Bad Cough That Won’t Quit Part Of Winter Virus Going Around

Bad Cough That Won’t Quit Part Of Winter Virus Going Around

While we are at the peak flu season, which comes hand in hand with seasonal colds, medical experts warn about another virus going around.  Persistent cough is the most common symptom of this virus, but there have also been many reports of illnesses, including respiratory infections and gastrointestinal issues.

According to Dr. Kenneth Patton of Bethesda North Hospital:

Recently we have been seeing a big surge of the upper respiratory type of symptoms, the cough, the congestion, the feeling really short of breath.”

This cough then leads to symptoms which range in severity, from a day in bed to a visit to the emergency room. It develops quite slowly, and then becomes problematic over time. Shortness of breath is clearly noticeable when patients seek medical attention, and according to Dr. Patton, his patients deal with serious difficulties.

 “They are retracting, their ribs are doing a lot of work. You can see their neck muscles, you can really see that they are having a hard time breathing.”

People of different ages experience the illness differently.

“A common cold to you and me, maybe a very serious pneumonia or illness for [elderly or children].”

The major problem is that the symptoms last too long and don’t seem to go away, and the cough it causes simply won`t stop.

Generally speaking, illnesses which last longer than a week, are considered bacterial in nature. Such infections are treated with IV fluid and medications. On the flip side, these isn’t any treatment for this upper respiratory illness as it is a virus. If the symptoms become severe, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention.

Below are a few tips on how to ease your breathing and boost your immune system.  Check them out:

  • Get enough sleep (to both prevent illness in the first place and heal the body)
  • Don’t smoke and avoid places where smoking is allowed
  • Exercise in fresh air to strengthen the body and avoid potential irritants
  • Make sure you maintain proper hand hygiene
  • Eat plenty of fruits and veggies to provide the body with essential vitamins and minerals, as well as probiotics which boost immunity

In addition, here are some tips from Nottingham Post you help you cough-proof your home:

  • Avoid being outside for too long, as cold air exacerbates a cough.  Stay inside in the warm as much as possible!
  • As smoking releases the most potent irritants in the air, avoid areas where people smoke.
  • Sleep with extra pillows, as all the mucus you would otherwise swallow now flows back and irritates the throat.
  • Keep the air inside your home irritant-free.  Scented candles and air-fresheners seem convenient and harmless but can cause irritation and coughing in some people.