Q&A: For A Cough That Won’t Go Away, The Best Remedy Is…?

woman pajamas teaQ: What are remedies to treat a persistent cough from a cold? – E. G.

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A: Coughs caused by the common cold usually go away in a few weeks. Chronic, persistent coughs may be caused by underlying medical problem such as allergies, asthma, or acid reflux — or by the medications you take. To lose those coughs, you need to treat the underlying problem. Talk to your doctor if your cough lasts longer than four weeks, or if you are coughing up blood or having other symptoms such as weight loss, chills, or fatigue.

If you believe your cough is related to a lingering cold, here are five tips that may help get rid of your cough: