You may know the feeling: you wake up and have to cough hard first. Or maybe you don't have it in the morning at all, but at some other time during the day. Your throat hurts afterwards and you feel uncomfortable. Sometimes there is also some fear, because you don't know whether you are sick now and whether you should go to the doctor. Also, you don't know if it's something serious or just temporary.
In today's article we want to enlighten you and hopefully put your mind at ease. So it is not always necessary to run straight to the hospital when a strong cough occurs. The important thing is that you stay calm, analyze the facts and then make a decision. Of course, it can be an advantage, especially for your mood, to ask your family doctor. Read this article and make up your own mind.
the essentials in brief
Acute cough lasts up to three weeks. Coughing for more than 8 weeks means you have a health problem.
A dry cough is less severe than a wet and severe cough
If you have a persistent or recurring strong cough, you should definitely see a doctor
Definition: What is a severe cough?
What do we classify as a severe cough and what is a “normal” cough. The difference is actually clear relatively quickly. A normal cough feels normal and doesn't come often or recur. It can occur, for example, when you've walked through fine dust and inhaled very little of it, or when you've caught a cold .
A severe cough is significantly stronger and may even hurt you. You may be approached by friends or asked if everything is okay. A strong cough is also rather annoying and penetrating and very important: it does not go away on its own!
Background: What you should know about a strong cough?
Now it's time to get down to business! We break down the ins and outs of a bad cough and answer your most pressing questions. It is important to mention that this article does not replace a trip to the doctor.
A strong cough is only worrying from about 2 months
If you read through the answers and aren't satisfied or don't find what you want, then definitely get your cough checked. That's the only way you can be sure it's nothing serious!
Why do some people get stronger coughs?
The easiest way to answer this question is to ask whether this person smokes or not. Smokers often get faster and stronger coughs than non-smokers. This is because the airways can be easily inflamed. In addition to smokers, sick coughs can occur, both during and after the illness.
If you have a cough that lasts longer than 8 weeks, you should see a doctor. You can also get a cough as a side effect of medication or when vessels in your lungs have blocked. However, these two variants are less common.
When is a strong cough really strong (dangerous to health)?
A bad cough is really bad if you can take long-term damage from it. In the worst case, death could even result. But don't worry, this is really only very, very rarely the case. Much more often you have been infected with something and your airways are blocked. For example, this can be mucus that flows down the throat.
Leila Wehrhahn, B.Sc. Ökotrophologie, ist eine erfahrene Expertin auf dem Gebiet der Ernährungswissenschaften. Durch ihre fundierte akademische Ausbildung und langjährige praktische Erfahrung hat sie sich auf die Beratung zur optimalen Nahrungsergänzung spezialisiert. Leila kombiniert ihr tiefes Verständnis der Ernährungswissenschaft mit einem praktischen Ansatz, um individuelle Empfehlungen für eine optimale Nahrungsergänzung zu geben.
Ihre Leidenschaft ist es, Menschen bei der Entwicklung einer ausgewogenen und gesunden Ernährungsweise zu unterstützen. Ihre Philosophie basiert auf Nachhaltigkeit und Wohlbefinden. Leila möchte Sie umfassend informieren und Sie auf Ihrem Weg zu mehr Gesundheit und Lebensqualität begleiten.