Why Coughs Don’t Go Away

Ever wondered why coughs don’t seem to go away?

The common cough is the most common reason for people to go to their local doctor. Usually, a cough only lasts for up to a couple weeks, so not that long, and is most likely related to an upper respiratory tract infection (URI), for example the common cold. However, a cough that persists for more than 8 weeks is termed a chronic cough and you may want to know the reasons why?

What causes coughing?

The cause of a cough really depends on how long the symptoms have been there. For example, the causes of an acute cough may be quite different from the causes of a chronic cough. In around a quarter of cases of a chronic cough it has been found there are at least 2 medical reasons for it.

Post Nasal Drip

Allergies are a common cause of Post nasal drip, but it may also be a symptom of phlegm in the throat, which causes many people to frequently clear their throats. Causes of post nasal drip include allergic rhinitis, non-allergic rhinitis, and sinusitis. In addition, gastroesophageal reflux disease may be mistaken for post nasal drip.

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