? Important News! CoughPro has moved to a subscription model. Learn more here

Understanding Seasonal Cough

Dr. Michelle Frank


January 10, 2022
CoughPro is not a medical product. It is a wellness app intended only for users to obtain a better understanding of their cough. It is not intended to diagnose, monitor, or treat any illness.

We at Hyfe, Inc., are a company devoted to working on tools to better understand the importance of cough. It is Hyfe’s intention in the future to seek regulatory approval for medical products that analyze cough in order that they may be used to diagnose, monitor, and facilitate better treatment of respiratory illnesses.

A little girl standing outside and coughing

Some of us encounter a nagging cough with the turn of the season. We then proceed to sift through our tried and tested home remedies to manage our cough. A lot of what we attempt is a speculation of what could be an underlying cause for the season of cough that lies ahead for us.

What Is Causing My Seasonal Cough?

Research has linked several causes have to a seasonal cough. To identify whether your cough is truly related to a change in season, a first step would be to record the times of the year you start coughing.

While it can be common to observe a seasonal cough primarily during the winter, for many, the appearance of spring or even summer also brings a chronic cough.

In winter, the drastic temperature changes are a reason for the appearance of flu-like symptoms. There is an increase in susceptibility to infections during the winter months. Winter also makes your immune defenses slightly sluggish. With the cooling of the nasal passages, mucus clearance slows down. Additionally, cold air can cause breathing passages to tighten. 

These changes can increase cough resulting from infections contracted during winter months or even underlying conditions such as asthma. Above all, you must be wary of viruses, which can survive more efficiently during the winter months, increasing the infection rate. Hence, the most frequently infecting microbes during the winter season are viruses.

With the appearance of spring or summer, pollen, dust, and pollution are concerns that could aggravate a cough. The allergens can trigger an asthmatic variant of chronic cough as well. Cases of acid reflux also peak during summer, becoming a sneaky cause of chronic cough.

In addition, for some people, a cough related to the nervous system (neurogenic cough) can result from a seasonal infection due to nerve inflammation. Specific changes in either temperature or environmental exposure during different seasons can heighten the neuronal sensitivity that results in a nagging cough that won’t go away.

Chronic cough on its own irritates the larynx and can also result in inflammation, which feeds into a loop of cough that results in more cough.

How Would I Identify a Seasonal Cough?

A cough that appears at roughly the same time every year would count as a seasonal cough.

Seasonal coughs often have such symptoms as fever, body aches, and sore throat. The variations in these symptoms could indicate the underlying cause of the cough, such as infection or asthma-induced cough.

Almost all seasonal coughs are chronic, lasting beyond eight weeks. In addition, most seasonal coughs are dry and persistent. 

However, increased mucus production or underlying infections can result in a productive seasonal cough. 

Tracking variations in cough frequency throughout the year results in the best way to identify when your seasonal cough is at its peak. Along with the cough, journaling-related symptoms that make an appearance can provide vital clues toward the causes of your seasonal cough.

What Should I Do For My Seasonal Cough?

Consider consulting with a healthcare specialist who can help piece together your tracked symptoms. Thus, you will get a holistic picture of what the possible causes of your cough might be.

Simple ways to navigate away from the seasonal cough include:

  • Knowing your triggers and attempting to stay away from them as best you can.
  • Maintain distance from those who have flu-like symptoms.
  • Get the flu vaccine every season.
  • Regularly washing your hands and maintaining optimum hygiene.
  • Follow a nutritious diet. Supplement your diet with natural immunity boosters such as ginger and turmeric.
  • Adequate sleep.
  • Remain hydrated.
  • Invest in a humidifier. Humid air propagates fewer infections.
  • Wash out air filters and air conditioners

With the threat of a new surge in COVID-19 infections looms, the ominous cough today is often equated with a possible coronavirus infection. However, a viral infection in itself could be the cause of your seasonal cough.

When tracking symptoms during a seasonal cough, consider noting down the season as well as possible allergens in your immediate environment. This awareness helps to provide essential clues toward cough triggers. It could also help identify causes such as stomach acid reflux, a postnasal drip, and asthma-induced cough - unlikely but frequent culprits of the chronic cough.

Your Cough Matters

Based on our results in Google Play & App Store
  • Excellent, insightful
    By dust mite dan - Apr 7, 2023 - App Store
    This app is easy to use, aesthetically pleasing and has provided me with useful information about my cough and disease patterns that have improved my overall health!

    Try CoughPro for Free
  • Great app!
    by Imtfx0019 — Dec 6, 2022 - App Store
    Impressed with how well it detected my coughs, even very slight ones.
    Try CoughPro for Free
  • App is Great!
    by HBert Quach — Jan 22, 2023, - Google Play
    App is great at tracking cough when little ones are sick. I treat it as a early warning indicator before the cold gets back. Customer service is awesome, they actually respond to all my questions.
    Try CoughPro for Free
  • Great Experience
    by Christi Hammock — Mar 7, 2023, - Google Play

    I had an issue logging into the new app but I contacted the support team and they were awesome in helping me figure out the issue. It turned out to be a technical issue which they resolved very quickly and I was kept in the loop on the status from start to finish. This app is really helpful when talking to my doctor too..
    Try CoughPro for Free
  • Impressive app
    By KayakTina - Apr 7, 2023 - App Store
    "The app accurately is recording my coughs with excellent ways to review the results. I can add notes to help me identify patterns or have accurate information for my physicians. I’ve hoped for an app like this for years to help me accurately track the amount of coughing I’m doing"
    Try CoughPro for Free
  • Accurate count of coughs
    by Beardonna — Mar 8, 2023 - App Store

    Just installed the app. Very accurate measuring coughs so far! Cannot wait to see how much coughing I do while sleeping. I'll have a better picture to discuss with my physician at my next visit.

    Try CoughPro for Free

Recent Posts

© 2024 All Rights Reserved.
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram