There are many reasons for an acute cough, the most common are respiratory infections like colds, and the flu. Other common causes are GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), medications, post nasal drip and others.
There are several factors and medical conditions that can contribute to or cause a cough. While occasional coughing can help to clear the airway, coughing can be a symptom of an underlying condition. Persistent coughing can lead to other complications, like a sore throat.
What Causes a Cough?
Common causes of a cough include:
- Cold and flu
- Post nasal drip
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Symptoms of a Cough
There are different types of cough, including acute cough, chronic cough, and dry and wet cough. Depending on the type of cough, you may present with different symptoms, including:
- A cough lasting more than 3 weeks
- Coughing up greenish-yellow phlegm
- Coughing with no mucus or phlegm
- Coughing at night
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
To treat your cough, you will need to speak with one of our board-certified online doctors. They will ask a few simple questions to understand your symptoms and, if required, provide a prescription for medication to suppress or improve your cough. Depending on your symptoms and the type of cough you have, they will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment for you.