Cough a sudden, noisy expulsion of air from the lungs. Coughing is usually a reflex response of the diaphragm and respiratory muscles caused by an irritation in the throat or windpipe. A reflex response means that the body does something automatically, without a person thinking about it. The cough reflex helps to protect the lungs from bacteria, viruses, dust, and other damaging substances. However, people can cough on purpose if they want or need to. There are many possible causes of a cough, ranging from allergies to lung infections and cancer.
A cough generally comes to the attention only if it persists over several days. In this instance, the need to know:
• Anyone else who has been nears the person has coughed or sick.
• Cough is constant or only occasional.
• Cough is dry or brings up any mucus or phlegm and the color of the phlegm.
• When the cough started and how long it has gone on.
• Whether any blood has been coughed up.
• Whether the cough seems to recur at a certain time of year, which often happens when a person has seasonal allergies. • Cough any with fever, heartburn, runny nose, or weight loss.
Causes: There are a number of things that can cause a cough, including the following: ACE inhibitors, which are medications that are often used to treat high blood pressure allergies asthma chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also called COPD, such as emphysema congestive heart failure, which can cause fluid buildup in the lungs and make a person cough exposure to certain chemicals or gases, such as car exhaust a foreign body in the windpipe, which can happen when a small child puts objects in his or her mouth gastro esophageal reflux (heartburn) lung or throat infections, such as strep throat, acute bronchitis, or pneumonia miscellaneous conditions, such as a neurological disorder known as Tourette syndrome postnasal drip syndrome, which occurs when mucus from the nose and sinuses drains down the back of the throat smoking tumors or cancer, including lung cancer
Prevention: Preventing a cough depends on what is causing it. Quit smoking will eventually get rid of a smoker’s cough, though at first the person may cough up more phlegm than usual, as his or her airways recover.
What are the long-term effects of the symptom? A cough that is severe can be annoying and prevent sleep and other activities. Most long-term effects are related to the underlying cause. For example, those who have lung cancer as the cause of their cough may die. Those who have acute bronchitis usually get better within a few weeks and have no long-term effects at all.
What are the risks to others? If the cause of a cough is a bacterial or viral infection, the person can spread these organisms to others.
Persons with asthma or emphysema may need medications to cut the inflammation in the lungs and to help open the airways. Individuals taking ACE inhibitors for high blood pressure may need a different type of medication.
Side effects – Medications used to treat coughing may cause drowsiness, stomach upset, or allergic reactions. Bleeding, infection, or an allergic reaction to the anesthetic can complicate surgery.
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