SATURDAY, Jan. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — After suffering through a cold, many people still have a persistent cough — but why?
According to Dr. Jonathan Parsons, director of the Asthma Center at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, here are some reasons for a continuing cough:
A cough that lasts more than three weeks may be a chronic condition. If you’re still coughing and feeling sick after three weeks, then you should see a doctor.
Causes of a chronic cough include:
Persistent cough might be a symptom of a serious illness.
“If you’re coughing up blood, spiking fevers or have significant shortness of breath associated with the cough, you need to be evaluated quickly. You could have walking pneumonia. If you’re a smoker, it could be cancer. A doctor will examine you to determine the cause of the cough and establish a treatment plan,” Parsons said.
Harvard University Medical School offers more on the causes and cures for a persistent cough.