Reasons you need to watch out for persistent cough

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Nov 14, 2014

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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.
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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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