What is a cough?
Coughing is your body's way of getting rid of any foreign material or mucus in your lungs.
Author: Joanne Van der Velden
First answered: 14 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 17 Oct 2018
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Coughing can be a response to breathing in dust or fumes that irritate the nerve endings in the airways. It can also be a symptom of a medical problem, such as a lung infection caused by bacteria or viruses, or a long-term lung disease, such as asthma or chronic …
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.
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 …