A barky cough produces a tight low pitched barking sound, commonly described like how a barking seal sounds. It is caused by croup, a virus in the vocal cords and trachea that may cause swelling.
Younger children are most susceptible to croup because their airways are small, making it hard to breathe.
Whooping cough (pertussis)
Whooping cough is an infection caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacteria that causes a severe cough. It infiltrates the bronchi and bronchioles causing soreness and tightness in the airways, leading to shortness of breath and severe coughing.
Whooping cough is so named because people make a “whoop” sound when they breathe in after a coughing fit. It’s important to note, however, that not everyone with whooping cough makes this noise.
Whooping cough needs special medical assistance as it can spread from person to person if not treated right away. It usually starts with mild sneezing and colds, and later on, it progresses to a more severe cough and difficulty of breathing.
What triggers cough?
Coughing can be stimulated by different causes. Some of them are temporary while others are life-long. Knowing cough triggers is the first step for figuring out effective home remedies for cough.
Cough triggers include:
Viruses and bacteria
Respiratory tract infection, such as colds and the flu, is the most common cause of coughs. Some flu or cold viruses last a few days up to a week, but some tend to stay longer and may require medication. Remember to ask your doctor for antibiotics if symptoms persist.
Asthma and allergies
Inhaling particles that may trigger asthma and allergy may cause coughing. It is the way your body gets rid of whatever is inside your system to prevent further harm.
You may not be asthmatic or suffering from an allergy but inhaling certain things can make you cough such as, cigarette smoke or strong scents. A change of weather may also be an irritant.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Acid coming up the throat can irritate the air passages and therefore cause you to cough.
Having colds means excess mucus from your sinus drips down your throat that triggers coughing.
Other causes such as medicinal side effects, lung inflammation, sleep apnea, pulmonary embolism, and heart failure.
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