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When a Cough Becomes Life-threatening

Health • by Ryno Ellis • 29 July 2019
Having a persistent cough might seem harmless at first, but if left untreated, this could potentially lead to lower respiratory tract infection and can become deadly.

Lower respiratory tract infection is when an infection spreads to the lower parts of your breathing system which stretches from your voice box to your lungs.

This means that lower respiratory tract infection can either affect the airways in your lungs or the lung sacs (alveoli) at the end of each airway.

Types of lower respiratory tract infections:

1 Bronchitis – an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes
2 Pneumonia – a bacterial, fungal or viral infection of the lungs
3 Bronchiolitis – a lung infection in infants caused by inflammation in the small airways of the lungs
4 Tuberculosis – a serious bacterial infection of the lungs that could spread easily

Any of these symptoms should not be ignored

Symptoms of lower respiratory infections vary in severity. Less severe symptoms could range from having a stuffy or runny nose or dry cough to a mild fever and headache

However, when any of the above symptoms are either accompanied by or progresses to any of the following more severe symptoms, then it’s imperative that you see your doctor:

These are some of the common causes of lower respiratory infections:

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