How Can I Get Rid of This Cough? | AFC Urgent Care | Portland

A cough can come on for a number of reasons. Whether signaling irritation or chronic bronchitis, a cough can be your body's way of getting rid of an irritant or infection.

What Symptoms Can Accompany a Cough?

When you experience a cough, you might also suffer from a number of other symptoms. That's because a cough usually occurs as part of a larger illness, such as a cold or the flu.

For starters, you might have a runny or stuffy nose in addition to your cough. Also, you might experience postnasal drip, which can bring about your cough, as well as a sore throat due to your coughing spasms.

Main Causes of a Cough

  • Clearing the throat

  • Viral infections like a cold or flu

  • Bacterial infections, such as strep throat

  • Smoking

  • Asthma

  • Medicines

When Should I See a Doctor for My Cough?

If you are still experiencing a cough after a week and it is showing no signs of getting better, then it is time to seek medical attention.

In addition, if your cough causes you to miss work or prevents you from getting things done in your daily life, then you might want to see a physician at our urgent care center sooner rather than later. In most cases, though, at-home care can help alleviate a cough.

Natural Ways to Get Rid of a Cough

  • Honey tea

  • Ginger

  • Fluids

  • Steam

  • Marshmallow root

  • Salt-water gargle

  • Bromelain

  • Thyme

Do you have the cough that just won't quit? Visit one of our clinics today for a medical examination and treatment plan.