13. Pulmonary Fibrosis
This is a common condition among patients who have rheumatoid arthritis – in fact, up to 40-percent of people with this form of arthritis have the secondary problem, according to Reader’s Digest.
“Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic connective tissue disease, which means it can damage the lungs and lead to persistent coughing,” explains the source. A dry cough that persists for months is a telltale sign of pulmonary fibrosis, it adds.
This condition is also known as whooping cough, a bacterial infection that can cause a low-grade fever, runny nose, and a “violent” cough that can labor your breathing, says Health.com. “Attempting to inhale air into the lungs between coughs can produce a distinctive, high-pitched whooping sound,” it adds.
While the fever can subside after the initial stages of this condition, the related chronic cough can last “for many weeks,” it adds. While this is a relatively uncommon cause of a chronic cough, inadequate vaccination against pertussis in the U.S. (vaccines wear off after about 10-years from infancy) is why “the bacteria are making a comeback,” it explains.
15. Lung Cancer
This is 1-of the direr reasons you can’t stop coughing, according to Huffington Post. Although lung cancer is most commonly associated with smoking, those exposed to second-hand smoke can develop it, as can those who are exposed to neither, says the source.
After smoking, the most common cause of lung cancer is radon gas, which can go undetected in homes unless you specifically test for it. Speaking of tests, “Unfortunately, most symptoms of lung cancer do not show up until the later stages of the disease,” it adds. See your doctor if you have a new cough that just won’t quit.