Coughing up the info about when to visit an urgent care
First Med Urgent Care treats many patients with various illnesses that bring coughs along with them. Coughs are a signal to your body that something is definitely wrong. With all the hacking going on you may start to wonder when you should visit an urgent care or try to treat your cough at home. Knowing when to visit an urgent care for your cough may be difficult, but the type of cough and duration of the cough will be the key factors.
Dry coughs: With dry coughs there is no mucus being produced. These types of dry barking coughs are most associated with sinus infections, viral illnesses and influenza (or flu).
Wet coughs: This cough brings phlegm with it. Post-nasal drip, bronchitis and pneumonia are all common illnesses associated with the wet cough.
How you can help: Always wash your hands, disinfect your home and if you have to cough do it into your elbow to avoid spreading germs to others through the air.
It is important to note that the common cold can go either way (wet or dry) and in most cases goes away on it’s own. Time will be the test here as with all coughs. The recommendation is that if your cough does not go away within three weeks, it’s time to visit an urgent care doctor for medical treatment. A definite reason to visit an urgent care due to a cough is if you notice the cough is so strong that you feel like vomiting at the end of harsh hacking. This could mean that you have Whooping cough which needs to be treated. Coughs that last eight weeks or more are most likely not going anywhere without some help. These long-lasting coughs can be caused by other things, also, such as acid reflux or Asthma.
If you find yourself in need of medical treatment for ongoing coughs, First Med Urgent Care is here for you.