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Board-certified and expert orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgery, Dr. Erin Nance, speaks to Business Insider about how to get rid of a cough and whether medication can help

She is quoted saying:

Cough effectively… Cough from your lungs, not just your throat, in order to clear mucus. Coughing from deep in your lungs as opposed to just through your throat will help to expel deep secretions that rest in your lungs.

Cough medicines might alleviate coughing symptoms, but they don’t address the underlying cause of the cough, which could be a virus, bacteria, allergies, acid reflux, an underlying lung condition, or even a side effect of medication.

Understanding the reason why you are coughing will help guide the treatment for the cough. Most of the time, and especially in flu and cold cases, a cough will get better on its own as the virus runs its course.

Read the original article on Business Insider.