Quick Facts

  • Common complaint.

  • May be caused by infection, allergies, or asthma.

  • Finding the reason for cough is important for proper treatment.

Cough Doctors

Mary Ann King, DO

Mary Ann King, DO


JR McPherson, MD

JR McPherson, MD


Carlisle Livingston, MD

Carlisle Livingston, MD

Pediatrics / Internal Medicine


Cough is a very common complaint. It can be very annoying and bothersome to people.

Causes of Coughing

There are many causes of cough. The other symptoms that occur with cough usually help determine the cause. The causes include:

  • Infection (viruses, pneumonia)
  • Allergies
  • Asthma/COPD
  • Acid Reflux
  • Side effects of some medications

Treatment for Cough

There are over-the-counter and prescription medications to treat cough. These are for older children and adults. The best approach is to find the underlying cause and treat that.

Over-the-counter medications should be avoided in certain groups. These include young children, the elderly, and pregnant women.

Cough FAQs

How do I know if a cough is serious?

The most important factors are other symptoms. These include fever and coughing up mucus. Especially if the mucus has pus or blood in it.

Are there natural ways to treat a cough?

Honey works very well for cough. It cannot be given to children less than 1 year of age.

Which medications can cause a cough?

The most common medications are ACE inhibitors. This a family of blood pressure medications which include lisinopril.