When we cough, our body is responding to the throat or airways being irritated by something. Nerves send messages to your brain, which tells your muscles in your abdomen and chest to push air out of your lungs, forcing any irritants out.

What are the symptoms?

While coughing is completely healthy and normal, we can run into problems when our coughs persist for weeks, or when they produce bloody or discolored mucus. Chronic coughing can lead to sleepless nights, headaches, incontinence, and broken ribs.

What are the treatments for a chronic cough?

Over-the-counter medicines will help, but if persistent coughing remains for several weeks, speak to your doctor.*

* Individual results may vary.
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