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Over the counter cough medicine

Over the counter cough medicine
A cough is your body’s involuntary response to foreign material in your respiratory tract. It’s the body’s way of getting rid of mucus and other foreign substances (such as dust) from your lungs and upper air passages. In addition, a cough can also be termed as your body’s response to an airway irritation.
There are three types of coughs;
Acute coughs are coughs that last less than three weeks. They are very common and affect most people repeatedly. They are easy to cure.
Subacute coughs last between 3-8 weeks and are harder to treat. Various over the counter cough medicines are effective in improving the symptoms of this cough, though results are gradual, often taking weeks to go away.
Chronic coughs are more persistent coughs that last more than nine weeks. Their symptoms are more severe and cause more pain and discomfort to patients experiencing them. They are harder to treat than the other types of coughs.
Though these types of coughs have different traits, they all respond to therapy and can be treated with the same cough medicines. However, the strength and duration of the treatment may vary from one type of cough to another.
What causes coughs?
There are many conditions that cause coughs. Some are permanent conditions, while others are temporary and thus easier to treat and improve.
Here are the top causes of coughs;
The need to clear your throat. Every time your throat is clogged up with foreign particles such as dust or smoke, you have to cough to get rid of these particles. Tiny amounts of these particles will not cause coughing unless they are particles that cause instant irritation such as hot pepper.
Smoking. A smoker’s cough is usually a chronic cough with a very distinctive sound. This type of a cough is rarely curable and can only be treated by controlling your smoking habits.
Respiratory conditions, e.g. asthma and lung disease. These types of disease are the most common causes of chronic coughing in adults. Coughing caused by these disorders is often characterized by wheezing and breathing difficulties. It is only treatable with medicine, and mostly keep reoccurring until you can control the disease causing the cough.
Medicines. Coughing is a side effect of very many medications. Coughs resulting from the use of medicine are rarely chronic and mostly go away after you stop using the drug. It’s challenging to treat these coughs, and most patients just live with them. Enalapril and Zestril are examples of the numerous medicines that are known to cause coughs.
Pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. Not all pathogens cause coughing. However, those that cause respiratory tract infections such as flu and common cold often have coughs as a symptom. Complications caused by flu often take longer to cure and require antibiotics.
Stomach acid making its way up to the esophagus. These coughs often wake you up from your sleep. They cause discomfort for a few minutes and then they are gone. They rarely require medical treatment.
Nasal discharge. Nasal discharge is caused by many factors such as allergens and viral infections. Nasal discharges lead to the urge to clear your throat, which leads most people to cough regularly.
Blockage of airways by inhaled or swallowed objects. Physical materials such as food particles and pills can make their way into the air passages instead of the esophagus. This causes severe coughing but rarely requires any medicinal treatm ...

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Submitted on: March 04, 2018 06:27:53 PM
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