We're in the midst of winter, and you may be struggling with a cough. What causes this common occurrence and when do you seek help?
General practitioner, Dr Darren Green, joins CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson to explain what coughs are all about, and when you need to seek medical help.
He also answers other medical questions from callers.
It's basically when there is irritation of the airway, which leads to an eventual action which is a cough, a coughing sound and reflex.— Dr Darren Green, GP
Anything that causes a bit of irritation can lead to coughing. But when should you seek help for a cough.
When you cough you are increasing the pressure in your chest cavity, and it can have an effect on your blood pressure.
When you cough you also have raised intra-cranial pressure. You often find your head hurts.
But anything from a post nasal drip, a bit of slime and mucus, all the way through to acute sinusitis, tonsillitis, infections of the airway, upper respiratory tract infections and even reflux disease and acid reflux...can lead to an irritating cough.— Dr Darren Green, GP
Callers phoned in about the common cold.
A common cold does not really have a remedy.— Dr Darren Green, GP
It is usually treated symptomatically, says Dr Green
Listen to the full conversation below: