Is it normal to cough?
Accordingly, how do I know if my cough is serious?
If you are coughing up thick green or yellow phlegm, or if you are wheezing, running a fever higher than 101 F, having night sweats, or coughing up blood, you need to see a doctor. These may be signs of a more serious illness that needs to be diagnosed and treated. A persistent cough may be a sign of asthma.
Furthermore, what causes you to cough? Mucus drips down the throat and prevents breathing, initiating a cough. Postnasal drip is often a symptom of colds, sinus infections, flu and allergies. Environmental factors: Exposure to environmental irritants such as pollen, dust, particulate matter, chemicals and pet dander can cause cough.
Also to know, when should you worry about a cough?
You should see a doctor right away if your dry cough is accompanied by the following symptoms:
- shortness of breath.
- high or prolonged fever.
- coughing up blood or bloody phlegm.
- weakness, fatigue.
- appetite loss.
- chest pain when you're not coughing.
How can I get rid of this cough?
You can't cure colds or the flu, but you can relieve the cough and sore throat that sometimes come with them.
- Use cough drops or hard candy.
- Try a teaspoon of honey.
- Drink up.
- Heat up that drink.
- Use cough medicine.
- Use a decongestant.
- Breathe in steam.