What Is Causing My Cough?

I will not get sick. I will not get sick.

This is a mantra that many of us repeat to ourselves as soon as certain symptoms arise, such as a sore throat, runny nose or cough!

Our team at AFC Urgent Care of South Charlotte, NC wants you to know what the main culprits could be behind your cough, as well as when it might be time to stop by our urgent care center for further medical attention.

Is a Cold Caused by Cold Weather?

Colds are NOT caused by bad weather!  It’s a common misconception, but the common cold is not caused by the cold outside.

A common cold is an extremely contagious virus that is spread through droplets in the air, usually from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. This is why it is so important to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face with your hands.

Main Causes of a Cough

  • Clearing the throat
  • Bacterial infections, such as strep throat
  • Viral infections like a cold or flu
  • Smoking
  • Asthma

Is It Time to Seek Medical Attention for My Cough?

A cough, particularly when brought on by a common cold or flu, should alleviate within a few days.

However, if you are still experiencing a non-stop cough that is only getting worse, then it is time to seek medical attention, especially if it is accompanied with chest pain and shortness of breath.

Ways to Get Rid of a Cough

  • Fluids
  • Steam
  • Over-the-counter cough medications
  • Ginger
  • Honey tea
  • Throat lozenges
  • Marshmallow root
  • Salt-water gargle
  • Bromelain
  • Thyme

Do you have the cough that just won’t quit? Visit AFC Urgent Care of South Charlotte, NC today for a medical examination and treatment plan. No appointment is needed.