Many people suffer from frequent coughing for years without resolution.

The downsides of coughing too much includes significant physical, social and psychological consequences14.

Physical impact9

  • Musculoskeletal chest pains
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Hoarse voice
  • Blackouts
  • Stress incontinence
  • Vomiting

Psychological impact9

  • Depressive symptoms
  • 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