10 Things in your Office and Home which Might be Aggravating your Cough

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 23, 2014

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Sometimes cough does not subside even after a long time. As long as it is not a medical condition, cough should subside soon on its own however there are some agents that can play a role in aggravating the cough
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    Suffering from cough that is not yet ready to subside even after a long time. As long as it is not a medical condition, cough should subside soon on its own however there are some agents that can play a role in aggravating the cough. Here are some of those things at your home or office that can be a bad news for your respiratory system. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    If you have a pet at home you must read this carefully since pet dander has been found responsible for causing frequent and even persistent cough. Pet dander is a highly allergenic mixture of the skin flakes mixed with its saliva. Keep your pets clean and regularly clean their dander. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Furniture, especially upholstered furniture attracts a lot of dust which often gets released into the surrounding air whenever someone uses that furniture. Such dust particles in the air can worsen your cough. Clean your upholstery more frequently than normal furniture. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Cosmetics that have a strong odour, especially perfumes, can aggravate symptoms of asthma. Such cosmetics like deodorants, hairspray and perfumes can irritate your airways and cause cough. Avoid such cosmetics if you notice them triggering a cough in you. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Cold Air

    Too much cold air can irritate your respiratory passage, worsening your cough. That is the reason cough often worsens at night due to comparatively cooler air. Cold air worsens the irritation and can cause the airways to go into a spasm which results in coughing. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Indoor plants in homes and offices are a common sight, however the soil present in such plants is a rich source of mold which may release spores that can enter your respiratory passage and lead to an irritation. This leads to the typical coughing and sneezing that indicates an allergic response.

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    Stuffed Toys

    Have a young kid at home who has a collection of stuffed toys? Well, you might want to take a look at those toys. These toys tend to collect dust and when your kid plays with them, the dust gets into the airways, aggravating the cough.

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    Curtains and Drapes

    Curtains and drapes in our homes and offices are a common location for dust particles and even bacteria to accumulate. The fabric acts like a magnet attracting more than normal amount of dust. Clean or wash your curtains frequently to avoid respiratory problems like cough, allergy, asthma and immunology. Image Courtesy : Getty Images


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    The pollution in and around your locality can offer ample smoke to cause severe irritation of the mucous membranes lining your airways. Smoke from a cigarette, chimney, vehicles can aggravate your cough. Make sure you avoid such smoke at home and at office. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Another common home for dust particles are the carpets in your home and office. They accumulate a lot of dust and human skin flakes and even animal dander at home. Wipe or vacuum clean your carpets and foot rugs to avoid cough problem. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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    Your Bed

    Your bed can also be the culprit behind that cough that irritates you as soon as you hit the bed. The mattress, bedspreads, pillows and sheets on your bed all accumulate dust with time which keeps on getting denser due to gravity. Frequently use fresh pillow covers and sheets to escape the cough. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

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