When you're feeling a little under the weather, it's all too easy to ignore your symptoms. You can't worry about a sore throat and runny nose when you have a job to do, bills to pay, and a family to take care of. There are times, though, when you should be on alert and pay extra close attention to your body — like with certain types of coughing you should never ignore.
If a pesky cough (medical name: tussis, according to Medical News Today) is annoying you, you're not alone. WebMD says it's the most common reason we see a doctor — a whopping 30 million of us each year. As annoying as it is, coughing is something our bodies do to protect us. We cough to remove things from our throat or lungs that we don't like — like dirt, food that got stuck, and mucus when we have a cold or the flu.
But what if a cough seems like it might be more than a cough? While they are relatively harmless and generally go away on their own, they could also be a sign of something more serious. If you're experiencing any of the following kinds of coughs, don't dismiss them. Instead, talk to a doctor about what it might be.