What Causes You to Cough?

If you head out in Cleveland, chances are that you are going to hear someone coughing. Or, you might be the 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!