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Smoker's cough

How Avi Medical can help you with smoker's cough

For countless smokers, smoker's cough is a daily companion. But: The mucous bronchi should definitely be taken seriously as they can be the first sign of serious lung diseases. So start treating your smoker's cough as early as possible - our doctors at Avi Medical will help you.

What is smoker's cough?

The so-called smoker's cough is a chronic cough that occurs in smokers. It can be the first sign of chronic bronchitis and can therefore be seen as a precursor to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Good to know: The term “smoker's cough” is not a medical term, but is used colloquially.

When does it become a smoker's cough?

The diagnosis of "smoker's cough" is extremely individual - depending on the patient's previous illness, susceptibility and number of regular cigarettes. Smoker's cough never appears suddenly, but develops gradually.

What triggers smoker's cough?

The trigger for smoker's cough is long-term smoking (including e-cigarettes or shisha) and the associated continuous exposure of the bronchi and lungs to various toxins. The cough is caused by the following abnormalities: 

  • the cilia of the lungs, which Normally inhaled particles filter and transport out of the organ, stick together and die. The cough also helps to transport the particles.
  • Nicotine consumption ensures that the lungs are less cleaned of pathogens such as fungi, bacteria and viruses. Smokers therefore become ill more easily and recover more slowly.
  • Smoking leads to inflammation of the bronchial mucosa. As a result, there is a narrowing of this and increased mucus production, which is intended to protect the lungs  

What are possible symptoms of smoker's cough?

You can recognize smoker's cough by the following typical symptoms: 

  • chronic cough that occurs especially in the morning
  • thick sputum with a discolored tint depending on the accompanying illness (usually clear at the beginning of development, later yellow-greenish or with admixture of blood)  ;
  • Difficulty breathing, which can occur both during exercise and at rest 
  • Shortness of breath
  • wheezing or rustling breathing noises
  • "development crackles" after getting up (crackles breathing noises caused by the alveoli in the lungs sticking together or collapsing during sleep)

Treatment of smoker's cough at Avi Medical

Our experienced doctors are at your disposal at Therapy of smokers' cough at all our locations. The first important step for us is to rule out another underlying disease (such as a tumor). 

If this can be ruled out, the following follows thespecific treatmentof smokers' cough to prevent the developmentof chronic bronchitisor COPD to prevent. The essential measures here include: 

  • stopping smoking. This allows the cilia of the lungs to recover and form new ones
  • Saline inhalations
  • Expectant (e.g. lip balm)