging tests, including X-rays and computerized tomography scans, lung function tests, lab tests, and scope tests.