The Cause Of Coughing In Smokers Who Just Keep The Fungus?
Hello. My father is a heavy smoker. At first, although I often smoked, I never coughed. But the last 2 months since my parents cultivated oyster mushrooms at home, he often coughed cough. Is coughing is the effect of cigarettes or from oyster mushrooms?
Hello, thanks for the question.
Coughing is a common thing that can generally heal itself, but in some cases, coughing can indicate an illness. Coughing itself is not a disease, but a reaction of the body to expel mucus or foreign matter. Diseases caused by respiratory infections generally cause excessive mucus production in the airways so that it stimulates coughing. In smokers can also cough, this is because the chemicals in cigarettes can irritate the airways and lungs and constrict the airway so that it stimulates coughing and causes shortness of breath if it lasts longer. Oyster mushroom cultivation can also cause coughing, this is because oyster mushrooms contain a lot of spores, which when inhaled or enter the airway, especially in people who are allergic, can cause allergic reactions and stimulate coughing. In addition, several other things that can cause coughing include:
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, usually occurs in smokers.
The flu, most often caused by a viral infection, is usually accompanied by colds, sneezing, and fever.
Asthma, coughing is usually accompanied by the sound of wheezing due to narrowing of the airways.
Pneumonia, which is an infection of the lungs, where coughing up phlegm accompanied by shortness of breath / difficulty breathing, due to increased mucus production in the lungs
To find out the cause of the cough, you should consult a doctor. The doctor will ask several things related to complaints such as onset, severity, cough characteristics, precipitating factors, factors that aggravate or exacerbate complaints, history of previous illnesses, family history of illnesses, etc. The doctor will also carry out physical examinations and supporting examinations if needed, such as laboratory examinations, x-rays, etc. With this examination, the doctor will ascertain the cause of the complaint and provide appropriate treatment in accordance with the underlying disease. Some things you can do to reduce complaints include:
Stop smoking, because it is not only dangerous to the respiratory tract, but also to all organs in the body, including vital organs such as the heart and brain.
Consume lots of water, or drink warm drinks like tea, warm lemon juice, or warm water plus honey
Keep the air in the environment always humid, can be helped by using a humidifier if available
Eat nutritious foods, reduce foods that stimulate cough, such as spicy, oily foods
Use a mask when doing oyster mushroom cultivation to avoid inhalation of the spores into the airways
Do not hesitate to visit a doctor immediately if the cough is felt increasingly heavy especially when accompanied by shortness of breath, rapid breathing, cold feet and hands, high fever, or cough accompanied by blood.
Thus, hopefully useful.