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University Health Service (UHS)
Health Promotion Office


Coughing is your body's way of trying to clear the lungs and airways. Coughs may be caused by viral or bacterial infections, allergies, or by irritants, especially cigarettes. It is important to determine if your cough is caused by an infection, an allergy, or an irritant. A fever and thick, colored mucus may be signs of a bacterial infection, which should be treated by your health care provider.

There are two major types of coughs:

Self care for a productive cough

Self care for a non-productive cough

Seek medical care if . . .

Preventing the spread of the cold virus

For more information, contact Linda Dudman in the UHS Health Promotion Office at (585) 273-5770 or