The Difficulty In Treating That Chronic Cough

2012-02-16 | |
Last updated: 2012-02-16

When cold season comes around, we expect to hear the sound of coughing as more people start to become sick. At the same time, we also expect the coughing to subside when people get better. Sometimes, however, a cough can linger long after a cold. In other cases, we can develop a chronic cough without ever having had a cold. In these situations, we may not even know the reason why the cough is persisting at all.

While the cough is the way our body clears our airways of irritants, once a cough becomes chronic, the coughing action is no longer helpful and can instead make life miserable. In many cases, people with cough symptoms will wait for quite some time before seeking remedies for their chronic cough. Although a wait and see approach is often reasonable in addressing some health concerns, waiting on a chronic cough to stop can be a futile activity.

What Is A Chronic Cough?

Depending on the information source, a chronic cough is one that lasts more than 3, 4 or 8 weeks in adults. In children, a cough is described as chronic if it lasts more than 2 weeks. Becoming sick with a cold, for example, will usually lead to 2 or 3 weeks of coughing, at most, for an adult. Physicians recommend getting checked whenever a cough lasts more than 2 weeks for anyone.

There are many causes that can lead to chronic coughing ranging from infections to disease to medications. However, it is important to remember that the causes for adults and children are different. In research from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Australia, researchers determined that less than 10% of the causes for chronic coughing were the same in children and in adults.

What all this means is that the definition of a chronic cough is somewhat open.

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