Because coughs are triggered by a tickle or irritation in the back of your throat, they can be caused by a number of things, from allergies to the common cold. But if your cough is lingering for 4 weeks or longer, you should come in for an evaluation. Persistent coughs can be a sign of other underlying health conditions. Plus, constantly coughing can cause headaches, dizziness, vomiting, and even fractured ribs.
How Do I Know If My Cough Is Serious?
If your cough is lingering for more than 4 weeks, you should get it checked out, especially if you are coughing up blood or you’re in a high-risk group for more serious conditions.