If you are suffering from a chronic cough, it is very important that you get it treated. This is particularly the case if you are elderly or it is a young child that is suffering from a persistent cough.Whilst a cough is rarely serious, at first, if left untreated in these age groups, it soon can develop into something quite serious.
For example, a cough with phlegm or green mucus can be an indicator of a deep or serious infection. A simple chest infection can quickly develop into something like pneumonia, which can take months to recover from. In the elderly, it can be even more serious and can result in death. A cough in a baby can be an early symptom of bronchiolitis. This is why if a baby has a persistent cough you should seek medical advice at an early stage.
Even fit and healthy adults should not leave a persistent cough untreated. The current advice is if you have had a cough for more than three weeks, you should make an appointment to see your doctor. A cough that lasts longer than three weeks is an indicator that there is something wrong that needs the attention of a doctor.
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It is sensible to treat a cough at an early stage to stop it developing into something more serious. If the symptoms do not subside quickly, you know early on that the cough is serious and that you need to see a doctor.
Coughing is Debilitating
The other reason you need to treat a cough sooner rather than later is that coughing constantly can be very debilitating. It can stop a person from sleeping and, in some cases, affect the appetite. Again, a healthy adult may be able to cope with this for a couple of weeks and bounce back quickly. However, a young child or elderly person could not. The elderly, in particular, can ill afford to lose weight.
An untreated cough can lower your immunity to other infections. You will be more prone to catching other infections which will also take longer to clear up.
If you have a cough with phlegm visit the Mucus Management website to find out how to treat it.