When Your Chronic Cough Might Mean Something More

Having a cough you can’t seem to kick may take the cake for being an annoying illness related symptom. Everyone seems to catch a cough from time to time – especially during the winter months when colds are rampant. Although coughing is common and we hardly pay much attention to it, there are times when this could be the sign of something more serious. If your cough doesn’t go away after a few days, it may be time to see a doctor to make sure you aren’t experiencing one of the following illnesses below.

Lung Cancer
If you are a smoker, then you know there is a significant association between smoking and lung cancer. But, even those who don’t smoke can develop it too. Coughing can be a symptom of lung cancer due to the intrabronchial protrusion of the tumor. With lung cancer, your cough may seem more like a brassy sound and at advanced stages, you may begin coughing up blood.

Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease where those who have it suffer from thick, sticky mucus that prevents their organs from working correctly. Mucus clogs their airways and traps bacteria, which leads to infections, lung damage and respiratory failure. Those who suffer from cystic fibrosis often have a chronic cough and wheezing.

Atelectasis
This illness happens when one or both lungs collapse or are not able to inflate properly. This could be due to a buildup of mucus in the airways and coughing may bring relief. However, this cough will be much more severe than a normal cough.

Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure symptoms develop over time. Those who suffer from this illness are unable to pump blood effectively or prevent the blood from building up in the lungs. One early symptom of congestive heart failure is a dry, hacking cough that many get when lying down.

If you believe an underlying condition is causing your cough, it is best to seek immediate medical attention to rule out potential, life-threatening causes. Our physicians are here to help you find the cause of your cough and determine the next step toward healing and health! Visit us online at www.onesource-healthcare.com/ or give us a call today at 229-439- 1950 or 229-246-6417.