Coughing is a body’s natural reaction to foreign objects and to get rid of mucus out of the respiratory tract. On its own, coughing is not a disease. A cough is a symptom to many different causes such as cold and allergies. Sometimes it’s not that hard figuring out the cause of the cough. Depending on its sound or accompanying symptoms, you can figure out what you’re suffering from.
7. Asthma : Asthma is a condition in which your airways become inflamed. If you suffer from asthma, along with dry coughs and wheezing noises, your chest tightens and you undergo difficulty breathing and fatigues.
6. Postnasal Drip : Coughing out of a postnasal drip is due to mucus, secreted as a result of cold or allergy, reaching nerve ends down your throat. It could be either a dry or a wet cough. In case the cause is allergies, you get an itchy feeling in your throat together with sneezing. If you get a long-lasting cold with thick yellow to green mucus and congestion, it’s a sinus infection.
5. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) : GERD, or Acid Reflux, occurs when stomach acid passes the esophageal sphincter back to your esophagus. The most common complication of GERD is chronic dry, intermittent cough. Also, sometimes it’s accompanied by heart burn.
4. Pneumonia : Signs of pneumonia include fever, painful and difficult breathing with dry coughs that escalate to moist coughs accompanied with yellow, green or red mucus.
3. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) : Smoking causes your lungs to lose elasticity leading to COPD. The sufferer coughs a lot of mucus, usually throughout the morning and experience difficulty breathing and wheezing.
2. Pertussis (Whooping Cough) : It’s important to see a doctor immediately if you, or your child, cough severely and let out a whooping noise as you breathe.
1. Medication-Related Cough : You have to be aware that some medications, such as blood pressure medications, may cause dry coughs as a side effect.