HEALTH TIPS (SERIES 3) Part 2
Allergy and Asthma are other causes of Cough
A non-productive cough may be due to an allergen or irritant. If the cough occurs at night, it can be associated with reflux or asthma.
A diagnosis of asthma is given if the cough is nocturnal, exercise-induced, allergy-induced, and responsive to the use of bronchodilator medications and the child has a positive family history of allergy or asthma.
Asthma attacks can be triggered by pollen, animal dander, dust mite excrement, physical exertion in cold air, stress and even emotional issues.
Smoke from burning trash, cigarettes, cooking odors and emission from vehicles and factories may also produce cough.
Smoking is the most common cause of irritant cough which is usually dry, tic-like and may persist for a day or a few weeks. Substances with strong scents like perfume, cologne, or pungent chemicals as well as a foul smelling backyard pigpen may also be an irritant.
The ash fall from the eruption of Taal Volcano can also induce cough.
Psychogenic cough can be produced on request but disappears during sleep and is commonly observed in females. It may also be an act to relieve one of stress or nervousness before giving a speech.
To be continued in the next Blog.....
The natural home remedies discussed in this article are not meant to treat or cure but are alternative guides to help alleviate the symptoms of common ailments in children. Should your child’s symptoms persist, consult with your friendly neighborhood pediatrician or family physician. Be Blessed! Be Loved! Be Healed!