Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a very unpleasant and painful symptom that can occur in various diseases.
Practice shows that in about half of the cases the cause of obsessive cough lies not in inflammation of the bronchi (bronchitis), but in diseases of the upper respiratory tract (pharynx and nasopharynx). This can manifest rhinitis, pharyngitis and sinusitis. Bronchitis usually develops in the advanced stage of SARS, when the pathogenic microflora was able to reach the bronchi.
How to deal with an obsessive cough?
The first step is to pinpoint the cause of the compulsive paroxysmal cough and take appropriate action.
The patient should be kept calm, contact with any irritants that may cause coughing fits should be avoided.
If the obsessive cough occurs against the background of an acute respiratory viral infection (as well as bronchitis), it is necessary to create favorable conditions for the rapid transition of a dry paroxysmal cough to a wet productive cough. To do this, follow a drinking balance – take 2.5-3 liters of fluid during the illness. Adequate fluid intake will help keep the mucous membranes of the airways hydrated.
If the cough is infectious in nature, and a pathogen has been identified, then an etiotropic treatment is prescribed to eliminate the infection. It is much easier to identify pathogens of bacterial and fungal origin.
In parallel with the treatment of the underlying disease (most often bronchitis and SARS) it is necessary to carry out symptomatic treatment of cough, especially if it has a paroxysmal nature. In some cases, to combat dry obsessive cough, the patient is prescribed special drugs that suppress the activity of the cough center. After taking such drugs, the cough subsides for a while and the patient calms down. Note that such drugs can only be prescribed by a doctor, as most of these drugs are narcotic in nature.