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What causes coughing?

Coughing is a common reflex that clears your throat of mucus or foreign irritants. While everyone coughs to clear their throat from time to time health. A number of conditions can cause more frequent coughing.

There are several possible causes of a cough.

Urge to clear your throat

Coughing is a standard way of clearing your throat UFABET  

When your airways become clogged with mucus or foreign particles such as smoke or dust, a cough serves as a reflexive reaction that helps clear the particles and make breathing easier.

Usually, this type of coughing is relatively infrequent, but coughing will increase with exposure to irritants such as smoke.


The most common cause of a cough is a respiratory tract infection, such as a cold or the flu.

Cough is associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), too. A chronic cough is also one of the hallmark symptoms of long-haul COVID-19 (long COVID).

Respiratory tract infections are usually caused by a virus and may last for 1 to 2 weeks. Antiviral medications such as those for the flu are most effective when you take them within 2 days of your symptoms starting.


Smoking is another common cause of coughing.

A cough caused by smoking is almost always a chronic cough with a distinctive sound. It’s often known as a smoker’s cough.


A common cause in young children is asthma. Asthmatic coughing typically involves wheezing, making it easy to identify.

Asthma exacerbations should be treated with the use of medications to open your airway (delivered by an inhaler or a nebulizer). It’s possible for children with asthma to outgrow the condition as they get older.