The question that people may ask themselves quite often is should they visit their doctor. Even if some symptoms do not seem major, that is still not a reason to pay him a visit. In this day and age, the latest date from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that the most common reason for visits is cough.
No matter what the situation is, have in mind that as earlier the detection is, the better are the outcomes. These are some of the signs that may indicate to visit a doctor in case of coughing.
Cough is usually classified into three types. It is based on the time the cough has started and for how long it lasts. The first one would be the acute cough that can last for around 3 weeks. There are some cases that are caused by some sort of respiratory infection so it could linger on up to even 8 weeks. That type of cough is called subacute cough. Next would be chronic and is considered as such if it lasts for more than 8 weeks.
Smoke, dust, and other environmental irritants may cause it, such as:
- Allergens from pollen
- Pet dandruff
- Upper respiratory tract infections (the flu, sinus infection, or the common cold)
- Lower respiratory tract infections (pneumonia or bronchitis)
- Chronic conditions like asthma
- More serious conditions like COVID19 or pulmonary embolism
Medicine is usually used when the cough is an acute condition. If it is causing a lot of discomfort to you or it even interferes with your sleep or has any other worrisome symptoms that will be discussed furthermore, seek the advice of a medical professional. It would be wise to listen to what the doctor has to say. He can provide you with remedies to a recurring cough and how to properly use them. In case you are prescribed with such, make sure that you are following the dosing instructions that were recommended by the practitioner. In case you decide to take care of it yourself and it is proven that it is nothing to worry about, there are some ways on how to ease your cough with these types. As an example, you could suck on hard candies or use cough drops.
A dry cough may be eased with them and they can soothe your irritated throat. In case your child has such a problem, it would be advised not to give it to them in case they are under the age of 6. Another alternative is honey.
Using a teaspoon can help you to loosen a cough. Again, if your child is younger than a certain age, in this case, one year, do not give it honey since it contains bacteria that is harmful to infants.
When Should You Be Worried?
Some of the symptoms that may be connected to cough are not normal, for example, shortness of breath, chest pain. These would not be typical cold symptoms and may give you a clue that something more serious is happening.
It would be wise to see your doctor as soon as you are able to. A short recap of things that cough may cause that interfere with your life will give you a clue if the medical professional is more than needed. These are some examples:
- In case you experience chest pain
- Have an ongoing heartburn
- In case you are coughing up blood
- If you have trouble sleeping followed by night sweats and fever
- If you have trouble breathing.
Shortness of breath is normal in cases of exercise, obesity when you are in high-altitude places or in an environment with extreme temperature. In case none of those is causing it and you are feeling breathless because of coughing you should visit your doctor. various conditions may be the cause, from asthma to bronchitis. It would especially be imperative to visit a medical professional in case the symptoms are severe and strong, especially in this day and age because of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Now and then, almost everyone will come down with the cough at a certain point. It can be for various reasons like common cold or allergies but nonetheless, they are a symptom that is in most cases overlooked and not paid attention to as much.
People are unsure of when to take action when it comes to coughing. Naturally, it is impossible to cure it within a day, but taking some medicine to calm your symptoms if you are dealing with much discomfort will help. If that and drinking tea and taking cough drops do not help, it would be best to see your doctor and ask for professional help.