It’s hot in Sevierville! And we usually don’t think about summertime when we’re thinking about developing a cough, because it’s often associated with cold weather.

But it’s important to note—a cough can occur at any time of year with a variety of causes. The first step to finding relief? Nailing down the specific cause of your cough.

What Is Causing My Cough?

A cough can develop for any number of reasons. Allergens and other irritants in the air are the most common cause of a cough, but infections and viruses also often lead to a cough.

Fortunately, no matter the cause, there are steps you can take to find relief:

Finding Relief From a Cough

  • Avoid perfume and other scented products in the home.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Get enough quality sleep and rest.
  • Try an OTC medication or product like throat lozenges.
  • Use a humidifier to increase the moisture level in the home.

Why Won’t My Cough Go Away?

In most cases, at-home and OTC remedies can help ease your cough. But if your cough worsens or doesn’t improve within a week, you may need medical attention.

Signs You Need a Doctor for Your Cough

  • Abdominal hernia
  • Coughed-up blood
  • Cough lasting longer than a week or two
  • Cracked ribs
  • Damage to small blood vessels or the throat
  • Muscular pain
  • Ruptured diaphragm

Is it time to see a doctor for your cough? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Sevierville today so our professionals can help you find relief!