When someone sneezes we usually say, “Bless you” but when you hear a bellowing cough your instincts are to run away. The suffering cougher goes unblessed and often feels isolated as people flee for cover hoping not to inhale any aerosolized infectious particles. Such defense mechanisms are not looked down upon in today’s era of germ avoidance, but what defense does the cougher have against the seemingly never ending cough?
The role and effectiveness of cough suppressants will be a topic to revisit on another day. More importantly, the cause of prolonged coughing should be identified. Let’s first discuss the difference between acute and chronic cough.
An acute cough generally goes away within three to four weeks for a child and within eight weeks for an adult. There are many causes of acute cough but the most common one is the common cold. Other causes include sinus infections, flu syndrome, other upper respiratory infections and ear i...
Coughing up blood is the spitting up of blood or bloody mucus from the lungs and throat (respiratory tract).
Hemoptysis is the medical term for coughing up blood from the respiratory tract.
Hemoptysis; Spitting up blood; Bloody sputum
Coughing up blood is not the same as bleeding from the mouth, throat, or gastrointestinal tract.
Blood that comes up with a cough often looks bubbly because it is mixed with air and mucus. It is usually bright red, although it may be rust-colored. Sometimes the mucus may only contain streaks of blood.
A number of conditions, diseases, and medical tests may make you cough up blood, including:
Blood clot in the lung
Breathing blood into the lungs (pulmonary aspiration)
Inflammation of the blood v...
One of the best ways to manage migraines is to identify the
foods, habits, and environmental factors that trigger them for you,
and to avoid those as much as you can. While migraine triggers vary
from person to person, we have identified ten that can lead to
migraine attacks in many migraine sufferers. Keeping a detailed
diary of your daily routine including eating, sleeping, and
exercise habits can help you recognize and steer clear of
the factors that contribute to your migraines. Knowing your
tirggers and avoiding them can reduce the frequency and severity of
your attacks and improve your overall quality of life.
Common Migraine Triggers
1. Changes in Weather or Air Pressure
Humidity, changes in atmospheric pressure, rapid fluctuations in
temperature, or exposure to extreme heat or cold can all bring on
Bright sunlight, strong or glaring light, reflections,
fluorescent lights, or flickering lights from a television or
computer screen can contribute...
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