HealthyLife® Students' Self-Care Guide
Section I–Common Health Problems
Coughing clears the lungs and airways. Coughing is only a symptom, not the problem.
Signs & Symptoms
There are 3 kinds of coughs:
Other causes include having something stuck in your windpipe and acid reflux from the stomach that comes with heartburn. Coughing can also be a symptom of a medical condition, such as asthma .
How to treat your cough depends on what kind it is. Treat the cause and soothe the irritation. Stay away from smoking and secondhand smoke. Smoke hurts your lungs and makes it harder for your body to fight an infection.
Questions to Ask
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March 21, 2007