Coughing means stimulation of sensory nerves in the lining of the respiratory passages – the tubes we use to breathe.
During coughing, a person intake short breath and the larynx (the voice box) close momentarily. The chest muscles and abdominal used for breathing contract, due to which more pressure needed to drive the air out the lungs when the larynx re-opens.
The result of this is blast of air comes out at high speed, scrubbing and clearing the airway to keep the respiratory passages free of irritating material.
Coughing is a common symptom when the airways are ‘tight’, as in asthma.
Coughing usually means the presence of something in respiratory passages that should not be there. This can be caused by breathing in dust particles in the air or when a piece of food goes down the wrong way.
It could also be a sign that an infection in the lungs is making the respiratory passages produce phlegm.
“The majority of viral coughs are safe to treat at home with natural home remedies. This is the natural way to treat the problem with no side effects.”
Cough is of many kinds and their treatments differ accordingly. The ten types of cough, their causes and their treatments are given below:
Post viral cough
It is normal to have a cough with a virus, as anyone can have it many reasons like seasonal changes, environmental pollution etc. To know its symptoms, cause and treatment read more…
A chronic dry cough that becomes worse at night, disturbing sleep and sometimes with wheezing and shortness of breath. Many people are suffering from asthma. To know its symptoms, cause and treatment read more…
Gas, difficulty in breathing, A ‘throat’ cough following a meal, or waking you at night, sour taste in the throat and mouth. To know its symptoms, cause and treatment read more…
A cough that draws up thick coloured phlegm is usually a symptom of a chest infection. Chest infection is common in children due to change in season, unhealthy diet and many other reasons. To know its symptoms, cause and treatment read more…
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a contagious bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. It starts with less aggressive coughing but eventually leads to severe coughing spells, which may produce a ‘whooping’ sound when the person breathes in. To know its symptoms, cause and treatment read more…
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB primarily affects the lungs, but it can also affect organs in the central nervous system, lymphatic system, and circulatory system among others. To know its symptoms, cause and treatment read more…
A smoker’s cough refers to coughing that normally occurs in people who are long-term smokers. It is a persistent cough —”persistent” meaning that it is present for more than 2 or 3 weeks. To know its symptoms, cause and treatment read more…
Lung cancer is a disease characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. If left untreated, this growth can spread beyond the lung in a process called metastasis into nearby tissue or other parts of the body. To know its symptoms, cause and treatment read more…