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Health Tip: Why Cough?
(HealthDay News) -- Coughing is the body's way of ridding the respiratory tract of an irritating substance. Allergies, asthma or inhaling secondhand smoke are common triggers for a cough.
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute mentions these additional potential causes:
- Air pollution or inhaling fumes from paint or perfume.
- Medical conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- Bronchitis or a respiratory infection.
- Certain medications, including beta blockers and ACE inhibitors, both commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems.
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