Learn About Cough
When things such as mucus, germs or dust irritate your throat and airways, your body automatically responds by coughing. This is an important reflex that protects your airways and lungs.
Diagnosing and Treating Cough
Most coughs caused by a respiratory infection will go away on their own without specific treatment. A cough that doesn't go away after a few weeks will need medical attention.
Questions to Ask your Doctor
If your cough requires you to visit your doctor, it may be the signal of a bigger issue. Bringing a list of symptoms as well as questions for your doctor can be helpful.