Symptoms, causes, and treatments for
Several underlying causes of coughs make them difficult to self-diagnose. Doctors examine your specific type of cough and classify it using the following terms:
We all cough throughout the day, sometimes to the annoyance of our coworkers, and who hasn’t had a bad cough from the cold or flu? Thankfully, most coughs clear up within a couple weeks. But if yours continues, you’ll want to schedule a visit to find its source.
Common reasons for coughing:
A cough alone doesn’t always signal a more serious illness. But if after two weeks your cough interferes with your job or daily routine, schedule a visit and talk to a doctor.
You should seek immediate medical attention if at any point your coughing produces blood or makes breathing difficult.
The following symptoms also indicate if your cough is severe enough to see a doctor:
It's impossible to stop normal, daily coughs, but consider these tips to help soothe chronic and illness-related coughing: