Many people suffer from frequent coughing for years without resolution.
The downsides of coughing too much includes significant physical, social and psychological consequences14.
Musculoskeletal chest pains
Worrying about serious underlying diseases such as cancer and tuberculosis
Impact on social well-being9
Difficulty in relationships
Avoidance of public places
Disruption of employment
Cough impact on children and parents
In children, acute cough due to infections disturbs the quality of sleep which in turn might affect their academic performance. Coughing also affects the parents’ quality of sleep and impacts their daily activities.15
The economic impact of cough
Coughs are associated with substantial healthcare expenditure. The economic burden of cough is a combination of at least the following six factors9
Reduced “on‐the‐job” productivity
Absenteeism from work
Absenteeism due to care giving for others (mainly children) with upper respiratory tract infection
Physician consultation cost
Prescription medication cost
Non‐prescription medication cost
Acute cough disturbed the quality of sleep in 88% of children and 72% of parents15.
It also affected the scholastic activity and sports activities in 76% and 61% of children, respectively.15