A persistent cough can be tiresome, irritating and of course, frustrating for the people and their doctors alike! Usually, most coughs clear up within three weeks, but when they don’t and linger for longer, this can signal serious underlying health conditions.
Here are some reasons why your cough is not improving and requires a doctor’s visit:
Persistent coughing, along with wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath, is a characteristic symptom of asthma – a respiratory disease which affects airways. Asthmatic coughs are usually dry coughs and may get worse at night or early in the morning.