Overcoming A Cough That Does Not Heal For 2 Weeks?
Excuse me, I cough for 2 weeks. Every morning I take antibiotics, but in the morning before taking antibiotics I always cough when after coughing it disappears. It’s been 2 weeks like that, what should I do?
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Coughing is the body's natural response to the defense system in removing foreign substances from the respiratory tract. Coughing that occurs occasionally is normal because it aims to move the phlegm that keeps breathing moist. A cough that occurs continuously and added to other symptoms can be a sign of a medical disorder. Coughing less than 3 weeks is still relatively acute. Most of these acute coughs are caused by viruses in the upper and lower respiratory tract. Upper respiratory tract infections include rhinitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, etc. Then lower respiratory tract infections include bronchitis and pneumonia. Besides coughing can be caused due to asthma and allergic rhinitis that is rhinitis caused by an allergic reaction. Whereas a cough that is more than 3 weeks is a chronic cough, often caused by smoking, exposure to pollution, and tuberculosis, in children most often due to asthma.
It's a good idea to get your doctor back after the antibiotics run out to find out the progress of the treatment you have done. Your doctor will do a physical examination, if necessary, will also be carried out supporting tests to ensure the diagnosis of your disease, including blood tests, sputum samples, chest x-rays, lung function tests.
Basically, a cough caused by a virus will heal by itself against your strong immunity. To reduce discomfort when coughing, you can make the following efforts:
Drink plenty of warm water because the liquid will help thin the phlegm in the throat. Avoid smoke and dust, because it will irritate the respiratory tract Avoid foods that have a sharp taste such as too spicy or too sweet. If you smoke, then stop smoking. Apply a healthy diet by increasing consumption of fiber and fruit. Hope it helps