What is chronic cough?
If you have a severe cough that has lasted for more than 7-8 weeks, you could be suffering from chronic cough.
In children, a cough that lasts over 4 weeks is considered chronic.
It is usually a symptom of a more serious underlying health issue.
Causes of chronic cough
– Nose/throat glands secrete mucus to fight infection, keep membranes moist, and act as filters
– Too much mucus, or thick/infected mucus can lead to chronic cough
– Acclamation of mucus at the back of the throat, frequent throat clearing
– This disease can cause inflammation of the lungs
– It can cause lining of airways to swell up and tighten
– This causes difficulty in breathing which leads to bouts of coughing
– If left untreated, the cough can become chronic
– Occurs when acids in your stomach move back along the esophagus
– It irritates the lining of the throat
– This can lead to chronic cough
– Is an inflammation of the lining of bronchial tubes
– The tubes get thick and fill with mucus
– This can get infected too
– The thick mucus/ infection can give rise to a persistent cough
– Caused by inflammations and infections of the lungs like pneumonia
– Can cause inflammation in the air sacs
– Can trigger chronic cough
Smoking and Environmental Pollution
– Can give rise to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, or lung cancer which causes chronic cough
– Can cause acid reflux that triggers chronic cough
Other common causes for chronic cough that can include:-
• Eosinophilic Bronchitis
• Weak throat muscles
• Heart failure
• Psychological disorders
• Lung cancer