What Causes You to Cough?

July 2, 2018

What Causes You to Cough?- AFC Urgent Care

If you head out in Cleveland, chances are that you are going to hear someone coughing. Or, you might bethe person coughing. As annoying as a cough can be all on its own, it can sometimes also come with various other symptoms. Would you know when to seek medical attention for your cough?

Why Am I Coughing?

A cough is a reflex reaction when something gets in your airway, such as mucus or a foreign particle like smoke, pollen or dust. While coughing is usually a minor symptom that can go away on its own, there are times when coughing can be a sign of a more serious medical issue. Especially if your cough seems to linger on for weeks.

What Other Symptoms Can Appear With a Cough?

  • Heartburn
  • Hoarseness
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Wheezing

Can You Treat Your Cough at Home?

Fortunately, in most cases, a cough can be handled with at-home remedies, such as using a humidifier and drinking plenty of fluids. However, when a cough doesn’t seem to get better within a couple days, worsens or if other symptoms appear, it’s time to stop by our urgent care center. Certain signs along with your cough are a definite indicator that medical attention is needed:

Signs It’s Time to See a Doctor

  • Dizziness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fainting
  • Fractured rib
  • Headache
  • Urinary incontinence

Make a trip to AFC Urgent Care Cleveland today if you start experiencing these symptoms or if your cough has not eased after a few days!

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