Why Your Cough Isn't Going Away

A woman sits on her bed taking cough medicineIt’s been over a week, but you’re still coughing.

Why?

Your Cold/Flu Has Irritated Your Airways

Unfortunately, the effects of viruses or bacteria can last long after the actual infection is gone. A chronic cough can be the most predicable aftermath of a cold or other viral infection, says Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association. While most cold symptoms may go away after a few days, your cough can hang around for weeks, even months, because viruses can cause your airways to become swollen and oversensitive.

You Have Asthma or Allergies