Donate to Chronic Cough Research, Patient Care and Education
Coughing might occasionally be uncomfortable, but it really serves a practical function. If you cough, then you bring up mucus and foreign substance out of the airways that may irritate your lungs. Coughing may also be in response to illness or inflammation. Many coughs are short lived. One might catch a cold or the flu, cough for a couple of days or weeks, then begin to feel better. More frequently, a cough lingers for many weeks, weeks or even years. When a person continues coughing with no obvious trigger, they might have something severe or an underlying condition that needs to be treated by a physician.
Generosity seen by Northwestern Memorial Foundation helps our patients and physicians to discover underlying conditions and answers when it comes to ailments like a chronic cough. Patients can suffer greatly from a cough that lasts eight months or more, which is referred to as a chronic cough. Even chronic coughs frequently have a treatable cause. They could result from ailments like postnasal drip or allergies.
A chronic cough may have a large effect on a person’s life; yet, it may even affect sleep patterns and keep the person awake through the night. This can have a profound effect on a person’s work life and home life, thus creating fatigue and anxiety throughout the day. Any cough that lasts for over three weeks should be checked out by a physician, as it may be chronic and need further assessment and treatment. Your donations to Northwestern Memorial Foundation can help those in need of assessment and treatment.
A persistent cough may lead to irritation that is both physical and psychological since an individual might not be able to identify what is going on his or her body. Chronic cough may attribute to a lack of bladder control both at night and during the day. Oftentimes, chronic cough may also leave someone feeling lightheaded or dizzy and also cause fainting or nausea. In acute cases, it may result in fractured ribs.
If a person experiences the symptoms below, brought on by a chronic cough that has lasted for more than three weeks, they should see a physician:
- nausea or fainting
- chest soreness and discomfort
- frustration and stress from coughing
- pain in the ribs or shortness of breath
- sleep reduction
- urine leakage
There are also several reasons a cough may not improve. For instance, a person’s airways are irritated by the flu or a cold that lingers, a person is not drinking enough fluids throughout the day, or they are very stressed.
Chronic Cough Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
When it comes to better understanding chronic cough, donations to Northwestern Memorial Foundation are very much appreciated. They support various ailments, as well as ensuring that patients like those with a chronic cough get the treatment they need in order to live a cough-free and stress-free life. Charitable donations are a wonderful way to give back to the Illinois community and support those in need. No matter what type of gift is given, no gift is too big or too small when it comes to Northwestern Memorial Foundation.