What's Going Around: Post Infection Cough

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - It is the most common symptom that most all colds and viruses have in common: a hacking cough.

In many cases it's the part of the cold that just won't go away for weeks at a time.

Brett Boggs says "I was coughing every couple of seconds, using cough drops, had a scratchy throat, it got to the point where I couldn't even cough because my throat hurt so bad."

Boggs checked in with his doctor Matthew Runnels M.D. who tells us that post infectious cough is not uncommon, "It's a cough that happens after somebody gets some type of insult or infection, whether it's viral or bacterial, they get this nagging cough that can last anywhere from 3 to 8 weeks after an infection." says Runnels. "It's an inflammatory process, something that interrupts the lining of the respiratory system

Over the counter cough and cold medications can help if you pick one with a decongestant.

Dr. Runnels recommends you stay away from the cough medicines with suppressants because they can get in the way of loosening the cough. If the cough persists for longer than three weeks you should check in with your doctor so you can eliminate problems like pneumonia or asthma.