Summertime in east Tennessee brings hot temperatures—and beautiful weather! Who wants to be cooped up inside feeling under the weather when there’s so much fun to be had?!

If a cough has got you feeling less than your best, the first step to treating it is knowing exactly what’s causing it.

Why Am I Coughing?

A cough can occur for many reasons. While the all-too-familiar allergies and airborne irritants are among the most common reasons, there are other causes, too:

Reasons for a Cough

  • Air pollution
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Bronchitis
  • Cold
  • COPD
  • GERD
  • Respiratory tract infection
  • Smoking

Why Won’t My Cough Go Away?

Taking over-the-counter medications and products like throat lozenges, using a humidifier and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids can often help you find relief from a cough.

But sometimes at-home and OTC remedies aren’t enough and a cough lingers or gets worse. When that’s the case, seek medical attention.

When You Need a Doctor for a Cough

  • Coughing up thick mucus
  • Cough has been going on for more than a week
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

Has a cough got you feeling less than your best? Find relief from your cough by visiting AFC Urgent Care TN today!