It seems like everywhere you go in the Las Vegas valley lately, people are coughing. If you are the one doing the coughing, you probably get a dirty look from one or two people. But, there’s not much you can do to stop those nagging coughs. Even doctors don’t have many good remedies to choose from.
According to an article written by Kyle B. Enfield, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia on 8NewsNow.com, this winter has seen a rise in seasonal flu, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Coughing due to these illnesses can sometimes last weeks, or even months. A cough is a very common symptom when you have experienced one of these upper respiratory illnesses. It’s a symptom that leads to up to 30 million visits to the doctor’s office every year, per Enfield’s article.
The good news is, even though there are not a lot of remedies for persistent coughing, it usually goes away on its own. The body then begins to repair the damage that has been done to the lungs and airways.
Enfield’s article goes on to explain that doctors and scientists break coughs into three categories:
- An “acute cough” is what most people experience with a viral infection.
- A “sub-acute cough” usually lasts three or more weeks after you have come down with an upper respiratory infection.
- A “chronic cough” is one that persists for longer than 12 weeks. It is usually caused by asthma, post-nasal drip, and sometimes even reflux.
The informational post on 8NewsNow.com also refers to studies that have been done which show that “about half of patients recover from their cough without any treatment. For those who don’t, the limited data available suggests that inhalers, steroids, narcotics and certain over-the-counter medications may provide relief for some people.”
There are those who believe that home remedies work better than prescribed treatments. The most prominent home remedy is honey. Enfield’s article reports that “there is some limited supporting evidence behind its benefits.”
When you have that nagging cough, you’ll do just about anything to get relief. Just use common sense. And, when in doubt, ask a doctor.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.