How To Deal With Coughing Every Night?
Hello, I want to ask why every night I always cough and feel a lot of rubbing in my chest, it’s also difficult to breathe. I have gone back and forth to the hospital but the results are just like this, it doesn’t go away. How can I stop coughing every night?
Coughing is actually the body's response when something irritates the respiratory tract. Coughing aims to remove foreign objects, irritants, phlegm, and so on. A persistent cough can be a symptom of many other illnesses, such as:
Respiratory tract infections, such as flu, pneumonia, cause symptoms of both productive (sputum) and non-productive (dry) coughs. Usually accompanied by symptoms of fever, body aches, runny nose, to shortness of breath (in pneumonia). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Usually caused by years of inflammation in the lungs. Aggravating risk factors are old age, smoking, dust smoke, etc. Patients usually complain of shortness of breath during activity, wheezing, coughing that doesn't heal. Bronchial asthma. Usually patients have a history of atopic (allergic), inflammation and narrowing of the airway causing complaints of shortness of breath, coughing especially at night and morning, wheezing, usually there are factors that trigger shortness (for example: dust, flu, cold air, etc. ). Pulmonary tuberculosis. It is a bacterial infection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis which can be transmitted through cough droplets. Symptoms of a prolonged cough, coughing up blood, decreased appetite and body weight, fever at night, shortness of breath. GERD or gastroesophageal reflux is a condition in which stomach acid rises into the esophagus and mouth because the stomach valve doesn't close completely. Gastric acid irritates the upper respiratory tract, causing complaints of a long cough, heartburn, hoarseness, a lump in the throat. Heart failure. In this condition, the heart's ability to pump decreases, so fluid builds up back into the lungs. This results in complaints of shortness of breath during activity, shortness of breath when lying down, coughing, swelling of the legs, and so on. Occasional coughs are considered a normal body response. However, if your cough is accompanied by other complaints as above, you should further consult with a pulmonary specialist. The doctor will ask about your symptoms and history of complaints, cough complaints to other family members, perform a physical examination and additional examinations such as chest X-rays, sputum examination (checking for tuberculosis bacteria), spirometry, allergy tests, and so on.
If you have a persistent cough, you should do the following:
Use a mask and do not spit carelessly. Change the bed linen regularly, clean the room from dust. Stop smoking. Eat nutritious foods and drink enough water. That's all the explanation from me, hope it helps.
Dr. Saphira Evani