Coughs are a common symptom of bronchitis or pneumonia. However, coughing is also common in all people. Most people will get and experience bouts of persistent non-stop coughing through their lives. However, it can also be a sign of a variety of other medical conditions.
When a person has a cough that lasts for more than ten minutes, it is considered acute. This means the cough has lasted longer than the normal duration for an individual to have a cough. Acute coughing is a symptom of an illness that is more serious such as bronchitis or emphysema. If the cough is caused by smoking or long-term exposure to second-hand smoke, it is best to quit smoking and avoid being around people who smoke.
There are a number of risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing chronic coughs. They are poor oral hygiene including a lack of brushing and flossing, a habit of smoking or being around people who smoke, a history of hay fever and asthma, and weak or imbalanced immune systems. In some cases, sinusitis or post nasal drip may also lead to a chronic cough. Ongoing inflammation of the tonsils or adenoids can cause an acute cough as well, especially when drainage from the tonsils is blocked by swollen lymph nodes that extend down the throat. This can then progress to a full-blown chronic tonsil stones infection.
The typical symptoms of a cough are generally a soft sensation in the throat accompanied by a wheezing noise when breathing. The coughing will then subside after a few seconds and the person will have a feeling that there is little or no irritation with the mucous in the throat. However, some people will be susceptible to a more severe case of cough. This can cause complications during the cold seasons.
Most cases of chronic cough can be successfully treated with the aid of over the counter medication. Medications such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen are effective for temporary relief. Aspirin and Ibuprofen can be taken orally or by inhaling. If you wish to stop taking the medications, you may request your doctor to do so. If your high blood pressure is less than normal, it is advisable that you also decrease your salt intake and reduce the amount of red meat you consume. Some alternative treatments you may consider include acupuncture, acupressure, biofeedback, deep breathing, meditation, exercise, hypnosis, yoga, meditation, nutritional supplements, lifestyle changes, or prescription drugs.