Persistence is what everyone should have in life but not in illnesses. If only, we can exempt ourselves from getting coughs and colds we all would have, unfortunately, we can’t and contracting either one is more easy to get than what we expect. There are ways to prevent an onset of coughs and colds and there are countless remedies to cure it but what if it stayed with us for long periods of time? What effect would it have to our bodies?
Many would like to believe, that a simple cough and cold is harmless and doesn’t pose a threat to our health in the long run, but having a cough or cold for an extended period of time can also mean a more serious illness.
To give us an overview of the effects of prolonged coughs and cold and what it can actually mean, read further below:
- If your cough is persistent, this may mean that you have a respiratory tract infection, an example of this is chronic bronchitis. It is best to consult your doctor if you feel that you might have this type of illness.
- If you have a long term history or a family member has asthma, chances are you also have it. Asthma is also a factor for prolonged coughing. Other symptoms of asthma are tightness and shortness of breath.
- An allergy can also be a cause of coughing.
- Smokers are prone to have coughing that stays with them longer.
- Other illnesses that protracted coughing and colds can be are bronchiectasis which is the airways of the lung becomes uncommonly wide, post nasal drip or sinusitis and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease wherein the throat becomes irritated due to the leakage of the stomach acid.
- If your colds are longer than usual, just like cough, it may have an effect in your respiratory system. Prolonged colds can lead to more serious illnesses such as pneumonia and sinus infections. If a person produces a kind of whistling sound during breathing it may mean a problem in the lungs.
- Colds can lead to ear infections. Most common with children, long term colds can lead to the said infection. If not treated immediately, the ear may be thoroughly infected and permanently damaged and in some cases may cause deafness. Symptoms of ear infection includes fever, bad odor in the ear, itching and pain.
- Prolonged colds can lead to an unhealthy loss of appetite. Usually, the person infected loses the ability to fully taste food. Drastically losing ones apetite means that the fluid and electrolyte balance in our bodies will be compromised because of the lack of food intake. The imbalance may cause vomiting, diarrhea and can permanently damage our internal organs.
Illnesses once contracted should be exterminated immediately. It has no right to stay with us for long. It damages us and our bodies. Getting rid of it is always the main priority. Always remember to always stay healthy.
IMPORTANT NOTE: For prolonged coughs and colds, it is always best to consult your doctors for proper guidance, recommendation and treatment.