John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Home care of a cough is often directed at treating its underlying cause.
If the patient has an acute cough and have not been to a doctor, he or she may attempt to use over-the-counter cold remedies to relieve
the symptoms. If a common cold or flu is suspected, these may provide relief until the infection
resolves on its own. Acute coughs that are caused by allergies are often relieved with allergy medication, and coughs due to environmental irritants will respond to elimination of the
Home care of the chronic cough with a known cause is directed at treating the underlying cause of the cough. This should be done in close consultation with
a doctor or with a specialist. Although not every chronic cough can be eliminated, many people can find relief of their cough by following their doctor's recommendations closely.