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Coughs are a symptom of numerous illnesses this week

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- Coughs are going around in Kentuckiana this week, and it can be a sign of a lot of things including allergies, asthma, upper respiratory infections and even pneumonia.

At Norton Community Medical Associates in Clarksville, Pediatrician, Dr. Jill Howell-Berg is sharing her expertise to help parents provide better support and care for their children.

She says if a cough is worse after outside play and associated with a runny nose then allergies may be the culprit.  Try over the counter Claritin or Benadryl.

If a cough is associated with fast or hard breathing, check for fever.  In infants there are still cases of RSV in the area.  Audible wheezing or trouble sleeping and eating may require breathing treatments.

A dry cough with congestion could be related to a viral illness.  Consider using a humidifier at night or suctioning out a congested nose.

A persistent cough with fever or fast breathing may indicate pneumonia and should be evaluated by a doctor.

Dr. Berg says her office is currently treating all of the above!