• Coughing
  • Coughing is often nothing to worry about. It is usually caused by smoke, dust or a cold.
  • By coughing, your body cleans your windpipe (trachea), throat and lungs.
  • It usually clears up in 2 to 3 weeks.
  • A hot drink, a spoonful of honey or sucking  a sweet can help soothe your throat. 
  • Cough syrup and cough tablets do not help. 
  • Make sure you have clean air in your home.
  • Quit smoking if you smoke.
  • Have you been coughing for more than 3 weeks? Are you coughing up bloody mucus or phlegm? Are you wheezing or short of breath? Then see your GP.
  • Sometimes coughing can be caused by coronavirus. See coronavirus (in Dutch).
  • Dutch healthcare practices in general may differ from what you are used to in your home country. Learn more.

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