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Reasons you need to watch out for persistent cough

Apart from an infection, there are a number of other reasons for persistent cough. Here are some reasons for uncontrolled cough that you need to know.

Communicable Diseases By Himanshu Sharma / Nov 14, 2014

Reasons for Uncontrolled Cough

A cough is irritating and can be painful. One that is nagging mostly occurs because of a cold, flu or other infection. Apart from an infection, there are a number of other reasons for persistent cough. Here are some that you must know. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


Allergens present in the atmosphere are one of the common reasons behind allergic cough. These pollutants mostly in the form of chemicals and industrial gases, lead to chest congestion in the respiratory tract and trigger cough. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of bronchial tubes. Wet cough, in which cough with mucus is expelled, is one of the characteristics of the condition. The main cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking, you must stop it if you do. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


One of the warning signs of asthma is frequent bouts of cough accompanied by breathlessness and wheezing. It is a reflex mechanism to expel the allergen out of the body that triggers the bout. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


Pneumonia is a lung infection in which you may cough and run a fever. In pneumonia, dry cough becomes productive with greenish mucus. Most symptoms of pneumonia are similar to bronchitis, but it may end up with you expelling blood. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Gastroesophagus Reflux Disease (GERD)

GERD can cause cough accompanied by a burning sensation in the chest or throat. The reason for cough due to GERD occurs early in the morning or at night. Cough is triggered when the sphincter muscles loosen causing the stomach acid to flow back to the food pipe and irritate the lining. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Tuberculosis (TB)

Persistent cough accompanied by fatigue and weight loss is a warning sign of a bacterial infection in the lungs. Tuberculosis is suspected if the patient coughs up blood along with mucus. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Lung Cancer

Cough that lasts for more than three weeks and is accompanied by presence of blood, breathlessness, unexplained weight loss, extreme fatigue and chest pain indicate cancer of the lungs. Lung cancer is one of the most common causes of cough in smokers and tobacco users.  (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


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