How to stop your nagging cough from nagging you!
Does this sound familiar: You feel like you’re getting over a winter cold, but that dry cough just won’t let up?
The carina may be to blame – and no, that’s not an old high school chum.
“The carina is a tiny node of nerve fibres where the trachea splits into the two lung fields,” explains Bryce Wylde, associate medical director of Toronto’s P3 Health and host of TV’s Wylde on Health. “When the carina gets irritated, whether it’s from a viral infection, a bacterial infection or just because you’re coughing a lot, it signals the brain to cough.”
The problem is, an irritated carina will continue to trigger that nagging cough – even if there is nothing there. “So ultimately,” says Wylde, “the more you cough, the more you cough because of this little node.”
At that point, says Wylde, you need to work to suppress the cough to get through your day and, more importantly, to get a good night’s rest.
Here are some ways to do just that.