Could Your Cough Be a Sign of Something More Serious?

Monday, September 20th, 2021, 5:51 am

In many instances, a cough is simply caused by a minor issue, like the common cold or seasonal allergies. However, in some instances, a persistent cough could indicate a more serious medical concern. Knowing when to visit a doctor for a cough will help ensure that you receive the prompt medical care that you need. 

What Causes a Chronic Cough?

A cough is considered chronic if it lasts for eight weeks or more. A cough lasting several weeks can be uncomfortable and disruptive to your daily activities. Some of the common causes of a chronic cough include:

  • Asthma
  • Sinus problems
  • Pneumonia 
  • Lung infection
  • Chronic heartburn
  • Medication side effects

In some cases, a chronic cough is caused by more serious conditions, such as COPD, cystic fibrosis, or even lung cancer. However, before jumping to conclusions, visit your doctor for a professional evaluation of your cough. Your doctor will be able to pinpoint its cause and get you the treatment that you need. 

Signs That You Should Visit a Doctor for Your Cough

  • Your cough goes away, then returns. This can indicate rebound symptoms. 
  • Your cough is accompanied by a fever over 103℉. 
  • You’re also experiencing shortness of breath and/or chest pain. 
  • You’re coughing up blood, even if it’s a small amount. 

Cough and COVID-19

A cough is a typical symptom of both the common cold and COVID-19. While a common cold will likely go away on its own within a few days, cases of COVID-19 may require additional care. So, if you’re experiencing a cough, it’s wise to receive a COVID-19 test so that you know for sure. In either case, the knowledgeable team at Suncoast Urgent Care will ensure that you get the medical care that you need!

For comprehensive care for coughs and COVID-19 testing, including rapid tests, visit Suncoast Urgent Care. 

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Category: Infections

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