Why Do I Have a Chronic Cough?
As we are headed into cold and flu season, many people will develop lingering chest congestion, and a cough. Coughing is our body’s way of trying to clear its airways. It is a natural occurrence and is rarely the sign of anything serious. However, it could be an early warning, or a symptom of something worse to come.
What can I do?
We always recommend you see our urgent care doctor if you are faced with a chronic cough. However, before seeking medical attention, you can do the following:
If your cough is the result of postnasal drip, stay hydrated. Postnasal drip is the mucus that drips down the back of our throats causing us to cough. By staying properly hydrated, we can thin out the mucus, and stop the need to cough.
Take a steamy shower
Whether your cough is caused by the remnants of a cold, or even allergies, this method can help to relieve it. The steam created in the shower will effectively loosen or break up the congestion in your nasal passages and relieve the pressure that causes you cough.
Try a cough drop
A cough drop will do is slightly numb the back of your throat and calm your reflex to cough.
When should I talk to a doctor about my cough?
Most coughs will clear up on their own within a few weeks; however, if the cough persists longer than a week, or gets progressively worse, it is now considered chronic and you should seek medical attention right away. This could be the beginnings of bronchitis, or worse, pneumonia. If you are coughing up thick mucus or experiencing other symptoms such as fever, chills, coughing up blood, or fatigue please contact a doctor immediately or come into urgent care.
Contact QuestCare Urgent Care for Cough Treatments
Our team can help manage and treat your chronic cough before it becomes something more serious.