Not getting over cough? 4 reasons why it lingers more than common cold

General Medicine

Experts have been observing constant complains that beside getting rid of the cold, the cough is still a major issue. Conditions like post-nasal drip, bronchitis, asthma, secondary infections can be the reasons.

New Delhi: Although you have finally recovered from that unpleasant cold, the persistent cough it left behind refuses to go away. Experts have been observing constant complains that beside getting rid of the cold, the cough is still a major issue. Dr Manjusha Agarwal, Senior Consultant Internal Medicine Gleneagles Hospital Parel, Mumbai, explained that there can be various reasons for the same.
The expert said, "While the below listed are common reasons for prolonged coughing after a cold, it's important to note that each individual's experience may vary. Consulting with an expert can help determine any underlying conditions or provide specific treatment recommendations for relief from this persistent symptom."

Reasons why cough is still persistent?
* Post-nasal drip: "One possible reason why a cough can persist for weeks after a cold is due to post-nasal drip caused by inflammation in the sinuses. Even after the initial cold symptoms have cleared, mucus might continue to drip down the throat, irritating the airways and leading to a persistent cough. This can be common if there is an underlying sinus infection," she added.
* Bronchitis: If the cold virus has spread to the lower respiratory tract and caused inflammation in the bronchial tubes, this can result in a chronic cough that lasts longer than other cold symptoms.
Bronchitis typically requires rest and hydration for recovery, but sometimes it may necessitate medical intervention.

* Secondary infection, such as post-viral pneumonia, can occur when your immune system is preoccupied with fighting off a viral infection like a cold. Dr Agarwal said, "In such cases, the immune system may overlook a bacterial infection that can develop and require a different course of treatment. If you experience a cycle of getting sick, recovering, and then deteriorating again, it could indicate the presence of another infection."
* Asthma can cause coughing, and some individuals may experience an asthmatic response when they catch a cold. This response leads to the constriction of their small airways and results in wheezing. If you notice wheezing along with a cough during a cold, it may be indicative of something more than just a typical cough associated with the common cold.


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