Cough

WHY DO WE COUGH?

Coughing can be present as the symptom of an illness, or as the body’s natural reaction to relieve an irritant in your airway. If you are not sick with other symptoms, or do not have a chronic cough, a cough every now and then isn’t anything to be alarmed about.

A cough that presents along with other symptoms is something to visit your health care provider about, especially if it’s disruptive to your day. Coughing can be associated with the following illnesses and conditions:

  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Asthma
  • Common cold
  • Coronavirus
  • Croup
  • Flu
  • Bronchitis
  • Allergies

CAN YOU PREVENT A COUGH?

There’s no certain way to prevent a cough. Taking care of your body and living a healthy lifestyle can better help your body fight off illness. In addition, you can follow the below tips to avoid germs:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water
  • If unable to wash, use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid touching commonly touched public surfaces (train cars, water fountains, benches, door handles, etc.)

HOW IS COUGH TREATED?

Over-the-counter cough and cold medications and cough suppressants can offer relief from mild cough. If you have chronic cough, however, there may be an underlying illness causing your cough. If so, your doctor may perform tests like x-rays, CT scans, or lung function testing and will diagnose, and likely prescribe you other medications like antihistamines, corticosteroids, or decongestants.