Recently, Oprah Winfrey shared on Instagram her experience with a health scare that really caught my attention. The social media post says that one day back in August, Oprah left a meeting feeling fatigued. During her ride home, she started to feel a bit of pain in her kidney.
"It’s the kind of disease that once it gets rolling you really have to jump on it," said Missoula City County Health Department Director Ellen Leahy, in this report discussing a whooping cough outbreak in western Montana.
Having a cough is so commonplace that most of us view one as more of an annoyance than anything. After all, its causes – such as having a cold or being in a smoky room – are usually pretty obvious, and a cough almost always goes away on its own within a few days. As such, we usually treat it similar to the way we would treat a sneeze or a headache. So basically other than some hot tea, cold medicine (if we know we have a cold) or throat lozenges, we really don’t do much to care for a cough. And, for most coughs, this is really about all the attention they deserve.
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