Cough Warning Signs

This time of year, it seems like almost everyone has a cough — and once you catch a cough, it can be hard to get rid of.

But when does a normal winter annoyance turn into something you should worry about?

Here are 5 warning signs that you should get that cough checked out by a medical professional.

  • Your cough comes with unexplained weight loss. When these symptoms appear together, they could signal a dangerous progressive disease like tuberculosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • A barking noise associated with your cough. A barking or whooping noise could mean that you have adult-onset whooping cough, which can be serious if left untreated. 
  • If you’re a non-smoker and your cough lasts more than a couple of weeks. A chronic cough that isn’t associated with an illness like a cold or flu can be a warning sign of some cancers.
  • You are coughing up strange phlegm or blood. If it alarms you when you cough it up, get it checked out.
  • During a coughing fit, you become short of breath. This could be a warning sign for a number of serious conditions like COPD and even HIV. Get checked out as soon as you can.

Sources:

The Washington Post

Prevention

Merck Manual

Ashley Neely has been a lead content creator and social media manager with CDLLife since 2015. Her passion? Helping the men and women in the trucking industry get the news they need and the respect that they deserve.