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Chronic Cough

Ayurveda about chronic cough

In Ayurveda this condition is described as kasa. Being a common occurrence, common cold is ignored by many completely or the patient directly picks up over the counter cough syrup without consulting a doctor. In some cases this may provide relief but sometimes can have no effect at all.

If the cough persists for a longer time then it is always recommended to visit an ayurveda doctor for complete diagnosis, on complete understanding of the patient's profile the doctor may recommend treatment to balance a particular dosha or doshas which gives complete cure. Generally oral medications and in some cases panchakarma is prescribed. Diet tips and certain yoga asanas are given to prevent further complications and recurrence.

Coughing is like sneezing, you wouldn't think twice about the reasons you got that cough, but if the coughing becomes frequent and stays for too long then you should be concerned. You could be affected with chronic cough, which as the name suggests is cough that persists over 8 weeks in case of adults and 4 weeks in case of children. Many diseases can cause coughing, which most of the time goes away within a few days or weeks.

Chronic cough affects the way we live, it can wake you up at night, make you vomit, you may feel lightheadedness, basically affects our personal as well as social life. A chronic cough can be wet and produce phlegm or dry and tickle the throat.

What are the causes of chronic cough

Asthma, especially cough-variant asthma, which causes a cough as the main symptom

acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

chronic bronchitis

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Infections, such as pneumonia or acute bronchitis

ACE inhibitors, which are medications used to treat high blood pressure

A feeling of mucus running down the back of your throat (postnasal drip)

smoking

Less commonly, it can be a sign of a more severe condition, such as a heart cough or lung disease.

Symptoms

A chronic cough can occur with other signs and symptoms, which may include:

  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Frequent throat clearing and sore throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Heartburn or a sour taste in your mouth
  • In rare cases, coughing up blood
  • Other issues observed are:
  • dizziness or fainting
  • chest soreness and discomfort
  • headaches
  • frustration and anxiety
  • Loss of sleep
  • Accidental urine leakage