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The Warning Signals of a Cough That You Should NEVER Ignore

Dr. Poonam Warman, MD

If you are experiencing a chronic cough that is lingering, you need to take an active approach and seek medical attention. It’s better to catch diseases early or to give yourself peace of mind in knowing that it may just simply be a cough, but many times environmental factors play a huge role in a chronic cough and corresponding illnesses.

Numerous key-contributing factors foster chronic coughing, but given last month’s horrific hurricane, many people may be coughing more due to molds, mildews and dampness. If you are susceptible to fungi’s and wetness for hours on end because your home or place of work was flooded, you may begin to feel sick physically, and a cough is your body’s way of trying to get rid of the toxins that you are breathing in. If you continue to breathe in these toxins, you can have long-lasting adverse effects, and you can even cause permanent damage to your lungs.

Coughing—Do Not Ignore These Symptoms:
• A persistent cough for several weeks
• Productive coughing with phlegm
• Asthmatic symptoms
• Shortness of breath
• Rapid heart rate with coughing episodes
• Pain when coughing
• Vomiting when coughing

Other Major Disorders That Contribute
To Coughing:
• COPD
• Asthma
• Pneumonia
• Tuberculosis
• Cystic fibrosis
• ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome)
• Emphysema
• Lung Cancer

There are multiple tests that can detect why you’re coughing, along with giving a detailed diagnosis. Some of these tests include a nebulizer, blood tests, CT, X-Ray, or MRI. When you see a pulmonologist, they will utilize their precise training to diagnose and treat your disorder or disease state.

If you have a persistent cough or are experiencing unusual respiratory symptoms, please make an appointment with your pulmonologist now. It’s better to be proactive than reactive when it comes to your health. If you let symptoms linger, that’s when they turn into progressive, advanced diseases.

About Dr. Warman:
Poonam Warman, M.D. has been practicing medicine for over 25 years. She is one of the only female pulmonologists in the area and specializes in sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Warman treats all aspects of lung disease and disorders. Her patients love the time that she takes to explain their personal situation, and they appreciate her innovative approach to treating diseases by getting to the root issues of the bodies overall condition.

To find out more about Dr. Warman and to schedule your appointment, please call (352) 369-6139

Dr. Poonam Warman, MD | 1500 SE Magnolia Ave. | Ocala, FL | 352-369-6139

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