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Why do people cough?

Coughing is the body’s reaction to remove irritants such as mucus, smoke, and allergens; though it is also a symptom of many illnesses. The way your cough sounds, feels, how bad it is, and when it happens can all help you to identify its cause.

What's the difference between wet and dry coughs?

Many coughs are described as wet or dry. Wet, or productive, coughs usually bring up mucus and are a symptom of the cold or the flu. A dry cough makes you feel a tickle at the back of your throat but there is nothing to cough up. Colds and the flu can also cause dry coughs. Taking cold or flu medications can help treat your cough, but if it persists, call us for an appointment.

Why can't I stop coughing?

Although an occasional cough is normal, a chronic cough that disturbs your sleep, affects your school or work, or has you coughing up blood or sputum is irregular and could be a sign of a chronic cough.

When should I see a doctor about my cough?

If you have chronic cough, chronic throat irritation, or chronic throat clearing, please contact our office and schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists.