Posted by: AF | 2019/08/16


Can severe coughing cause alveolar damage?

In the winter of 2017/18 I contracted a coughing spell that was going around. For three months I coughed violently and could not lie down. I coughed so hard that sometimes if felt like I would pass out. I was forced to sleep in an upright position. I never had any breathing issues at all until this happened. I finally got over it with 2 Z Packs or something similar. Ever since, I have had shortness of breath. I recently had a diagnosis of moderate emphysema. My question is: Is it possible that this sever coughing could have damaged the alveolar in my lungs?

Expert's Reply


Cough Expert
- 2019/08/29

The short answer is no.  Coughing does not cause alveolar damage.  Alveolar damage, i.e. emphysema would have been caused by inhaling noxious substances.  It's almost always due to cigarette smoke (allergy to cigarette smoke) or sometimes can be due to other causes such as bad lung childhood infections, tuberculosis, dusts and pollutants.

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