7 life threatening diseases that first start with cough

7 life threatening diseases that first start with cough

Coughing is the body’s way of clearing foreign irritants and mucus from the throat. Everyone coughs from time to time because it is a common reflex action. Scratchy throat in cold weather can lead to coughs.
However, coughing may indicate an underlying condition if it lasts more than a week or comes in frequent bouts.

The first sign of severe conditions like tuberculosis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a cough. Here are seven dangerous conditions you should consider when you are suffering from a cough.

Lung cancer
Lung cancer starts when abnormal cells grow in the bronchial walls. One of the first warning signs is persistent cough that lasts more than three weeks. Lung cancer mostly affect those who smoke.
Though non-smokers can also be affected by the condition. Coughing can be a sign of cancer and is caused by intrabronchial protrusion of the tumour. This lesion may change the character of sound in chronic coughers to a “brassy” sound. When lung cancer advances, the patient may begin to cough up blood.

2, Acute respiratory distress syndrome
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is a contagious viral respiratory illness that is accompanied by symptoms similar to those of other respiratory illnesses like flu and pneumonia. The disease is transferred when a person coughs. Chronic, persistent cough might be a sign of SARS. Consult a doctor immediately if your cough refuses to stop.

3, Sarcoidosis
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects the body’s tissues and organs. It occurs when the immune system overreacts and damages the body’s own tissues”. When sarcoidosis affects the lungs, inflammation can scar lung tissue leading to reduced oxygen levels. Major symptoms includes a dry cough that persists, and difficulty in breathing.

4, Cystic fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is a congenital disease characterized by abnormally thick, sticky mucus that prevents organs such as the lungs and pancreas from working properly. The mucus blocks the airways and traps bacteria, leading to infections and extensive lung damage. Signs of this disease include chronic cough which brings out thick sputum and wheezing.

5, Congestive heart failure
Congestive heart failure (CHF) usually develop over time. It occurs when the heart finds it difficult to efficiently pump blood and/or prevent blood from accumulating in the lungs. An early symptom of the disease is a dry, hacking cough, which becomes persistent when lying down. If left unchecked, CHF can lead to heart attack, and ultimately death.

6, Atelectasis
Atelectasis is a lung condition which occurs when one or more areas of your lungs collapse or refuses to expand properly. It can be caused by an accumulation of mucus in the airways. The coughing might be more severe than is normal for you and this can be an indicator of the condition.

7, Pulmonary oedema
Pulmonary oedema occurs when there’s excess fluid in the lungs. The fluid accumulates in the air sacs, causing difficulty in breathing. A cough that produces sputum with small bubbles can be a sign of pulmonary oedema.

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