Cough caused by – a natural response of the body as a protective system of the respiratory organ in case of intruding external disturbance. Act of coughing effects cleansing of phlegm or the irritant factors and matters out of the lung. Cough rarely indicates a serious disease and it will recover within three weeks. Thus, no medication is necessary. Cough drugs have neither proven effect yet. Home traditional herbal like lemon plus honey may relieve light coughing.
Types of cough comprise phlegmatic cough and dry cough.
Phlegmatic cough is known as productive cough, because of producing phlegm or sputum in the throat.
Dry cough is called nonproductive cough because of no production of sputum.
Beginning sign of dry cough usually itchy sensation in the throat to finally produce coughing. This dry cough commonly happens on the ending phase of cold bout or when affected with irritant objects.
Phlegmatic cough is better in that the phlegm helps extract the sputum. The phlegm may arise from the throat, sinus, or the lung.
Another symptom of cough is the one of allergy, usually of dry cough type and that of flu, likely to come out in either dry or phlegmatic coughs.
Cough Caused By
Respiratory organ infection by virus is the main trigger of most coughing. Otherwise the following causes may also contribute:
Chronic disease recurring such as asthma, lung disease chronic destructive, or bronchitis chronic.
Rhinitis allergy such as allergy of pollen (hay fever).
GERD. This sickness causes the gastric acid to collect in the esophagus and incite cough.
Liquid from nose drops into the throat.
Smoking or tobacco taken in a different way.
The affliction of dust, smoke, and chemical compounds.
However rare, the factors above mentioned may still be the starting cause of long time coughing.
Diagnosis of Cough caused by
The doctor will ask for the symptoms and examine your physical condition. Medical records and family history may also be inquired in the first examination.
In case still uncertain with the causes, the doctor may recommend further tests including:
Sputum sample test to ensure bacterial infection and the antibiotic to be given in case of bacterial influence.
Chest X ray to probe into potential lung infection.
Spyrometri. Inhaling and exhaling into a tube connected to a machine, to examine having or not having breathing problem.
Allergy test to ascertain whether the coughing is caused by an allergen such as dust bug.
Treatments of Cough caused by
Light coughing usually needs no serious treatment . Common cough medication is to relieve itchiness or to neutralize the phlegm out. However when the symptoms prolong, it may indicate serious respiratory infection.
Take doctor’s consultation if you suffer serious and prolonged coughing for immediate treatment
Light coughing may need no treatment but consult a doctor if you get cough with the following indications:
Over three week coughing due to virus infection
Tending to get more and more serious.
Having blood, hard breathing, chest pain, losing weight, fever, swelling or lump in the neck.
Infant and children coughing
Coughing with babies and children is caused by the same factors affecting adult, such as respiratory organ infection, asthma, and GERD.
Symptoms of whooping cough take serious attention especially as suffered by infants. Following symptoms are common:
Wailing sound on breath taking after coughing
Repetitive and intent coughing, producing thick phlegm.
Tired and reddish face after constant coughing..
Other than whooping cough, bronchiolitis and croup also happen with the infants and children.
Bronchiolitis is an infection in the respiratory tract bottom part, found with babies and children under two.
Croup is virus infection inflicting the voice box or trachea, common with babies and children.