Health

How Can Cough Affect Your Body?

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Published on September 3rd, 2019

The process of rapid discharge of air from your lungs or trachea to clear dust, soot, foreign particles, fluids, microbes, mucus or any form of uneasiness away from your throat and the respiratory system is known as coughing.

Coughing is a very common and active impulse or reflex that is spontaneous and generally temporary.

Coughing can also be a symptom of respiratory tract infection, in any case, it usually lasts for about two to three weeks, after which it can cause serious physical damage.

Most of us tend to ignore proceeding for medical help, but this should not be disregarded for too long as they might have the following repercussions:

1. Muscular Pain

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Tenacious coughing for a very long duration of time can result in rampant muscle pulls due to the contractions and expansion of intercostals muscles.

They can also result in chronic muscular pain, which is known as costochondritis.

In the end, this may out-turn into retraction of the chest as suprasternal, intercostal and substernal retractions.

2. Cracked Rib

Chronic periods of coughing often result in rib cracks. Women as mostly affected by this. The middle part of the rib cage, often along the sides is mostly affected.

It mostly happens due to low bone density, another very common syndrome among adult females.

Although, rib fractures induced by heavy and long-term coughing also may occur to people with normal to high bone density.

3. Damage To Small Blood Vessels

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Blood vessels are the pipeline for our life. Frequent sudden violent coughs can seriously injure fine blood vessels, especially the ones present in anus and nose and may result in haemorrhage.

Damage to blood vessels, even smaller ones, can further because permanent damages to vital organs in your body.

They generally repair themselves on their own, but that needs time. Persistent coughing does not let the vessels heal and regenerate, thus creating serious issues.

4. Rupture Of The Diaphragm

Diaphragmatic rupture or tear can cause mild to substantial trauma. The arched, flat, muscular structure is placed right below the lungs, between the thoracic and abdominal cavity.

During the expiratory phase before a cough, the diaphragm contracts. The diaphragm is pushed upward whereas the ribs are forced inward and downward.

It results in strong opposing action that might result in a diaphragmatic rupture.

5. Tissue Damage

Soft tissue damages or STIs are referred to damage of ligaments, tendons or muscles, in your body.

There can be a variety of consequences due to tissue tears such as pain, swelling, bruising, and damage.

Coughing can result in permanent and serious tissue tears in your throat caused due to throat infections, which occur due to continuous and prolong time coughing.

6. Blood Cough

Blood coughs can be very alarming and traumatic for you. Small amounts of bright red blood or clots of blood coming out with sputum, i.e. phlegm can be due to multiple reasons.

It generally comes out of our lungs due to infections or dryness, or irritation.

Although coughing can also leave the mucous membrane of your trachea injured and raw, this, due to further coughs may result in bleeding.

7. Early Symptoms

While the aforementioned points explained what a cough can do, there are plenty of other early signals coughing can denote.

Long-term dry coughs may be symptoms for ARI (acute/chronic respiratory tract infection) tuberculosis, pneumonia, asthma, cardiac diseases, bronchitis, and others.

Therefore, if consistent coughing is not cured by medication or medicines for cough and sore throat, you must seek medical help.

Tests, treatments and diagnosis at an early stage can help prevent damage, disease, and suffrage.

Coughing is mostly a basic reaction caused by a variety of reasons. While you do not need to panic unnecessarily, you can take measures that can reduce your cough without allopathic medicines.

Consuming ayurvedic medicine for cough and sore throat on a regular basis prevents your respiratory system from getting infected and affected.

It also ensures having no side effects as compared to allopathic medicines and remedies.