Normally a cough is not an illness but a natural way of our body to combat itself from the unwelcomed entrants. An airway to the lungs sometime gets blocked due to thick mucus or any such substance like smoke or pollen, which gets cleared as soon as a person coughs. Cough can be of two types i.e. infectious cough and non infectious cough and their common causes can be whooping cough, pneumonia, cold, bronchitis, sinusitis, emphysema, etc
Sometime its hard to detect the root cause of cough as most of its symptoms are same as that of cold and flu.
Similar to cold, cough can also be treated with over the counter medicines but sometimes when it’s severe, its best to consult the doctor. Certain medicines like ACE inhibitors and Beta lockers should be avoided when suffering from acute cough as it may trigger the ailment.
WHEN TO BE CONCERNED
The severity of cough could only determine the process of treatment as home based treatment will not be able to cure the severe cough. Some of the home based remedies are mentioned below
Sometimes, cough is just caused by viruses which need to run their course. However, do seek a medical advice if the coughing lasts for more than 3 weeks.