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What is a cough?
Coughing is your body's way of getting rid of any foreign material or mucus in your lungs.
How is a cough treated?
Coughs are usually treated by identifying and treating the underlying cause of the cough. Many different medications are also available to reduce the severity of the cough, or break down the mucus and phlegm that is then easier to dislodge from the lungs.
How can I find out what is causing my cough?
To determine the cause of your cough, a doctor will conduct a physical examination and evaluate your symptoms. If a lung infection is suspected, your doctor may collect a sample of mucus, phlegm or blood, which can then be tested for presence of …
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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 14 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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