SAFAKNA TURKEY – Member of the Scientific Committee of the Ministry of Health prof. Dr. Tevfik Ozlu spoke about the process that began with the flu and continued with a prolonged cough. Recalling that many respiratory tract viruses are in circulation, Prof. Dr. Özlu said that a persistent cough does not go away with known cough treatments and that a chest specialist should be consulted. prof. Dr. Ozlu, There are a lot of such patients now. Usually these are families with children. Families with children in school, especially kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary school. or adults in contact with students. These may be grandchildren, neighbors or close relatives, nephews, and so on. These people often develop recurrent respiratory infections. Almost before one ends, another begins. It seems that after 1-2 days there is an improvement, but then the syndromes begin again. It’s not a very difficult picture there,” he said.
Explaining that this process is usually inhibited, prof. Dr. Özlu said: “Usually they survive on foot, but there is a constant runny nose, itching and sore throat. They describe constant malaise, weakness and even back pain in the body. There are pains in the face, like sinusitis, in the forehead. There is no such feverish picture, but the cough is very pronounced. This could be due to two things; This is a recurrence of the infection. Because there is no virus. A large number of viruses are currently circulating. There is influenza, rhinovirus and Covid-19; There are coronaviruses other than Covid-19. Therefore, in schools, they are spread in the community, because they are easily transmitted to each other, and one infection can be added to another before it is over. Maybe there is such a table. In addition, after an infection, which we see more often, there may be a prolonged cough or symptoms associated with bronchial hypersensitivity, he said.
Claiming that prolonged coughing has no such function as disease transmission, Prof. Dr. Ozlu, In fact, the patient says: – I’m fine, in fact I’m fine. I’m not the same as I was during the flu. I have no fever, no fatigue. Appetite improved, no more pain. But there is a dry cough. Irritant cough. Disturbs in the form of attacks during the day. I can’t sleep at night because of the cough. I cough so hard that it interferes with my communication.” He can’t go out in public, he can’t communicate with people. Because right now, if someone next to us is coughing; We are all naturally sensitive. We think, “Will this infect me with something?” The person who coughs is also worried. In fact, it is not a cough from an infectious disease. Post-infectious, which we call cough, is a cough caused by a pattern similar to asthma, caused by hypersensitivity that occurs in the airways after infection.
Claiming that classic cough treatments do not work for prolonged coughing, Prof. Dr. Bottom line, This is a persistent cough, and it does not go away with classic cough syrups and tablets. People among themselves make some herbal applications, such as honey, linden, sage, ginger, cloves, turmeric, etc. Unfortunately, this cough does not respond to them either. Because the underlying mechanism is here; airway hypersensitivity. This cough needs to be investigated. This cannot be neglected. I shouldn’t say it’s okay. This may take months. Unfortunately, this negatively affects the patient’s quality of life. It is necessary to contact a mammologist. If there is indeed hypersensitivity, some treatments for this cough can be applied. This cough can of course be treated. Otherwise, it will take too long and can be very difficult for the patient,” he said.
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