I am no doctor by any means. I do cough a lot and went for a check up to see if it was just the dry air in the house or something more serious. Come to find out I have COPD. I never smoked so I could not understand why I would have COPD, that stands for; Chronic Pulmonary Disease. Chronic Pulmonary Disease is caused by damage to the lungs over the years. This is usually a combination of two diseases; Chronic Pulmonary Disease and Emphysema. If the coughing last for a week or more you should go see a doctor. There are test that he/she will order to have done. They are painless and do not take long. First there is the chest X-ray and then a breathing test. (https://www.thoracic.org)
My doctor has me on two types of inhalers; one I use twice a day, every day and the other for just when I need to. For example: if I hike up the mountain behind the house and I get short of breath.
Other causes of chronic coughing
There may be a number of common causes for chronic coughing. (Dr. Peter Dicpinigaitis M.D. director of the Montefiore Cough Center NY)
- · Inflamed sinusitis
- · Post-nasal drip
- · Asthma or allergens
Something as simple as impacted ear wax can cause chronic coughing. The wax in the ear builds up and can cause pressure against nerves inside the ear. Inflamed sinusitis is the cause of about 33 percent of chronic coughing. Asthma and allergens are another reason for chronic coughing. Sometimes, coughing is only a symptom of an underlying problem such as acid reflux.
There are a number of things that can relieve these coughing symptoms. A neti pot sold at any drug store or pharmacy will help. Gargling with warm water a couple time a day, avoiding such things as dust, cigarette smoke and other things that cause chronic coughing. (https://www.mayoclinic.org )