Most coughs are caused by cold or flu and clear up within three weeks.
But a persistent cough, with a buildup of mucus in your chest, can have a big impact on your quality of life.
There are range of cough medicines available on the market – many that claim to help sooth the symptoms of different types of coughs.
But what’s the best way to get rid of a mucus cough?
Dr Andrew Thornber, Chief Medical Officer at the Now Healthcare Group, has recommended the best way to cure this type of cough.
He said: “There’s little evidence to show chesty cough medicines work, but your pharmacist is ideally placed to chat about your symptoms and they can also advise on decongestant treatments to help.”
But for those who prefer home remedies, Dr Thornber suggests drinking lots of water and inhaling steam from a bowl.
He said: “A good tip is to drink lots of water to loosen the mucus, which makes it easier to cough up.
Dr Andrew Thornber, Chief Medical Officer at the Now Healthcare Group, says cough medicines may not be the best option.
Instead, he advised: “Ideally take over the counter ibuprofen and/or paracetamol, rest and keep hydrated.
“Cough medicines can ease the cough, but won’t get rid of it.”
The NHS says a pharmacist can give treatment advice and recommend flu remedies.
If a cough persists for more than three weeks visit your GP.