The holidays are no time for sickness. But sure enough, every year it seems like a cough seems to crop up just as the season gets underway!
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah doesn’t want you to spend the holiday coughing up a storm, which is why we want to share some tips on how to treat your cough and find relief as soon as possible.
Why Does a Cough Occur?
Also known as “tussis,” a cough occurs when a person is trying to clear his or her throat due to an irritant, extra mucus, a foreign particle or another object.
The cough can happen either as a reflux or be done deliberately when trying to remove a foreign particle from the throat.
Causes of a Cough
- Acid reflux
- Acute sinusitis
- Allergic rhinitis
- Chronic bronchitis
- Common cold
- Non-allergic rhinitis
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Postnasal drip
Can a Cough Be Prevented?
While you can’t really prevent a cough from occurring in the first place, there are ways you can keep it from sticking around for a while. Try using a humidifier in your bedroom while sleeping, as well as drinking hot coffee or tea with honey to help soothe your throat.
Treatment for a Cough
- Take antibiotics, if prescribed.
- Try cough medicine or other OTC meds.
- Drink lots of fluids, especially water.
- Breathe in steam from a hot shower.
Still suffering from that lingering cough? Visit AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah today to ensure your cough isn’t a symptom of a another medical condition.