Scary Things Your Cough Could Signify

Posted By: Lekhaka

The common cold is nearly always accompanied with a cough and may be a very irritating condition to deal with. While medication might help reduce the signs you encounter, a cold cannot be cured fast with a remedy and it can take about seven days to cure.

However, if this is not the case and your cough and cold does not go away, it could mean that you have been suffering from a serious disease. Read on to learn more about these.

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You might have tried several home remedies like garlic, turmeric, tulsi, lemon, honey, etc. to get rid of the common cold and cough in your own way. You might also have taken certain drugs and visited the doctor in order to get some relief from your cough and cold. If this has not helped, then read on to know what it could mean.


1. Tuberculosis:

If you have chest pain and fatigue, are coughing up blood, losing weight and also have fever along with cough and cold for more than three weeks, it could be tuberculosis. This disease needs to be treated with antibiotics.


2. COPD:

You can suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) if your cough and cold is accompanied by symptoms like tightness in the chest, wheezing, shortness of breath and a cough that produces a lot of mucus. This disease needs to be treated with bronchodilators.


3. Pneumonia:

If you have cough and cold for over ten days and a temperature above 102 degrees Fahrenheit, have trouble in breathing, accompanied by a dry cough that seems to worsen at night, it is a case of pneumonia. This is again treated with antibiotics.


4. Whooping Cough:

You have whooping cough if along with prolonged cough and cold, you have a cough that ends in a whooping sound. This is also treated with antibiotics.


5. Lung Cancer:

In extreme cases, it can be lung cancer if your prolonged cough and cold is accompanied by a rust coloured mucus, chest pain and pain while swallowing.

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Story first published: Friday, February 10, 2017, 20:30 [IST]
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