Most coughs are caused by:
An occasional cough is normal and healthy. However, if your cough persists for several weeks and/or is associated with bloody mucus, you should see a doctor promptly for a thorough evaluation.
Moisten the air. Run a humidifier or take a steamy shower to soothe your throat and open your airways.
Drink plenty of fluids. Water and warm tea with honey can relieve irritated tissues.
Avoid irritants. Stay away from tobacco smoke when you’re experiencing a cough because it can exacerbate your symptoms.
Use cough drops. Cough drops can soothe irritation and ease a dry throat.
A persistent cough that lasts eight weeks or more warrants a trip to your ENT. In addition to keeping you up at night, distracting you at work and interfering with your personal life, it can also be a sign of a serious condition. Although most chronic coughs are caused by postnasal drip and allergies, a chronic cough can be a symptom of certain cancers and COPD as well.
It’s particularly important to see a doctor if you are also experiencing:
At your appointment, your doctor will ask about your symptoms and order acid reflux tests, blood tests, lung function tests and x-rays to identify the underlying cause.
Most coughs are benign – but some can signal a serious condition. If your cough is severe, associated with other symptoms and/or lasts longer than eight weeks, contact SFENTA today to schedule an appointment.
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