Cough & Sore Throat
A cough is a reaction to an airway irritation. It is generally the symptom of an illness or allergy. Some coughs are considered productive, which means they help to remove mucus from the lungs usually due to respiratory infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis. Others are considered nonproductive, and these are dry coughs that typically occur in response to exposure to an irritant such as smoke or because of a cold. Coughs may also be brought on by persistent problems including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or gastroesophageal reflux disease. The type of treatment for a cough will vary depending on its cause. Most coughs respond well to the use of a humidifier and increased fluid intake.
Sore throat is an uncomfortable condition that often causes pain upon swallowing. Sore throats are usually the result of either viral infections, such as the common cold and flu, or bacterial infections, such as strep throat. In other cases, allergies, irritants such as chemicals or smoke, or very dry air may be responsible. Most sore throats will resolve within a few days with adequate rest, fluids and use of over-the-counter pain relievers as needed. If strep throat is the cause, antibiotics are necessary. You should visit your doctor if the sore throat lasts longer than a week, you have difficulty breathing, have a fever of 100.5 degrees F or higher, develop a rash or exhibit symptoms of dehydration.
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