Pulmonologist Petrova explained when a lingering cough requires seeing a doctor

Pulmonologist Svetlana Petrova: a lingering cough can haunt a person for weeks.

Pulmonologist Petrova said in an interview that the “phenomenon” of a lingering cough often manifests itself in the autumn -winter period. Its occurrence is facilitated by various infections, which is not uncommon during the season when numerous viruses begin to actively circulate.

“A cough with a viral disease can persist for two weeks, this is considered normal. With some infections, a cough can be present for up to three weeks,” Petrova shared in a comment to the St. Petersburg TV channel.
The doctor added that a cough can also drag on due to improper treatment or neglect of recommendations that are important to follow during this period.

What a pulmonologist recommends for cough therapy:

  • Quit smoking;
  • Provide rest to cough receptors – for example, by frequently drinking warm drinks or broths, maintaining air humidity;
  • Talk less.

Petrova explained when a persistent cough requires seeing a doctor.

“If the cough continues for more than 3-4 weeks, then you need to see a doctor.”
Ignoring a persistent cough or self-medicating in its case is dangerous – such a cough may be a symptom of dangerous disorders that require examination and treatment.

What pathologies can cause a lingering cough:

  • Mycoplasma infection and whooping cough – they are relevant diseases this season;
  • Post-Covid syndrome;
  • Heart failure:
  • Pulmonary hypertension, stagnation of blood in the lungs;
  • Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, gastroesophageal reflux;
  • Oncological diseases of the bronchi or lungs due to smoking.
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    Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.

    Svetlana Petrova Svetlana Petrova Health pulmonologist, candidate of medical sciences