Types of coughs to worry about

Usually, anyone can suffer from a cough. It is so familiar, and you should not worry about it generally. It comes with every season change and stays for a few days and recovers itself. But in some situations, this can be a severe problem.

When should you Worry

Whooping cough

Whooping cough/ pertussis usually starts with the regular runny cold. Then it becomes violent and uncontrollable coughing which often makes you hard to breathe and painful. If untreated, it can even lead to more severe illness. If your cough gets worse and does not better over the weeks, get it checked out.

Night time cough

You are having dry cough off and on which gets worse every other night.

What can be the cause:

  • Asthma, a chronic condition of lungs where airways in the lungs become inflamed and narrowed, and they produce excess mucus.
  • Pulmonary oedema, may produce pinkish frothy mucus.
  • In some, cough becomes aggravated at the night without any pathology detected.

If you feel wheezing, chest tightness and dyspnoea. You should visit the doctor and consult.

Miserable Cough

A weak, hoarse cough, with high fever, muscular pain, and sniffles.

What can be the cause:

  • Influenza, also called as flu, a viral disease that attacks the respiratory system. Take plenty of fluids to avoid any dehydration and soothe your throat.

Bloody cough

Hemoptysis, or coughing up blood is an immediate sign to visit your doctor. This can be a dangerous sound.

What can be the cause:

  • Bronchitis is one of the leading causes.
  • Tuberculosis. It is immediate to start treatment for TB.
  • Injury. Any injury to trachea, pharynx, lungs can cause blood with cause.
  • Bronchial cancer.
  • Cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, a parasitic infection, or a lung abscess.


Dry Chronic cough

What can be the cause:

  • Tuberculosis. A chronic cough with fever is keynote symptom. A cough is often present with blood. Weight losscough could occur as well.
  • Chronic bronchitis. A persistent cough with expectoration almost days for at least three months of the year for two or more consecutive years. It generally occurs in winter.

Visit your doctor immediately. As soon as you start the treatment for Tuberculosis, is beneficial for you.

The Wheezy, Gurgly Cough

You had a cold for a few days, and now your cough has a raspy, whistling sound. Seems to be breathing rapidly and is very irritable.

What can be the cause:

  • Bronchiolitis, an infection of the bronchioles, the smallest airways in the lungs. if they swell and fill with mucus, it is difficult for a child to breathe. Contact your doctor immediately if you seem to be having difficulty breathing or drinking.

 The cough occurs after running cold

The running nose is a body’s defense action. So, that phlegm does not collect inside. If you started taking any medicine for cold and coughs starts. This is a bad sign. You should stop your medicine immediately and contact your doctor. We have been always taught that if you give medication for cold and patient comes back with cough. You are giving him the wrong medicine. Dr. Prafull vijayakar, the great homeopath, always mention this in his books.


While we did talk about when should you visit a doctor if you are having a cough. But in some conditions, it better not to take any medicine while you have coughing. And hence known as a good cough.

  1. While you are taking homeopathic treatment for any serious complaint.
  2. Seasonal cough that lasts for 1 week.
  3. A cough that is not bothering your activity

Always think before you take medicines for a cough and especially syrups. Always ask your doctor and take prescribed medicine only.


Dr. Shivani Aggarwal

I am a homoeopathic physician. My writing is based on my findings as i am eager to spread the word about how people can improve the way they live. I also write blog on how to travel safely around the world. My main objective is to discover how to live a more natural and holistic life, particularly in an ever-changing modern world.


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