September, 2022

When to Visit an Urgent Care for Coughing

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

A cough that sticks around for a few days after a cold or change in the weather is nothing to worry about. Many people experience this a few times per year. But, if your cough seems to be lingering longer than normal, you may be wondering whether to seek professional help. 

You should consider visiting an urgent care for a cough that:

Persists For Several Weeks

If you have a cough that persists beyond three to four weeks, you could likely benefit from a visit to an urgent care. At this point, your cough may be indicating an underlying medical problem that requires treatment besides over-the-counter medications and at-home care. A physician at your local urgent care can pinpoint the cause of your cough and recommend appropriate treatments. 

Doesn’t Respond To Over-The-Counter Medication

Similarly, if you have a cough that won’t respond to over-the-counter medications, you may want to visit urgent care. Your doctor may be able to prescribe medications that offer relief.

It Is Accompanied By Fatigue, Breathing Problems, and Chest Pain

If your cough leads to fatigue, trouble breathing, or chest pain, it’s time to visit urgent care. Fatigue and trouble breathing with a cough can be a sign of a respiratory condition, like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Chest pain with a cough may indicate digestive problems, like GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Consists of Blood or Abnormal Mucus

Coughing up blood or abnormal mucus can be a cause for concern. While this symptom typically indicates a small injury in the nose or throat, it can be caused by an infection. So, make sure to promptly visit urgent care if you cough up blood or thick, discolored mucus. 

The team at Suncoast Urgent Care offers prompt, expert treatment for all types of coughs. Contact us today for more information!


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